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STF and Government return to bargaining, candidate to be nominated in Saskatoon Southeast, and federal carbon tax confusion

April 15, 2024 | Advertise with us

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Good morning. Yesterday was the official start of the 2024 Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) Convention. There’s a lot happening this week at the annual event, with Premier Scott Moe addressing delegates in a keynote today, Carla Beck will give her pitch to attendees tomorrow, and the cabinet bear pit session closes out the conference on Wednesday. Plus, Abacus Data’s David Coletto will address the crowd on Tuesday morning, presumably with polling data on something municipal-related. We will have all the big stories coming out of the SUMA convention.

Here’s The SKoop for Monday, April 15:

  • Teachers pause job action as STF and government return to bargaining,

  • The Saskatchewan Party to nominate a candidate in Saskatoon Southeast, and

  • The federal NDP unclear on carbon tax position

Today’s Top Stories

Teachers, Government to return to bargaining table

Premier Scott Moe took to social media on Friday to announce that the government’s bargaining committee and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation will resume bargaining next week.

In a Friday press conference, STF President Samantha Becotte had a change in tone, beginning her remarks by thanking Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill, saying, “We have been assured that the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee (GTBC) has a new mandate to properly address all of the issues important to teachers.” She added, “We appreciate the effort made by Minister Cockrill to work with the STF in order to facilitate a return to the bargaining table.”

The STF has paused all planned job action going forward. The STF and GTBC are scheduled to return to bargaining tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16.

The government has stated it is willing to put an accountability framework into legislation while maintaining school divisions maintain management rights. Premier Moe said he is ‘hopeful’ that a deal will be done soon.

Sask. Party to nominate candidate in Saskatoon Southeast

Saskatchewan Party nomination candidates John Owojori, Mubarik Syed, and Henry Chan

Three candidates will be on the ballot to become the next Saskatchewan Party candidate for Saskatoon Southeast tonight.

Saskatoon Southeast has been held by Sask. Party stalwart and longtime MLA Don Morgan since 2003. Morgan was one of the first incumbents to announce that he would not be seeking re-election. Saskatoon Southeast has traditionally been a safe Sask. Party seat, as it was one of the first three urban seats in Saskatoon won by the Saskatchewan Party.

The three candidates are Mubarik Syed, John Owojori, and Henry Chan. The meeting at Prarieland Park will be the 10th contested nomination for the party this cycle.

Justin Trudeau ‘doesn’t understand’ NDP’s position on carbon tax

There seems to be federal confusion when it comes to the carbon tax.

The federal NDP recently voted with the Conservatives to force the Prime Minister to meet with Premiers regarding the carbon tax, with the NDP critic saying that the consumer carbon tax '“is not the be-all-end-all of environmental policy.”

This past weekend, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh gave a speech at the Broadbent Institute where he said, "It (fighting climate change) can't be done by letting working families bear the cost of climate change while big polluters make bigger and bigger profits," said Singh. "We all lose if we make Canadians choose between an affordable life and fighting the climate crisis."

After the speech, Singh was asked by reporters to clarify if he supported removing the consumer carbon tax, but did not. In an emailed statement to the CBC, Singh said that the NDP's position has not changed.

Prime Minister Trudeau said he did not understand the NDP leader’s position saying, "I don't entirely understand the position of the NDP in pulling back both from affordability measures and from the fight against climate change, but I can assure everyone that this government, my government, will continue to step up on the fight against climate change. We'll continue to put more money in families' pockets.”

Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre said Singh is ‘jumping ship.’ The federal NDP are likely split on what to do as some NDP provincial leaders like David Eby support the federal carbon tax, while other provincial New Democrats like Carla Beck and Wab Kinew do not.

