Saskatchewan

Poverty strategy among items highlighted in Sask. throne speech

The Saskatchewan government has announced it's working on a poverty reduction strategy; something the NDP opposition says is a good idea, although long overdue.

Good idea, but overdue, NDP Opposition says

The Saskatchewan government has announced it's working on a poverty reduction strategy; something the NDP opposition says is a good idea, although long overdue.

In the speech from the throne Wednesday, which launched the fall sitting of the Legislature, the government said Saskatchewan has the second-lowest poverty rate in Canada, but there is still more work to be done.

The government will develop a poverty reduction strategy, building on the work of groups such as Poverty Costs.

The announcement garnered praise from Children's Advocate, Bob Pringle, whose office has been urging the government to come out with a comprehensive plan to tackle poverty.

The NDP had mixed praise, saying it welcomes the government’s "reversal" on its poverty strategy position.

The Opposition also said there are many issues important to Saskatchewan families that need more attention, including school class sizes, specialist wait times and much-needed improvements to hospitals and senior care homes.

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