Critic Roles

Accountability & Transparency

The role of an Opposition Critic is to ensure the Provincial Government is acting prudently and transparently. Along with Erika’s legislative duties she serves as the Deputy Chair of the Intergoernmental Affairs and Justice Committe and as the opposition critic for the following ministries and crown agencies.

Municipal Affairs

As Municipal Affairs critic, ERika mainly engages with mayors, councillors and reeves in urban and rural areas. Local residents will also bring concerns to her attention with municipal decision making and governmental oversight.

Crown Investment Corporation

The Crown Investments Corporation (CIC) is the holding company formed by the Government of Saskatchewan to manage Saskatchewan’s commercial Crown Corporations. 

These corporations, SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, SaskGaming and SGI, provide public utilities and services such as electricity, natural gas, licensing, insurance, information and communications technology, water and wastewater services and gaming and entertainment venues.

Sask Energy

Sask Energy is Saskatchewan’s natural gas distribution company and a Crown corporation that delivers natural gas to 93% of communities in the province.

Sask Water

The Saskatchewan Water Corporation operates as Sask Water and is a Crown corporation that supplies water, wastewater and related services to municipalities, First Nations, industries and farms. Municipalities then supply water to their residents.

Water Security Agency

The Water Security Agency is responsible for ensuring the security, safety, and reliability of Saskatchewan’s water supply. These priorities are carried out through monitoring and reporting, education, and compliance activities.

Issues

Here are some of the issues Erika has been championing in her critic areas:

For Peat's Sake

Erika was contacted by the group, For Peat’s Sake, who had successfully launched an online petition opposed to the planned Lambert Peat Moss development. Local area residents had several concerns with the proposed development which they felt were not being properly addressed by the provincial government related to habitat preservation, local Indigenous land use and public engagement. As online petitions can’t be presented in the legislature, Erika worked with the group to draft a hard copy petition that Erika could present in the Legislative Assembly on their behalf so that their concerns could be properly considered by decision makers.

You can find the petition here.
You can watch Erika presenting a copy of the petition in the Legislative Assembly here.

Electric Vehicle Tax

In the 2021/22 Provincial Budget the Sask. Party Government introduced a new annual tax on electric vehicles, effectively penalizing those choosing to move away from gasoline-powered, internal combustion engine vehicles in response to the climate crisis. This new tax was widely panned as an unfair burden, imposed at a time when EVs are in the nascent phase of market penetration. In collaboration with electric vehicle advocates, Erika drafted a petition opposing the introduction of this regressive measure.

You can find the petition here.

You can watch Erika presenting a copy of the petition here.

Climate Change

The United Nations has declared climate change “the defining issue of our time”. Despite this, the Saskatchewan government has avoided taking responsible action with the level of ambition and urgency needed in line with the scale and scope of the crisis. Working with many environmental non-profit organizations in Saskatchewan, Erika drafted a petition calling on the provincial government to enact a credible Climate Action Plan.

You can find the petition here.

You can watch Erika presenting a copy of the petition in the Legislative Assembly here.

Safe Water Supply

After hearing from many constituents and groups concerned about the safety and security of Saskatchewan’s water supply, Erika prepared a petition asking that the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan actively protect Saskatchewan waters from current and future threats. The absence of a wetland policy and enforcement of existing legislation in Saskatchewan means critical wildlife habitat, necessary for preserving biodiversity and migratory pathways has been lost.

You can find the petition here.

You can watch Erika presenting a copy of the petition in the Legislative Assembly here.

North East Swale

A year ago, Erika was contacted by the Northeast Swale Watchers, a group of concerned citizens formed in 2011, who have been advocating for the protection of a collection of swales in Saskatoon from encroaching urban development and a major provincial highway project. A previous MLA had presented petitions to protect the swales in an earlier Legislature, and Erika has continued the work of presenting the Save our Swales Petition in the Legislative Assembly.

You can find the petition here.

You can watch Erika presenting a copy of the petition in the Legislative Assembly here.