POLITICS

Premier Brad Wall touts economic plan on last day of spring sitting

05/14/2015 03:15 EDT | Updated 05/14/2016 05:59 EDT
REGINA - Premier Brad Wall is touting his government's economic plan, saying it will carry Saskatchewan through challenging times brought on by low oil prices.

His comments come on the last day of the spring sitting at the provincial legislature.

In March, the government tabled a budget that included changes to tax incentives to help fill government coffers after a revenue shortfall of $661 million.

Wall says the New Democrats have failed to bring forward a competing vision for the economy and instead focused on health issues.

NDP Leader Cam Broten says the Opposition raised a number of economic issues, including procurement policy and energy diversification.

He adds that the government isn't taking seniors care seriously after a report released on Wednesday found that the long-term care system has gaps and is strained.

Seniors care has been a topic of legislative debate since November when the ombudsman launched an investigation into the death of a 74-year-old woman.

The ombudsman says her office has received 89 complaints related to long-term care. They include poor communication, lack of accountability and no clear way for families to complain about the care of loved ones.

Broten says there is a "culture of fear" that prevents people from speaking out about concerns in care homes.

"We continue to see the misplaced priorities by this government," he said.

Wall says economic growth will be a key issue in the next election, which is expected in April 2016.

"Mr. Broten raised a number of health issues and did it consistently and I would say effectively," he said. "But the next election is not going to be about who is going to be the next health minister."