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Teachers ask for arbitration, Regina nomination news, and a look at Wakamow

March 15, 2024 | Advertise with us

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Here’s The SKoop for today:

  • The Saskatchewan Party government leads the nation in performance, but criticism on key issues grows according to new polling,

  • Teachers ask for binding arbitration,

  • A new Sask. Party candidate in Regina Northeast, and

  • A look at Moose Jaw Wakamow!

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Today’s Top Stories

Sask. government leads nation in performance, but criticism grows on key issues: Angus Reid poll

In its latest report, Angus Reid found a national trend of decline – as Canadians in all provinces “grow more critical of their governments as unresolved issues linger.” Angus Reid reported that a majority of residents surveyed say the government is doing a poor job on education (62 percent), health care (66 percent), and inflation (61 percent).

Saskatchewan’s overall performance leads the country with a score of 42 – 11 points above the current national average but 23 points below its score five years ago. “The Saskatchewan government has consistently outperformed its peers when it comes to residents’ assessments of how it is handling key files,” the report read. “However, it has not been immune to the rising tide of criticism facing all provincial governments, especially on the top issues of health care and inflation.”

Teachers federation wants dispute on class size, complexity to go to binding arbitration

The Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation is calling for binding arbitration on issues of classroom size and complexity - the two issues that continue to be the sticking point between the federation and provincial government. A neutral, third-party arbitrator would hear from both sides and then come to a decision that both sides would have to comply with. But both parties must agree for binding arbitration to take effect.

STF President Samantha Becotte said further escalated job action would take effect if the government does not agree to arbitration saying, “To put this in clear terms: if the government refuses binding arbitration, then Minister [Jeremy] Cockrill and Premier [Scott] Moe are choosing to cancel school trips, graduation planning, band festivals, Hoopla and so many more of this year’s activities that bring joy to our students and school communities.”

In response, Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill said he was not interested in binding arbitration on classroom size and complexity issues and pointed to the recent pre-budget funding announcement and multi-year deal signed with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association that would address classroom size and complexity.

The stalemate continues.

Rahul Singh Nominated in Regina Northeast

The Saskatchewan Party will look to bring a new face to the legislature in Regina Northeast after the next election. Rahul Singh was acclaimed as the party’s candidate for Regina Northeast last night.

Incumbent MLA for the constituency Gary Grewal announced he will not be seeking re-election in order to focus his time on his family. Grewal has made news over the last few months for owning hotels that received money from the Ministry of Social Services.

Singh has an MBA in Finance and a MSc in International Business from the University of British Columbia and is very involved in Regina.

The NDP nominated teacher Jacqueline Roy as their candidate last year.

Constituency Spotlight: Moose Jaw Wakamow

Each week leading up to the 2024 election, The SKoop Political Briefing will highlight a constituency that has nominated a candidate from at least both major parties. Today, we look at Kelvington-Wadena.

The incumbent: Megan Patterson is not the incumbent, but the Saskatchewan Party’s Greg Lawrence has held this seat since 2011. Patterson has a MBA and works for a crown corporation. She was a previous candidate in Regina Lakeview and would bring a sense of renewal to the party.

The challenger: Melissa Patterson is the NDP candidate for the constituency. Patterson is a longtime employee of Casino Moose Jaw and is actively involved in her union. She is a longtime volunteer and received over 40% of the vote in 2020.

The takeaway: It’s a battle of the M. Patterson’s in Moose Jaw. Greg Lawrence is not running again after holding the riding since 2011 so this seat is up for grabs. The NDP has history here as Premier Lorne Calvert and Deb Higgins are from what was an NDP stronghold from 1967-2011. NDP leader Carla Beck has her eyes on this seat as she looks to expand out of the two major centres. Both party leaders visit Moose Jaw regularly. This toss-up riding will be a good battleground to watch in 2024!

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