WRONG PRIORITIES: AN AUSTERITY BUDGET FOR CHILDREN, SENIORS, AND PUBLIC SERVICES
budget for the upcoming fiscal year advances priorities that are not commonly held by the people of the province. The budget makes a number of cuts to valuable public services on which the people of Saskatchewan rely.
“The most disappointing thing about the budget,” said Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour, “is that it illustrates a disconnect between the government and working people. Instead of cutting 110 jobs in social services, 45 jobs in Highways, and 60 jobs in Environment, we could be seeing the increased revenue from setting fair natural resource royalty rates and protecting our valuable services.”
Prior to the last election the government had misguidedly pledged to cut funding to vital services by a total of 16%, amounting to 500 jobs this fiscal year alone. The budget continues along a similar path of service cuts, but spends additional taxpayer money on handouts to construction companies.
“We’ve recently heard that the government has found plenty of money to hire more politicians, and yet they have cut nearly 500 public service jobs this year alone. Today the government chose construction company profits over people, politicians over children and seniors. Today they pursued the wrong priorities.”