It didn’t take too long for Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party Cam Broten to make his presence known in the riding of Lloydminster last week.
With meetings with the Lloydminster Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care Society and riding associations executives, Broten brought his summer tour to the Border City.
Speaking with the Lloydminster Source, Broten said that the he’s hearing the same thing in each community as he crosses the province.
“It’s fundamentally about what we do as a province which affects the people of Saskatchewan,” he said. “For me, politics isn’t just about the province doing well, it can’t be about bragging about the GDP numbers, but it has to translate into making life better for people in Saskatchewan.
“Better health care, better education, better cost of living for families, and these are issues that the Saskatchewan NDP care about as a party.”
When asked if he thought that was the biggest failing of the current government, Broten said the government isn’t about helping people but more worried about themselves.
“Take today for example, the seniors group in Lloydminster were advocating for better seniors care and there is a disconnect that people are seeing. The economy is doing well, but that hasn’t translated into smaller classrooms sizes for kids, or enough care-aids for care facilities, so seniors have enough help getting to the bathroom, or getting meals.
“There is a disconnect there and there has to be a better focus ensuring that Saskatchewan families benefit from what’s going on in the province,” he said.
Broten said that benefit has to be seen in areas around the province that are growing like the Lloydminster area.
“It’s about the choices that this government has made, a need to focus on things that matter the most and a need to address the basics,” he said.
Broten said that health care can be used as an example of where the government isn’t focused on what matters, but more on their pet project.
“This government has been willing to fork over untold millions of dollars flying in a Japanese sensei for $3,500 a day, signing a big fat contract with an American consultant,” he said.
“They have got all of that money for more administration and more levels of government and forcing people into the training, but they claim poverty when they are ensuring that there is enough care-aides or enough lifts in care facilities, or ensuring that a classroom size is the appropriate size for kids.”
Broten said that the cost of living under this government has increased as well.
“We see the cost of living increase, and we see people being asked to pay extra time and time again,” he said. “Whether it’s through SaskPower, SaskEnergy or provincial camping fees.”
Broten, who became leader of the Saskatchewan NDP in 2013, came to the Lloydminster riding for the second time since being elected as the leader.
While in the riding, he met with local NDP supporters and was presented with a petition from the Concerned Citizens for Seniors Care.
The same petition was presented to MLA Larry Doke and Minister of Remote and Rural Health Tim McMillan earlier this summer.
For more on Broten’s visit, see Thursday’s Source.