We are a political party driven by the people and for the people. We remember our past and cherish the future. While fostering growth in new ideas, sectors and technologies, we strive to minimize our impact on the environment in every decision we make. We endeavor to create a better, healthier and long-term sustainable Saskatchewan for every citizen.
The Wall government has “suggested” publicly a wage rollback of 3.5% and a wage freeze for the next four years for all public sector workers.
They have previously said they would leave it to contract negotiations as the way to implement their suggestions.
However there are concerns that the government will not stick to this promise.
It is now believed that the government wishes to introduce legislation in the last days of the current session to force the 3.5% wage rollback on all public sector workers and legislate a wage freeze at the lower rate for 4 years.
This legislation would mean no matter how high the cost of living climbs there would be no raise in pay for public employees.
The impacts are damaging in that:
- That local jobs such as those in health centres and schools are vital to the survival of urban, and especially rural communities.
- That rolling back wages and enforcing wage freezes will reduce tax revenues for our government to fund our local health centres and schools,
- That a wage rollback and freeze will seriously harm workers' abilities to make ends meet.
- That local businesses and services rely on the stability of public sector jobs to support communities.
There is still time to act to stop this. Please download, sign and share the petition and make your pledge to help stop the damage this will cause to not only our public employees but also to our local economy and businesses.
The current legislative session ends on Thursday May 18, 2017 so our time is short.
Saskatchewan continues to have one of the worst records in Canada on tackling climate change. This has negative impacts on the health of people in our province, increases the incidents of extreme weather from droughts and floods, increases the occurrences of wildfires, harms agriculture, threatens our water security and also puts the economic well being of our province at risk.
There are many areas we should be concerned about:
- Saskatchewan has a high dependency on coal for electricity generation with 30% of our total generating capacity currently coming from coal
- Emissions have risen 8% since 2005 in Saskatchewan
- Saskatchewan’s power grid remains the second most carbon intensive in Canada, at 780 grams CO2 per kWh
- The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases and Adaptation to Climate Change Act does not stipulate an emissions baseline year nor an emissions reduction target.
- Our premier opposes a carbon pricing plan for Saskatchewan despite it being an effective means to reduce emissions and bring economic benefits to the province
- Saskatchewan has the second lowest use of renewables among the provinces in Canada
- Our province has the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in Canada
Our premier has downplayed Saskatchewan's contribution to climate change in Canada, avoided hard targets on taking climate action and continues his support for further fossil fuel development. Even as the climate change crisis continues to escalate our premier has avoided taking meaningful steps to tackle climate change. This must change to preserve the future of our province, our nation and our planet. Please join with us ,and many others in our province, to call on the government to take decisive action on climate change for Saskatchewan.
Please download, sign and pledge your support for Climate Action for Saskatchewan.
Public Transportation Is Valuable
The provincial government announced in its 2017 provincial budget that it will be shutting down the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC) freight service as of May 19, 2017 and passenger service as of May 31, 2017. This decision was done without any consultation with the public despite the deep impacts that this will have on many people's lives across Saskatchewan. A crown corporation that has been in operation since 1946 will cease to exist leading to isolating many who depend on its services and escalating the cost of transportation and freight to many communities in our province.
- STC transports freight and deliveries for small businesses, books for interlibrary loans, parts and supplies for farmers and blood for clinics.
- STC Express Service is vital to businesses across the province. STC allows them to meet their courier needs with same day delivery.
- 93% of passengers and 95% of people who ship goods say they’re satisfied with STC service.
- STC evacuates people during summer wildfires and spring floods as well as transporting volunteers assisting during such crises.
- With the loss of STC, there will be increased costs to the government to move blood and other medical supplies, for the transportation of people with medical appointments, for emergency evacuations, among other essential services. Saskatchewan residents will also pay more to meet their own routine transportation needs.
All of this shows how valuable STC is to our province and that many people are satisfied with the services it provides. Please join with us and many others in our province to ask the government to not shut down our public transportation crown corporation, STC.
Download and sign the petition, and make the pledge to save STC.43 signatures
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May 14, 2017
The Saskatchewan Green Party is all about sustainability and higher education is the basis of a sustainable economy. The only way for our economy to be viable in the long run is to ensure that young people are prepared for the careers of tomorrow. It is the most important investment anyone can make.
If government were to provide nothing else to its citizens, it would be to ensure that we have an employed labour force for the future. Young people must be prepared to address the economic, social and environmental problems of tomorrow, using the technology of tomorrow. Intead, the Wall government has recently cut the budgets of our three post-secondary institutions.
This is short sighted. Apparently they prefer to offer tax cuts to large corporations and the rich. They prefer to build roads-to-nowhere and hold fire sales for our high tech companies. This might help mask the true magnitude of their fiscal deficit, but it does nothing to hide their intellectual deficit. They have no foresight. To address the government’s fiscal problems, we don’t need stop-gap panic-driven solutions. We don’t need an undereducated working class. We don’t need a cheap labour force. We need to develop an educated, self-sufficient, high-wage middle-class.
This means greater prosperity, higher tax revenue (at lower per capita rates) and lower government costs for social services, justice and health care. This is sustainable. True prosperity does not come from a wasteful nineteenth century reliance on a boom and bust resource-based economy. The Klondike gold rush is over. So is the rush for fossil fuels.
The economy of today and tomorrow is a post-consumer, post-industrial, sustainable, green, knowledge-based economy. It’s the best investment a society can make.
Saskatchewan Green Party
Annual General Meeting Announcement
We are pleased to announce this year’s Annual General Meeting will be held in Regina on June 3, 2017 at 2 pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 1861 McIntyre Street.
This promises to be an exciting AGM as we introduce our strategic plan for growing the party and developing the structure toward achieving electoral success in 2020. Here is your chance to shape the direction of our party as an executive member or to nominate another member to the executive who would like to be part of the leadership team of the Saskatchewan Green Party. It is also your opportunity to help us update and modernize our constitution and bylaws. We are the only true grassroots party in Saskatchewan and we rely on our membership to help support and develop the party.
If you have any proposed changes to the Constitution or Bylaws please submit them in writing by midnight of Friday, April 28, 2017. Please remember to be specific with your proposed changes. If you are proposing a change to an existing bylaw we need to know exactly which bylaw you are referring to. Please send the proposed changes to email@example.com.
Election of Executive
This year at the AGM we will be electing the following executive positions:
- Deputy Party Leader
- Party President
- Party Vice President
- Treasurer and Chief Official Agent
- Organizing Chair
- Fundraising Chair
- Youth Representative
To have your name added to the list of candidates for the executive, please use the download link to the nomination paper and return it either by fax to 306-956-0831 or scanned email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of midnight Friday, April 28, 2017.
We will accept a copy of a completed nomination paper as proof of your intention to run as a candidate for the executive; however we will require the original form to be delivered in person before voting starts at the AGM. The copy of the original form submitted before the April 28 deadline must contain the signatures required and all nominators must be current party members. We look forward to creating a provincial executive team that represents a wide cross section of the province. Please read the constitution and bylaws, especially Bylaw 8, to ensure you understand the roles and responsibilities of each position. Most executive positions are a one-year term, except Party President which is a 2-year commitment.
Questions on the AGM may be directed to our Treasurer/Chief Official Agent, Dave Abbey at email@example.com or by phone at 306-491-8291.
Please be aware there is a $10 registration fee, which will be counted as a renewal of membership (for existing 5 year and lifetime members the registration fee will be considered a donation). You may pay your registration fee online with your RSVP or in person at the AGM.