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An Invitation To Participate in Upcoming Consultations on Bill 615 - Wetland Conservation

As the SaskNDP Critic for the Water Security Agency, I recently tabled Bill 615, An Act Respecting Comprehensive Wetland Conservation Policy.

The SaskParty government is bankrupting our province’s future through its regressive approach to wetland conservation and broader environmental stewardship. About 10,000 acres of wetlands are lost on average each year in Saskatchewan and there are no signs of this slowing down any time soon. Much of this loss is through unregulated and illegal drainage that negatively impacts the health of our watersheds while pitting neighbour against neighbour. Not only are wetlands our best natural carbon sink, but they also reduce the impact of flooding and drought, something we’ve been all too familiar with here in the Prairies.

Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada without a wetland conservation policy. The Provincial Auditor has flagged the need to develop policies around wetland retention and water quality. Saskatchewan municipalities have created policies and called for a unified provincial strategy. This bill, if passed, would require the province to develop such a policy. It specifies that the policy must be informed by meaningful consultation that considers the interests of all affected stakeholders.

I am hosting a series of upcoming meetings at several locations in the province where I will present Bill 615 and facilitate a round table discussion to gather feedback on the bill.

 

Find A Consultation Here:

Regina: Thursday, February 1, 2024, 2:30-4:30pm at the Regina Central Library

Yorkton: Wednesday, February 7, 2024,  1:30-3:30 pm at the Yorkton Chamber of Commerce

Saskatoon: Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 2-4pm at The Broadway Collective Underground

North Battleford: Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 1:30-3:30 at the Battlefords Chamber of Commerce

Swift Current: Wednesday, March 6, 2024,  1:30-3:30pm at First United Church

Whitewood: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 1:30-3:30 Harmony Club

Zoom: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 7-9pm 

Prince Albert: Monday, March 25, 2024, 1:30-3:30pm John M. Cuelenaere Library

Maple Creek: Monday May 13, 2024      2:30-4:30 Anglican Parish Hall

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For more information please contact my office:

306-664-6101, or email: saskatoonnutana@ndpcaucus.sk.ca

Erika’s work in the Legislature spans the gamut from deliberating with ministers during question period, delivering member statements, presenting petitions, participating in various types of legislative debates, to responding to Throne speeches. 

 Erika’s contributions in the Legislature can be found in Hansard or watched through the legislative video archive.  Select video clips can also be found on my YouTube channel here.