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Here’s The SKoop for Monday, May 13:

  • Reaction to teacher’s vote result continues,

  • MLAs head back to Regina for one last rodeo before election, and

  • Drug treatment and healthcare announcements in The Battlefords.

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Teachers reject contract offer: more reaction

Saskatchewan NDP leader Carla Beck took to social media on Friday to respond to Saskatchewan teachers voting overwhelmingly to reject the government’s “final” contract offer.

In the video, Beck once again calls on Premier Scott Moe to fire the Education Minister, and says that a change in government is the only way to get real change in education.

The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) also announced in a news release Friday that its members will be voting this week on extending sanctions beyond the current school year. The STF said its existing mandate from teachers to implement job sanctions expires June 30, and a new mandate would be in effect until a new agreement is reached with the province. It’s almost certain that STF members will vote in favour of extending a job sanctions mandate.

Saskatchewan teachers resoundingly voted ‘No’ on a contract offer from the provincial government last Thursday. Results released by the STF last week showed that 90% of STF members voted against the new contract offer. 92% of all STF members voted.

In response to the vote, Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill said he was ‘disappointed’ and called for the teachers union to return to the bargaining table. Compensation and increased funding support for classroom complexity remain the major issues for the STF going forward.

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MLAs head into final week of spring session

Saskatchewan MLAs are in Regina for the final four days of the legislative session.

This is the last chance for the parties to go head-to-head until they break for the summer, and until after the fall election.

Expect Premier Scott Moe and his government MLAs to begin teeing up the “ballot question” and the choice that voters will have in the fall election, and look for Carla Beck and the NDP to continue their efforts to shape the election into a referendum on the government.

Farewell speeches from all 16 MLAs not seeking re-election are expected, as well as Royal Assent for any remaining bills.

As the temperature gets hotter outside, temperatures may rise inside the house as MLAs will only have a few more chances to get in any last-minute jabs during Question Period.

Premier, Ministers, in The Battlefords for announcements

Credit: Premier Scott Moe (X)

Premier Scott Moe was in North Battleford alongside other cabinet ministers for announcements last week.

Moe, Education Minister and The Battlefords MLA Jeremy Cockrill, and Attorney General Bronwyn Eyre were there to announce the expansion of the Drug Treatment Court Program to North Battleford as part of our government’s $574 million investment in mental health and addiction services. The therapeutic court model is offered as an alternative to jail for some people who are charged with crimes related to their drug use or addictions.

Addictions and mental health have recently become a hot topic in Saskatchewan with theSaskatchewan Party government recently comparing the NDP to its namesake in British Columbia amid decriminalization concerns.

Moe, Cockrill and Advanced Education minister Gord Wyant were also on hand to announce funding and training seats to support the government’s Healthcare Human Resources Plan. $51.2 million was announced to support an expanded number of training seats for registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses.

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