The Saskatchewan Party is defending its promise to start the school year after Labour Day.
Brad Wall is assuring that all the appropriate people will be consulted after criticism there wasn’t enough consultation before the announcement.
“We’re going to, if elected, sit down immediately with the stakeholders—the school boards, the teachers—and determine how we can best implement this,” Wall said in Saskatoon on Friday.
A post-debate poll by a company called Insightrix puts the November election squarely in the hands of the Sask. Party, with about 60 per cent support of the 1,000 people polled.
The NDP got about 33 per cent, and about three per cent said they'd support the Liberals and Green Party.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Jared Knoll.
Sask Party leader Brad Wall says unless there's a big shift in public opinion, nuclear waste storage isn't in the cards.
On the campaign trail in Meadow Lake, Wall was asked about the possibility that a Saskatchewan community, especially in remote northern areas, might host a nuclear waste storage site.
Wall says it looks like people just don't want it.
“I’m just not sure it’s needed at this point. The people of the province, I don’t think, want this for Saskatchewan,” said Wall.
He says if the people were to change their minds, he might reconsider his stance.
There are many small communities across Saskatchewan that are struggling to attract and keep their doctors, many of retiring and others are simply burned out from the excessive hours of being the only doctor in town.
This election, both sides are offering alternative solutions.
Community access hospitals are the NDP’s solution to the growing doctor shortage in the province.
“If a physician happens to be away or a physician leaves the community, the hospital wouldn’t close,” said NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter.
During the current campaign there hasn’t been enough aboriginal-related campaign promises to keep people engaged.
This is according to John Lagimodiere, editor of Eagle Feather News, a newspaper focusing on aboriginal topics around the province.
He noted many First Nation communities are singling out the issue of revenue sharing.
“There’s lots of talk from First Nation leaders about the natural resource transfer agreement and the lack of resource revenue sharing,” said Lagimodiere. “You know, it’s out there now and being talked about.”
Brad Wall is promising to change the K-12 school year to start after Labour Day.
The Saskatchewan Party leader made the announcement in Saskatoon on Thursday, saying the change to the school year would come if his party was re-elected.
“The Saskatchewan Party government will move to have all Saskatchewan K-12 students no earlier than the Tuesday following the Labour Day weekend,” said Wall.
Sarah Mills goes behind the scenes at the campaign offices of Sask Party's Bill Hutchinson and NDP's Yens Pedersen.
Two of the candidates in Saskatchewan's political race took time on Wednesday to talk about their thoughts on the debate from the night before at CBC in Regina.
At Wednesday’s Sask. Party announcement, Brad Wall looked back on the last four years as he reminded Saskatchewan farmers what he felt his government had achieved for them.
In front of hundreds of farmers Brad Wall noted changes to crop insurance and flood relief as work his government had done. He did acknowledge there was more to do particularly in new areas.
“Can we look at some very, very specific crop research, crop science research, crop technology,” stated Wall.
NDP candidates and supporters squeezed into a home in Saskatoon's Mount Royal neighbourhood as Dwain Lingenfelter laid out an education plan.
On Wednesday, the NDP leader made a kindergarten to Grade 12 education campaign announcement.
The plan includes full-day kindergarten across the province. Lingenfelter says it would cost $ 84 million over the next four years.
“Research shows the value of full-day kindergarten can be seen very quickly both in home in the child’s development and also literacy rates,” said Lingenfelter.