NDP seeks coroners inquest into death of Samwel Uko in Regina


The NDP is calling on the SaskParty government to launch a coroner’s inquest into the death of Samwel Uko, who was pulled from Wascana Lake in Regina in late May.

Opposition leader Ryan Meili says Uko was suicidal and went to hospital for help, but was turned away.

He says the family is grieving and wants answers.

Premier Scott Moe offered condolences to the family and said the coroner is investigating and the province will support whatever his decision is on an inquest.

Justice minister Don Morgan says the Saskatchewan Health Authority is also looking into the incident.

Also in the legislature,  the NDP is worried about a credit downgrade for the province of Saskatchewan.

Opposition critic Trent Wotherspoon says SaskParty government mismanagement will be costly to taxpayers.

Finance minister Donna Harpauer says one credit agency has done a slight downgrade.

But she says Saskatchewan still has the second highest credit rating in Canada.

She says the downgrade will not affect the province’s borrowing capacity, which is must stronger than other provinces.

She says the province went into the pandemic with a strong financial position.

Harpauer suspects the credit agency will downgrade ratings for several provinces because of the COVID-19 outbreak.


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