The government recently approved a 27 per cent hike on families’ SaskEnergy bills, still failing to consider what the cost of living means for Saskatchewan families, still failing to take action to make life affordable.
The increase comes on the heels of the government’s decision to raise SaskPower rates by 10.5 per cent, as well as SGI vehicle insurance and even SaskTel internet price hikes.
More and more, I’m hearing from families that the cost of living is forcing them to make tough decisions at the end of the month. Young people are struggling to pay today’s high rent prices and higher tuition prices at the same time. Too many seniors can no longer manage both the heating bill and the rent. All while the government just keeps asking us all to pay extra -- for camping fees in provincial parks, for university tuition, for basic supplies in seniors care and more.
While the government is raising energy prices for Saskatchewan families, it has stripped tens of millions of dollars from SaskEnergy in each of the recent years, and engaged in costly contracting out schemes with the Crown.
The government just doesn’t get the everyday reality for many Saskatchewan families.
Trent Wotherspoon - NDP Deputy Leader