Showing some hope

Possible progress on teachers contract, Moe testifies at committee, and new candidates nominated

March 28, 2024 | Advertise with us

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Good morning. Tomorrow is Good Friday so The SKoop will also be taking the long weekend to enjoy some ham and relaxation. Also, the Legislative Assembly is on break next week, so all the best to the folks there as MLAs (maybe) get a breather in their constituencies and staff try to do the same. See you next week.

Here’s The SKoop for today, Thursday, March 28:

  • Possible progress on the teachers contract battle,

  • Premier Scott Moe testified at the federal finance committee as the Prime Minister says he is lying, and

  • New candidates nominated in Martensville-Blairmore and Canora-Pelly.

Today’s Top Stories

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Photo: Global News

There appears to be a glimmer of hope that the long-running battle between the provincial government and Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation could be coming to an end.

According to the Regina Leader-Post, the recently-announced “accountability framework” put forward by the province appears to have moved the needle. The proposed accountability framework would be constructed to ensure additional funding goes to help address classroom size and complexity issues.

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) president Samantha Becotte said Tuesday that the proposed accountability framework “gives me a little bit of hope we are getting closer to a resolution on the ongoing dispute over classroom size and complexity.”

“It’s showing some hope and giving me some optimism for a potential resolution,” Becotte said.

Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill said the STF has been invited back to the bargaining table and while they haven’t responded yet to that invitation, Cockrill said he and Becotte will continue speaking.

“Wherever we land with it (accountability framework), I do think it’ll be an opportunity for there to be teacher voices and further accountability and transparency on how school divisions allocate dollars and resources in their respective communities,” Cockrill said.

Moe testifies at Federal Finance Committee, Trudeau says he is lying

Premier Scott Moe appeared before the Federal Finance Committee yesterday to make the case that the April 1 increase to the carbon tax should be scrapped.

Moe said “we are not climate laggards” when it comes to reducing pollution, saying that Saskatchewan farmers have lowered their emissions and expressed to the committee that product packaging should include how much carbon went into the manufacturing, saying Saskatchewan-made products would have less carbon.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that conservative Premiers are lying about the carbon tax. Trudeau said that the carbon rebates offset the costs to average families. The carbon tax is set to increase on April 1st.

Sask. Party nominates a candidate for Martensville-Blairmore

Jamie Martens

The Saskatchewan Party hosted a contested nomination in Saskatoon last night in Martensville to vote for their candidate for the new constituency of Martensville-Blairmore. There were originally three candidates seeking the nomination: Jamie Martens, Sunny Kals, and Maninder Gill Singh. MS Gill endorsed Martens last week.

Jamie Martens won the contested nomination and will be the Saskatchewan Party candidate for Martensville-Blairmore. She is a Martensville City Councillor and serves as the Deputy Mayor. She will face the NDP’s Tammy Pike in the general election.

There is no incumbent as this riding was created following the Saskatchewan Boundary Commission's report. The riding includes Martensville, Dalmeny, the RM of Corman Park west of Saskatoon, and the Blairmore neighbourhood of Saskatoon. Martens is the 44th candidate nominated by the party and the 12th woman.

The next nomination currently scheduled for the Saskatchewan Party will be Saskatoon Meewasin on April 10.

NDP nominate new candidate for Canora-Pelly

Wynn Fedorchuk (left), and former candidate Michael Woollard.

The NDP hosted a nomination meeting in Norquay to acclaim Wynn Fedorchuk as their candidate for Canora-Pelly.

Fedorchuk is a social worker and artist who grew up on a cattle farm near Whitebeech. He is the 35th candidate nominated by the NDP. In the general election this fall Mr. Fedorchuk will go up against Saskatchewan Party candidate Sean Wilson, who defeated incumbent MLA Terry Dennis in a contested nomination last fall.

The NDP previously nominated local teacher Michael Woollard as the candidate for Canora-Pelly. Wollard later resigned as the candidate for reasons unknown. The next NDP nomination will be in Wood River on April 7.

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