Moose Jaw North
Rick Swenson, PC.
Moose Jaw North Progressive Conservative candidate Rick Swenson said healthcare is an issue of extreme importance for the Moose Jaw voter.
He said lots of unresolved questions surround the recent hospital project announcement for Moose Jaw and voters want answers.
“There’s still lots to talk about,” he said, adding limited care home space for seniors is also a healthcare concern.
Also, Swenson said creation of well-paying jobs is important to Moose Javians, who he said aren’t fully experiencing the benefits of Saskatchewan’s prosperity. He noted Moose Jaw has lost important industry too in recent years.
Thirdly, Swenson said affordable housing is important to young people and seniors alike.
Derek Hassen, NDP
The primary concern local voters share with Moose Jaw North NDP candidate Derek Hassen pertains to the new hospital project, including its size and what will be included in the lean design.
He said the NDP would commit to not scaling down Moose Jaw’s next hospital.
Another concern he has heard pertains to childcare affordability, as Hassen said many families neither can find childcare spaces and those spaces they do find are rather costly.
He said the NDP would commit to increasing affordable daycare spaces.
Thirdly, Hassen said voters are concerned about education, with post-secondary students wanting tuition freeze and public/secondary students and teachers wanting additional classroom supports.
Warren Michelson, Sask Party
Now that the government has committed to building a new hospital, Moose Jaw North Saskatchewan Party candidate Warren Michelson said voters want more details as to what that hospital will contain.
“Those (questions) are part of the next phase — the design phase,” Michelson said, adding doctor and nurse shortages are also important matters to Moose Javians. Fortunately, he said his party has added 200 physicians province wide since 2007 and nurse numbers have increased lots as well.
But he said there is more to do.
Thirdly, the incumbent said he has heard much positive feedback about the government’s reducing property taxes and increasing personal exemptions from income tax.