Meanwhile, NDP leader Ryan Meili responded to the job loss numbers saying it’s unfortunate Saskatchewan families have to struggle to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meili says when this pandemic is over, there needs to be a change on how Saskatchewan’s economy operates in case something like this happens again.
“For too long, the Saskatchewan economy has been short-term, rip-and-ship, and these catastrophic events show how vulnerable that type of approach leaves us,” Meili said. “We look at hand sanitizer, health care supplies, even flour, how vulnerable we are when we’re so reliant on the rest of the world for the things we need.”
However, after Moe indicated federal funding is paying Saskatchewan people to not work, Meili said that’s a dangerous claim, and is frankly insulting.
“We see that the jobs just aren’t there, we know that Saskatchewan people are wanting to be on the job,” Meili said. “They want to be there safely, they want to be there if the jobs are there
“They’re anxiously wanting to work, and that work just isn’t there for them.”
Meili adds any notion of cutting supports at this time to encourage people to go back to work is “backwards.”