A Saskatchewan MLA inviting Colin Thatcher — a former cabinet minister convicted of the first-degree murder of his ex-wife — to the government’s recent throne speech prompted backlash, mass outrage and even international media coverage.
It also led to renewed calls for the province to provide operational funding to second-stage shelters — secure, subsidized apartments in buildings with both security and social workers, where women and children escaping abusive situations can typically stay six months to two years.
“It shouldn’t take international, national embarrassment, outrage from survivors and people right across this province,” said Opposition NDP Leader Carla Beck to reporters after question period Monday.
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