Strong and Diversified Economy
The Green Transition
- Recognize the advantages of our unique provincial landscape, promote solar panels and wind farms;
- Implement incentives to reduce emissions through programs like the Feed-In Tariff System;
- Partner with the province of Manitoba to create a hydro power grid;
- Partner with Indigenous communities, to allow for local sustainable activities to thrive and be part of the solution;
- Invest in research and development at Saskatchewan’s universities on clean energy;
- Create economic opportunities for canola producers wishing to enter the canola-based bio-diesel market.
Electrical Car Charging Stations on Saskatchewan Highways
- Work with the private sector to provide electrical charging stations for vehicles at intervals of 100 kilometers on all major highways in the province.
Film Tax Credit
- Bring back the Film Tax Credit with the offering of a hybrid model of both transferable and partially refundable credits available;
- Work with businesses and those in the industry, committing to major investments in such things as studios and permanent sound stages and other big-ticket items, allowing the province to become a central location for future TV and film opportunities that would go well beyond anything else in most of Canada.
Interactive Digital Multimedia Tax Credit
- Create an interactive digital multimedia tax credit policy that is competitive with the global market as part of a plan to diversify the Saskatchewan economy to its full potential;
- Attract companies and educators to come to Saskatchewan in the interactive digital multimedia field.
Live Music Incentive
- Offer, for a period of four years, a direct tax rebate of 100% per year per person for all artists and the traveling support staff they employ (drivers, setup crew, etc.) for income earned at three performances per year;
- The rebate cap would apply to an additional three performances per year for artists’ income if the performance(s) are recorded and released as an audio “Live Album” within one year of the performance(s) with the venue or festival name included;
- The rebate cap for artists who reside in Saskatchewan would be 20 performances per year.
Develop Nuclear Energy Industry
- Pursue development of a nuclear power generation and/or enrichment facility in coordination with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Nuclear Waste Management Organization.
Modern & Effective Education
Education Reform: Primary and Secondary Education
- Return lost public funding;
- Fund creation of a universal Pre-K program;
- Create permanent online options;
- Forge Indigenous partnerships to work towards agreements to ensure equal funding for quality education for all Indigenous communities.
Education Reform: Post-Secondary Education
- Expand permanent online options;
- Re-evaluate the need for the influx of administrative staff and other overhead expansion and establish budgetary overhead/academics ratios to create a balance of expenditures;
- Update and modernize the student loans regime, the goal should be graduation and not profit;
- Stabilize tuition increases by legislating the increases cannot exceed yearly inflation;
- Introduce a Student Housing Tax Credit to help them cope with rising housing costs, in addition to the education property tax renter’s rebate;
- Increase funding for our Northern communities understanding that location should not be a detriment to quality education at the post-secondary level.
Secure and Sustainable Healthcare
Health Care Reform: Incentives and Credits
- Explore major incentives to recruit and retain medical personnel which will include training, retention, placement, and education benefits;
- Partner with federal government to further funding initiatives;
- Create a Health and Social Policy Council to advise cabinet on effective policy solutions;
- Create a formal inquiry into the Scott Moe government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health Care Reform: Mental Health and Addictions
- Open Mental Health Emergency Rooms in Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw;
- Fund an opioid and crystal meth strategy;
- Invest in a suicide prevention strategy;
- Increase addiction treatment support to enable Saskatchewan Health Authority and community-based organizations to hire more staff.
Support for Families and Communities
- Increase the Saskatchewan Basic Personal Amount an individual can earn before starting to pay income from $16,065 to a number commensurate with a current full time minimum wage position in the province;
- Increase the Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit (SLITC) to double its current amount;
- Eliminate the Education portion of property tax;
- Implement PST exemptions for all basic/essential goods;
- Allow for input tax credits for businesses which will ensure it is applied only when a final product or service is provided to the consumer;
- Eliminate PST from all insurance products sold in Saskatchewan.
