Sask. votes: The 2020 election promise tracker
Published Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:02PM CST Last Updated Thursday, October 22, 2020 11:32AM CST
Saskatchewan voter casts a ballot in the provincial election. (ELECTIONS SASKATCHEWAN)
REGINA -- Saskatchewan’s two main parties contending to be the next provincial government have made many promises to sway voters.
To sort through the daily announcements, here is an easy-to-read list of all the promises the Saskatchewan Party and NDP have made.
More items will be added to this list on an ongoing basis.
SASKATCHEWAN PARTY PROMISES
- Balanced budget by 2024, with a surplus by 2025.
- Spend $124 million on a home renovation tax credit.
- Spend $260 million to reduce SaskPower electricity bills by 10 per cent for one year.
- Provide $8 million over four years to increase the Sask. Advantage Scholarship to $750 per year.
- Reduce small business tax to zero per cent by Oct. 1, 2020, then raise it back to one per cent by July 1, 2022, and back to two per cent by July 1, 2023.
- Expand eligibility for individualized autism funding to children under age 12. It currently covers children under age six.
- Bring back active families benefit.
- Expand support for some people living with diabetes.
- Reduce maximum costs of ambulance calls for seniors, from $275 to $135 per call. Eliminate charges for inter-hospital ambulance calls.
- Improvements to services for D/deaf and Deafblind people in the province.
- Restarting the Community Rink Affordability Grant and significantly increase funding to the Saskatchewan Veteran Service Club Support Program.
- Wealth tax of one per cent on those worth over $15 million. Not raise taxes on “everyday families.”
- Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
- Create $25 per day daycare.
- Build a new bridge and hospital for Prince Albert.
- Invest $125 million to reduce classroom sizes by hiring new teachers and assistants.
- Call a public inquiry into Global Transportation Hub and Regina bypass scandals.
- Make lobbying public, create stronger conflict of interest rules for MLAs, and ban corporate and union donations.
- Commitment of $3 million for rural education to hire more teachers, educational assistants and caretakers.
- Create equal pay legislation to see women make the same money as men.
- Ban dress codes at work, where women would no longer be required to wear heels.
- Hire 700 additional home care staff so seniors can stay living at home and with dignity.
- Fund a human resources plan to meet health care staffing needs. It would mean 100 more doctors, 150 registered nurses, 300 licensed practical nurses and 500 continuing care assistants.
- Build a $60 million surgical and outpatient facility in Regina.
- Hire Saskatchewan companies and workers first for government-led projects.
- Invest $7.8 million to create mental health emergency rooms in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw.
- Ending commercial development in the province's urban parks, more independent Provincial Capital Commission.
- Set thresholds for when further public safety measures would need to be taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Fund $5 million for a suicide prevention strategy, as well as promising supports for northern communities and spending $10 million to act on the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Ensure long term care facilities establish minimum standards for ‘direct care’ hours with each resident.
- Have a gender-balanced cabinet and work for women.
- Revive the STC bus service.
- Bring back the film tax credit.
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