Government challenged on boast of cleared wait list
Family members of people with intellectual disabilities are challenging the Saskatchewan government's claim that it has eliminated a wait list for those who need services.
Jennifer Birns was at the legislature Thursday with her brother Devon.
She says Devon has been waiting to attend day programming for years.
The government, however, says the family turned down an an offer for services.
Birns says that is not the case.
"If we were offered them, we would know," Birns said. "What do we have to gain by coming here and saying that it's never happened? Nothing."
Birns directly challenged cabinet minister Donna Harpauer on the issue.
"We have never once been offered day programming services for him. Ever. The fact that you can say that we have been offered them and we have refused them, is disgusting," Birns said.
Recently the province said it had cleared a backlog of 440 people who were on a wait list, in 2008, for services.
Officials said another 215 people have also received services.
A government spokesman Thursday said the claim that a wait list had been cleared referred to an across-the-board systemic situation that was noted in 2008.
The opposition NDP said the government should stop bragging that it has eliminated wait lists and help those who are seeking assistance.
With files from CBC's Stefani Langenegger