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Prince Albert & Regina chapters at ‘Stand Up for Saskatchewan’ anti-austerity rally

Photo by Rick Sawa

The Council of Canadians Prince Albert and Regina chapters were at the ‘Stand Up for Saskatchewan’ rally outside the provincial legislature this afternoon.

The outreach had noted, “SGEU [the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union] is organizing a big rally at the Legislature in Regina to tell the Sask. Party government Saskatchewan people don’t want public service cuts, rollbacks and privatization! Government has squandered the province’s finances on over-priced consultants, shady land deals, and costly megaprojects. Now it is trying to force Saskatchewan people to pay for their financial mistakes.”

The outreach then highlighted just a few of the actions Premier Brad Wall’s government is taking that will hurt families and communities:

  • Demanding a 3.5 per cent public service cut

  • Firing government cleaners and contracting out their work

  • Privatizing public services in areas like Justice, Highways, food services in Correctional centres and young offender facilities

  • Selling off the Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC)

  • Cutting funding to libraries, post-secondary institutes, municipalities

  • Raising sales taxes, which hurts low and middle income families most

  • Taxing kids clothes, and restaurant meals

  • All the while – giving away millions through new corporate tax cuts

Today’s rally said ‘No’ to the government’s austerity agenda.

Council of Canadians chapters in Saskatchewan have been vocal and active in rejecting Wall’s austerity budget that was delivered on March 22.