MP JOLIBOIS DENOUNCES FEDERAL AND PROVINCIAL FUNDING CUTS TO VITAL SOCIAL SERVICES

OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commons NDP Western Economic Diversification Critic Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé--Missinippi--Churchill River) stood to denounce unfair cuts by federal and provincial governments in Saskatchewan .   

Jolibois: 

“Mr. Speaker,

I am appalled to see the continued neglect of Northerners by this federal government and by the province of Saskatchewan. Last month, both levels of government presented budgets that failed to address the daily challenges Northerners face and threaten their services. The‎ Sask. Party’s mass cuts of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company will further isolate northern communities. This will hurt the economy and the most vulnerable in our communities. Medical patients, businesses and students depend on this vital service. Libraries will see their funding cut by 58 percent, putting at risk programs such as Toddler Story Hour, Summer Reading Camps and Creative Writing Clubs. Like the teenagers who stood proudly to support the Meadow Lake Library at the Drop Everything and Read Event, I invite all residents of Saskatchewan to take action such as signing available petitions. Let me be clear, sacrificing our essential services due to poor fiscal management by the Saskatchewan government is unacceptable! ”

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