2024 Election Candidate Tracker

  • Premier Scott Moe - Rosthern Shellbrook

  • Lisa Lambert - Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood

  • Muhammad Fiaz - Regina Pasqua

  • Jeremy Harrison - Meadow Lake

  • Lori Carr - Estevan-Big Muddy

  • Eric Schmalz - Saskatchewan Rivers

  • David Buckingham - Saskatoon Westview

  • Bronwyn Eyre - Saskatoon Stonebridge

  • Steven Bonk - Moosomin-Montmartre

  • Jeremy Cockrill - The Battlefords

  • Ken Cheveldayoff - Saskatoon Willowgrove

  • Gene Makowsky - Regina University

  • Alana Ross - Prince Albert Northcote

  • Christine Tell - Regina Wascana Plains

  • Hugh Nerlien - Kelvington-Wadena

  • Marv Friesen - Saskatoon Riversdale

  • David Marit - Wood River

  • Doug Steele - Cypress Hills

  • Terry Jenson - Warman

  • Daryl Harrison - Cannington

  • Travis Keisig - Last Mountain Touchwood

  • Everett Hindley - Swift Current

  • Todd Goudy - Melfort

  • Sean Wilson - Canora-Pelly

  • Warren Kaeding - Melville-Saltcoats

  • Tim McLeod - Moose Jaw North

  • Paul Merriman - Saskatoon Silverspring

  • Terri Bromm - Carrot River Valley

  • Joe Hargrave - Prince Albert Carlton

  • Colleen Young - Lloydminster

  • Jim Reiter - Rosetown-Delisle

  • Jim Lemaigre - Athabasca

  • Kim Gartner - Kindsersley-Biggar

  • Khushdil "Lucky" Mehrok - Regina South Albert

  • Blaine McLeod - Lumsden-Morse

  • Megan Patterson - Moose Jaw Wakamow

  • Darlene Rowden - Batoche

  • Laura Ross - Regina Rochdale

  • David Chan - Yorkton

  • James Thorsteinson - Cut Knife-Turtleford

  • Rahul Singh - Regina Northeast

  • Riaz Ahmad - Regina Coronation Park

  • Ghislaine McLeod - Saskatoon University-Sutherland

  • Jamie Martens - Martensville-Blairmore

  • Maureen Alice Torr - Saskatoon Meewasin

  • Barret Kropf - Dakota-Arm River

  • Nicole Rancourt - Prince Albert Northcote

  • Joan Pratchler - Regina Rochdale

  • Betty Nippi-Albright - Saskatoon Centre

  • Aleana Young (Regina South Albert)

  • Trent Wotherspoon (Regina Mount Royal)

  • Nicole Sarauer (Regina Douglas Park)

  • Meara Conway (Regina Elphinstone Centre)

  • Matt Love (Saskatoon Eastview)

  • Nathaniel Teed (Saskatoon Meewasin)

  • Erika Ritchie (Saskatoon Nutana)

  • Vicki Mowat (Saskatoon Fairview)

  • Jordan McPhail - Cumberland

  • Melissa Patterson - Moose Jaw Wakamow

  • Bhajan Brar - Regina Pasqua

  • Tammy Pike - Martensville-Blairmore

  • Darcy Warrington - Saskatoon Stonebridge

  • Tajinder Grewal - Saskatoon University-Sutherland

  • Carolyn Brost-Strom - Prince Albert Carlton

  • Noor Burki - Regina Coronation Park

  • Jared Clarke - Regina Walsh Acres

  • Jacqueline Roy - Regina Northeast

  • Brenda Edel - Rosetown-Delisle

  • Tom Kroczynski - The Battlefords

  • Don McBean - Saskatoon Chief Mistiwasis

  • Grady Birns - White City-Qu'Appelle

  • Lenore Pinder - Yorkton

  • Lorne Schroeder - Kelvington-Wadena

  • Thera Nordal - Last Mountain-Touchwood

  • Cheantelle Fisher, Moose Jaw North

  • Kim Breckner, Saskatoon Riversdale

  • Alana Wakula, Saskatoon Willowgrove

  • Trina Miller - Batoche

  • Sally Housser - Regina University

  • Wynn Fedorchuk - Canora-Pelly

  • Mike Tapola - Wood River