The third session of the 29th Saskatchewan Legislature kicked off on Monday, with both parties renewing their focus for the next ten weeks.
Premier Scott Moe said they focus on what they feel is most important to Saskatchewan residents.
“We talk about growth that works for everyone, and that isn’t just a tagline,” he said. “That is why we are engaging around the world on ensuring we are able to access those markets to provide that food, fuel, and fertilizer to the world so we can reinvest in hospitals, schools, teachers, nurses, and surgeries.”
Moe said the session would have its fair share of challenges, such as the ongoing effects of inflation.
“We’re facing those at the family household level, facing them at the investment level with some of the investments that are being made in the province, and we are doing what we can to support families through that.”
“We have a challenge with the federal government,” Moe continued. “We are going to defend the people of Saskatchewan from these policies that are not favourable to Saskatchewan folks, but in the same breath, we are going to work with other levels of government at times.”
Official Leader of the Opposition Carla Beck said they would continue to bring forward the issue they feel are most important.
“The issues that you’ll see the Saskatchewan NDP focus on are the same issues that we’ve been hearing from people across the province are most urgent and most front of mind for them right now,” she said. “Jobs, economy, and the state of healthcare.”
Beck those three issues they’ve heard the most during their province-wide tour.
“This is informed by so many conversations that we’ve been having with people in the province, and it’s on this Premier and this Sask. Party to be held accountable for their own record, particularly Moe’s record over the last five years.”
While both parties go back on forth on the house floor, they will soon have to turn their attention to the upcoming provincial budget, which is expected to be introduced on March 22.
Both leaders will have to turn their attention quickly to the upcoming budget as the provincial government is expected to introduce its budget on March 22.
The leaders will also have to focus on finding candidates for two upcoming byelections later this year.
Moe and the Sask. Party is currently down two seats after MLA for Regina-Coronation Park Mark Docherty and Lumsden-Morse Lyle Stewart stepped down.
There seems to be no rush for either party to name a candidate, as Moe is yet to call a date for either of the two byelections, which will take place in the next six months.