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Here’s The SKoop for Wednesday, May 1:

  • Government developing framework to let third-party organizations back in classrooms,

  • Poilievre removed from House of Commons, Tory caucus leaves in protest, and

  • Setting up tonight’s contested nomination in White City-Qu’Appelle.

Today’s Top Stories

Sask. looking at a framework to let third-party organizations back into schools

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Education is working on a policy that will allow third-party presenters back into the classrooms after they were banned last year.

The Ministry of Education said they are reviewing "the policies and procedures for third-party organizations who present on sexual health education in classrooms."

The government previously held an emergency sitting of the legislature last summer to pass Bill 137, the Parents Bill of Rights and invoke the notwithstanding clause.

The cause for the bill was an incident where a student came across inappropriate materials brought in by Planned Parenthood during a class focused on sex education. Planned Parenthood says the materials were never intended for the school group and were disappointed by the government’s ban.

Community groups, non-profits and non-governmental organizations have been speaking out and advocating for amendments and changes to the policy that would allow presentations to take place. The CEO of YWCA Regina, Melissa Coomber-Bentson, said she spoke with Education minister Jeremy Cockrill at a recent government announcement saying, “We felt very strongly that it did impact our ability to address or prevent intimate partner violence in our community.”

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Poilievre kicked out of Commons, Tory caucus walks out in protest

Federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre was kicked out of the House of Commons during Question Period on Tuesday for calling the Prime Minister a ‘wacko.’

In a heated Question Period exchange on drug decriminalization, the Conservative leader asked when the ‘whacko’ Prime Minister would abandon his ‘wacko’ policies of allowing meth, cocaine and heroin on the streets of B.C.

Mr. Poilievre was asked to ‘simply withdraw’ his parliamentary comment. As seen in the video, Poilievre asked the speaker to replace the word ‘whacko’ with ‘extremist’ in the official record. The Speaker, Greg Fergus, still asked the opposition leader to leave and the entire caucus left in process.

Poilievre has been feuding with BC Premier David Eby in recent weeks - something that may explain the sudden rise of the BC Conservatives provincially.

The debate on drug policy is taking place in Saskatchewan as well, with Scott Moe posting a comparison of the Sask. NDP to the BC New Democrats, and continuing to make the same comparison in Question Period in Regina.

Sask. Party to hold contested nomination tonight

Brady Peter, Nevin Markwart, and Brad Crassweller have put their names forward.

The Saskatchewan Party will hold a contested nomination in White City-Qu’Appelle tonight.

Three candidates have been campaigning for weeks to earn the votes of local members. Small business owner Brad Crassweller, political staffer Brady Peter, and former NHL player Nevin Markwart have all put their names forward.

The riding of White City-Qu’Appelle is a new constituency encompassing Regina's outskirts. Created from what used to be Indian Head-Milestone and the rural area of Regina Wascana Plains, this new riding also includes three First Nations.

Incumbent MLA for Indian Head-Milestone Don McMorris announced that he would not be seeking re-election. He was first elected in 1999 and has served in numerous cabinet positions.

The SKoop will keep you posted on the results tomorrow.

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2024 Election Candidate Tracker

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  • Gene Makowsky - Regina University

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