- Expand existing support for assisted home ownership programs which achieve the goal of home ownership and increase the set of life skills in maintaining a home;
- Create a roundtable on sustainable communities, bringing together the policy and resources of the three levels of government, the business community, NGO’s, not-for-profit groups, and co-operatives to develop a strategy to provide affordable housing in Saskatchewan communities;
- Work in partnership with aboriginal leadership and communities and with the federal government to invest in affordable housing for our growing urban Aboriginal population;
- Develop tax incentives to encourage private sector, organizations, and individual involvement in affordable housing initiatives.
Towards Gender Equality
- Implement Mainstreaming, which ensures a gendered lens is applied to policies, resource allocation, research, and legislation, and allocate increased budgeting and resources towards this process;
- Invest at the community level, through increased funding and support, towards expanding social services and programs which are necessary to promote gender self-determination in the private and public sectors;
- Improve the province’s childcare system to align with the OECD’s benchmarks on childcare;
- The SLP is committed to promoting educational awareness of gender issues;
- The SLP is committed to increasing gender diversity within our ranks.
Double the Value of Recycling Deposits
- Implement a 100% increase in the value of all container deposits.
Taking Care of our Seniors: Home Care
- Invest substantially in homecare infrastructure;
- Create minimum care standards for seniors in long term care;
- Appoint a Seniors Advisor for the Province to represent and advocate for Seniors at the governmental level.
- Provide the same financial support and health benefits to all individuals unable to work due to health reasons, regardless of formal status of disability;
- Support programs that provide additional support and aids to assist individuals to improve health and possibly regain independence.
- Implement the following:
a) Social Assistance be redesigned from the ground up writing a new, simpler Act;
b) scrap Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS) and replace with a more effective benefit package;
- Reinstate the Rental Supplement including the following:
a) all Social Assistance clients will receive the Rental Supplement;
b) the Rental Supplement will subsidize rents to the cost of the average rent in Saskatchewan;
c) any resident who pays more than 40% of gross income towards rent will qualify; clients will be subsidized from 40% of income up to average rent or actual, whichever is less;
- Social Assistance rates will be indexed to inflation;
- Social Assistance clients will have actual cost of utilities paid directly;
- Social Assistance clients will receive enough assistance such that they are no longer having to sacrifice food or rent;
- Simplify rules for Saskatchewan Assured Income for Disability (SAID) whereby any client with a disability, who needs any type of assistance and whose quality of life is affected by the disability, qualifies for SAID. This includes ensuring SAID applications no longer assume that a permanent disability has suddenly, miraculously been healed.
Increase Funding Allocated to Saskatchewan Urban Police Forces
- Provide our Saskatchewan urban police forces with an agreed upon funding increase to serve its raison d'être to serve and protect.
Modernize Political Donations
- Limit yearly personal/individual donations to a specific amount competitive with other provinces;
- Adjust tax deductions for individual donations to cap out at the full donation amount;
- Reduce corporate and union donations to half the amount of a personal/individual donation for party and half for constituency associations;
- Ban all donations whose source is outside the province (individual, corporate, or union).
Indigenous Partnerships for the Future
- Negotiate strong inter-governmental relationships with Indigenous communities;
- Encourage self-governance and independence;
- Create working groups to increase inter-governmental efficiency between both parties;
- Act on all provincially relevant TRC calls to action;
- Open up the North through partnerships, education, and investment.
Science and Technology Ministry
- Create a Minister of Science and Technology and a Science Secretariat to support the Minister and their office. The addition of Minister of Science to a cabinet need not be expensive as it would require only a small support staff. Members of a ten-member Science Secretariat would serve on a volunteer basis.
Government and Political Reform
- Institute a Fair Advertising in Government Act to prevent the misuse of public funds for propaganda purposes;
- Ensure the full disclosure of MLA budgets to allow for greater scrutiny of office and legislative expenditures;
- Give more power to the Provincial Auditor and increase their respective budget;
- Ensure all constituencies have approximately the same number of people and their grouping is a fair reflection of the communities that reside there;
- Look to reducing the overall number of constituencies to make them more commensurate with the actual population size of the province.