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.
Our government has made the move to close Saskatchewan's Hearing Aid Program services to infants with hearing loss, as a cost savings measure for the provincial deficit. Elimination of the program will result in the loss of 9 audiology positions that are responsible for the provision of services to vulnerable citizens—including services to infants identified through the infant hearing program in Saskatoon. This is a move by our government that lacks foresight and consideration of the health care needs of children in our province in the absence of a province-wide Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program in Saskatchewan and increases the difficulty of accessing audiology services in our province.
Important points to be aware of:
- There will be longer wait times to see an audiologist
- Lack of such a program will lead to more difficulty in the detection of hearing loss at an early age, and more long term support costs.
- Hearing loss is one of the most common congenital conditions for infants
- The absence of a provincial program for infants with hearing loss in Saskatchewan is a disservice to many of the youngest and most vulnerable citizens of the province
- In light of the high educational and vocational support costs associated with unidentified hearing loss, early hearing programs lead to savings in other publicly funded areas.
Budgetary constraints should never have resulted in the government taking such an extreme action that impacts a vital health service impacting the hearing services for children. All children in our province deserve a chance to hear and communicate and a chance to succeed. Please join with us to call on the government to stop its cutting of the provincial hearing aid program for infants in our province.
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At the recent 2017 AGM, held on June 3, 2017, in Regina the below was unanimously passed by our party membership as our party policy for carbon pricing. A plan to help Saskatchewan meet its climate change commitments while creating prosperity and growth for our province as well.
BE IT RESOLVED:
1 That the SGP adopt a policy of carbon pricing in Saskatchewan aimed at reducing the emission of carbon dioxide. This policy should be in the form of a modified fee and dividend rather than cap and trade, and should be imposed upstream, at a rate proportional to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted when the fuel is burnt. Revenues from this fee must be consistent with the Green principle of social justice.
2 That in its implementation a Saskatchewan Green Party government would use a hybrid system, in which the greater part of the revenues collected are paid out to citizens and permanent residents on low and medium income, and the other part used to develop renewable energy infrastructure as well as to enable business start-ups related to renewables, energy efficiency, the use of electric vehicles, and public transit.
3 That special measures be developed to deal with specific sectors such as agriculture and heavy industry.
4 That carbon pricing is viewed by the Party as only one in a package of mutually reinforcing measures with the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enabling a just transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy.
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 to call on our provincial government to take decisive action on climate change for Saskatchewan.
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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 was founded in 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 to ask our government to not shut down our public transportation crown corporation, STC.
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August 24, 2017
The Saskatchewan Green Party sees poverty as one of the most pressing issues facing our province. Our government should live up to its commitments under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This covenant outlines that all in our province receive standard conditions of work, such as earning fair wages. In addition, our government commits to providing a standard of living for all its residents, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and ongoing improvement of living conditions. The Saskatchewan Green Party would take steps to follow through on this commitment.
We would seek to reform existing legislation, policy, and practice. Our goal is to enact a Saskatchewan Poverty Elimination Act that would comply with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. This would commit our government to real action on poverty such as establishing programs to assure income security, living wages and housing first. We would also introduce a pilot program to help implement province-wide guaranteed basic income. These are steps that Taylor Bolin, candidate for Saskatoon-Fairview, sees as top priority: "Growing up and while currently living in the area, I can see how our most vulnerable residents have been hit by poor government financial management and are now the ones left struggling to make ends meet. I truly believe that if we extend a helping hand to those in need, our entire province will be better off. As they say, you can only be as strong as the weakest link, in this case we can only be as wealthy as our poorest citizens". Rather than wasting billions of dollars each year on perpetuating poverty, our government should make eliminating poverty a priority to save public funds and improve the lives of all in our province.
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