Making the riding affordable for people to live in must be a priority for the Saskatchewan government, and that is one of NDP candidate Wayne Byers’ top priorities as well, if elected on Nov. 13.
“This government is talking about a different agenda than what I’m hearing on the door steps,” Byers said in an interview last week with the Lloydminster Source.
“It is very important that the issues that are affecting Lloydminster constituents, like the cost of living and health care, are addressed.”
Byers, who ran previously against Tim McMillan in 2011 and Milt Wakefield in 2003, said that he is surprised at how many people he still hears from, when knocking on doors, about wait time issues they are having.
“From my previous campaigns, I’m still seeing the long wait times, and these issues have to be addressed by this government,” he said.
“What I’m noticing in the campaign is seeing young families that are concerned about making ends meet by living paycheque to paycheque.”
He went on to say that the cost of rent in the riding has become an issue for many residents and it needs to be addressed by the provincial government.
“This government isn’t doing much to help the first time homebuyer either,” he said.
The NDP candidate said that he hasn’t seen much from this government to help address the issue of affordable housing in the province either.
“Last week, I didn’t see much in the speech from the throne to address these issues that I’m hearing at the doorstep.”
Byers said he believes that the fact that the NDP leader has been in the Lloydminster riding numerous times this summer and twice since the byelection was called, shows the NDP are here to listen to the concerns of Lloydminster constituents, bring them to Regina, and not force the views of Regina on the people of Lloydminster.
“(Leader Cam Broten) is up to date with the issues that are happening in Lloydminster, and our constituents feel as though they finally have someone who they can talk to,” he said. “Residents are happy that they have someone who is listening to their concerns and not feeling as though they are being ignored.
“I will continue the work that Cam has done, after I’m elected on Nov. 13. I will be taking the message that I hear at the doorsteps and bringing it to Regina.”
Byers went on to say that he is hearing issues that were raised in the last election, like health care, education, and long term care facilities.
“These issues don’t just go away, and we have to keep hammering at this government, that we need something done on these issues.”
He went on to say that these messages have to come from the people.
Broten, who was in the riding on Friday, canvassed with Byers in local shops and traveled around the riding, putting in signs and meeting with citizens on the street.