SEIU-West Open Letter to Candidates

In anticipation of the 2019 Federal Election this Fall, SEIU-West President Barb Cape sent an open letter to the following candidates as they represent the four major parties in four areas where our members live and work: 

  1. Sheri Benson (New Democratic Party, Saskatoon West)
  2. Jeremy Patzer (Conservative Party, Cypress Hills-Grasslands)
  3. Tammy Cook-Searson (Liberal Party, Desnthé-Missinippi-Churchill River)
  4. Naomi Hunter (Green Party, Regina-Lewvan)

These letters were mailed in early September, and we will post the responses as they come - you can view these responses by clicking on the candidate's name above. Check out the open letter: 

RE: Open Letter on Behalf of SEIU-West

I am honoured to write to you on behalf of more than 13,000 members who work in Saskatchewan. Our members work in health care, community based organizations, schools, as well as private organizations and municipalities. Our members face many challenges in their day-to-day lives both in the workplace and in their communities.

The members who make up SEIU-West are our union, and it’s important that information and tools are provided to ensure members make informed voting choices. In advance of the 2019 federal election, members have identified key issues that matter to them and their communities. Below you will find several questions on each of these issues, and we invite your responses. These responses will then be shared amongst the membership to help inform their actions and choices for the upcoming election. 

  1. What will you do to make sure that the federal government sustains and strengthens public health care across Canada, regardless of incomes?
  2. What will your party do to ensure that all students have the resources they need to succeed in public school?
  3. What will you do to shape Canada’s response to the climate crisis and ensure a just transition for workers in the shift to renewable energies?
  4. What will you do to make sure that all Canadian parents, wherever they live and whatever their income, have access to good quality, regulated child care?
  5. What will you do to ensure that people have better access to good secure jobs, post-secondary education, home ownership, and a good quality of life without overwhelming student debt or having to work several part-time jobs just to get by?
  6. What will you do to make sure that Canadians retain and strengthen their control of our public services?
  7. With the rise in hate crimes in Canada, what will your party do to address the inflamed racism and division amongst our communities?
  8. Do you and your party support the countless Canadians in their call for a universal public pharmacare program?

I would like to thank you in advance for providing a fulsome reply to our questions. SEIU-West remains committed to our members’ goals of improving their workplaces and communities. Working together our members champion for good jobs, advance the rights of working people, and work towards a more just society. We will continue to monitor your party’s platform so as to furnish added information as it is presented throughout the election period.


Yours truly,

Barbara Cape, President, SEIU-West