Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili issued a statement immediately after the Saskatchewan Party cabinet shuffle took place on May 31. Meili criticized in particular the maintenance of ministerial posts announced by the Prime Minister.
“On the issues that matter most to the people of Saskatchewan – the affordability and cost of living crisis, health care capacity, cuts to education, investments in mental health – this cabinet reshuffle indicates a status quo approach to solving these very difficult problems. Meili posted in a statement. “Saskatchewan. The party had the opportunity to show it listened to the concerns raised by families across the province and put in place ministers willing to get the job done. Instead, they have maintained the very ministers who take their marching orders and continue to sit on their hands.
Meili was particularly opposed to keeping Health Minister Paul Merriman as health minister in light of what he saw as a lackluster performance.
“Under his leadership, Saskatchewan has had the worst response to the 4th wave of the pandemic, the highest COVID death rate, top health care leaders continue to leave the province and he has had a divisive relationship with our healthcare workers. Retaining him in this role sends a clear signal to frontline workers and will create clear challenges when it comes to the retention and recruitment of healthcare workers in this province.
The new cabinet was sworn in by Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty on May 31.