“The decision by Earl’s restaurant to import beef from a Kansas supplier is very disappointing to Saskatchewan farmers.” That is the opinion of the PC Party’s agriculture critic, John Goohsen.
It's that time of the year again when the unexpected seems to happen as a matter of course when you are trying to plan things like Monday Morning Commentary. Calving is going along with the usual mixture of pluses and minuses. A set of twins last weekend which makes for some extra work and then Monday morning, one of our cows managed to drown her newborn calf in 8" of water.
I've learned over the years that you can never predict what a cow will do when she decides to calve. In my younger days, I used to get really upset about it and blame myself for not being a good stockman but there is no point in that. Sometimes it's just like politics....you can't take it personally and then you have to move on. I have to admit though that when I was dragging the dead calf out of the mud there were a few unkind comments made about that particular cow.
After a long and gruelling spring election campaign, it was really nice to be able to go and decompress for a while. I don't think I have ever been as tired both mentally and physically after a campaign as I was after this one. It was definitely a sign of age and the pace that election campaigns now demand with the ever-increasing amounts of media and social media.
For political parties to be competitive, both of these facts are an essential part of election planning and they do demand more resources both financially and on the human side. The PC Party will definitely need to keep these things in mind as it continues to build for the future and the next election campaign.
When you go into election planning mode which the PC Party has been doing since January, you try and define where you want to be in the minds of the voter and where you want to come out of the process. Sometimes those two things diverge at a given point and you can move forward on that plane or sometimes they don't. I think all the political parties in Saskatchewan except the governing Sask Party have found disappointment in how their plans did not come together.
My congratulations to Brad Wall, Premier Elect, and the Sask Party for once again running a good political campaign. They obviously have the money and the human resources to hammer home their message and then deliver at the doorstep. It is extremely difficult to go up against that type of political machine without a strong ground game in place.
The PC Party Opposition has found the missing rural highways budget in the dirt of the Regina bypass and in the pockets of the Sask Party friends and land speculators. PC Leader, Rick Swenson said “the proof was found in the now old 2015 budget where $211 million of the highways capital budget was allocated to the Regina bypass.”
The PC Party has learned of another environmental time bomb waiting to ignite because of the mismanagement of the Sask Party Government and the Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation.
Just like the 1,000,000 tire pile PC candidate for Wood River, Brian Archer, brought to the public’s attention in Assiniboia, sources have revealed to the PC Party another 300,000 tire pile. This environmental bomb is sitting in a farmer’s field north of Waseca, Saskatchewan. Like the Assiniboia tires, the environmental fees have been paid. Where has the money gone? Why have the tires not been processed long ago?