Six weeks of lively debates inside of the Saskatchewan Legislature Building came to an end on Thursday as the Fall sitting came to a conclusion.
Premier Scott Moe said that some of the highlights of the session occurred outside of the Legislative Assembly. Moe says the COVID numbers have improved in the province over the last couple of months. He pointed out that over 925,000 residents have received their first dose including 37,000 individuals age 5-11. The Premier said it was an effort attained by the government and the residents of the province.” That was the goal of the whole government and if you look at the results it was the efforts of the people across this province.”
Exports were another highlight for the Premier during the Fall sitting which saw a 42% increase in October 2021 as compared to October 2020 which he says is one of the signs that Saskatchewan’s economy will be able to recover from the pandemic.
The investment into the Indigenous Finance Corporation was another item that stood out for Moe during the Fall sitting. He says this will allow the province’s Indigenous groups and communities more access to participate in the economy within Saskatchewan.
Opposition Leader Ryan Meili says the opposition spent the Fall sitting telling the stories of residents who were affected by the Provincial government who listened to other sources of information instead of medical professionals.
Meili was happy to see some results during the sitting. “Seeing families like the Finns get refunded for the cost that they should have never have to bear. We see some results in the short term and direct term which are important, we are also hearing messages back from Saskatchewan people who are sick and tired of a government that doesn’t take them seriously who puts politics ahead of their lives.”
It was very important for the NDP leader to present those individuals to the Saskatchewan government. “That’s why we felt why it was so important to share those stories, to put those people in front of the Premier so that maybe, just maybe he changed his ways, he acknowledged his failures and more importantly we can get to a place with a government that does care about Saskatchewan people.”
The two sides of the Legislative Assembly will resume their duties inside of the Saskatchewan Legislature Building for the Spring sitting which will begin on March 7.