(Moose Jaw, SK) The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan is formally announcing they will be hosting a leadership convention on Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
"After leading the party for over twelve years, I have decided it is time for new leadership to take over and take us to the next level,” said PC Party leader Rick Swenson. “I have notified our party’s executive that I would be resigning as leader immediately following the election of a new leader on November third.”
The calendar says that it's spring but my body and the amount of clothes I had on this morning to check cows tells me it's still winter. Joanne and I came back from Arizona last Thursday hoping that our arrival would bring warm weather with us. Instead, we came back to ice covered roads between Medicine Hat and Moose Jaw and lots of white knuckle driving in between. Unfortunately, on our way to Regina on Saturday for a granddaughter's birthday party, we witnessed a half ton truck doing a double rollover and landing back on its wheels. All of us in Saskatchewan need to be prepared at all times to deal with Mother Nature and the ever-changing road conditions that exit until spring finally does arrive for good.
Thank you to PC Party President Grant Schmidt for the last couple of weeks of commentary and a different perspective on politics in Saskatchewan. Over the next couple of months as the PC Party goes through its leadership process, Grant and I will be writing the commentaries with a different twist for you to peruse and make comments on.
Yesterday morning the PC Party put out a news release welcoming David Bucsis of Yorkton as the new Executive Director. I would encourage everyone to look at the Party's news release which will show that David has an extensive resume of political, business and community involvement. Please take the opportunity in the coming months to welcome him and say hello as he travels around the province promoting the PC Party of Saskatchewan.
David will be replacing Dale Burnay who stepped in on an interim basis last August. I can't say enough about Dale's work ethic and dedication to the Party. Dale had previously been our Executive Director some years ago and brought a whole host of political knowledge to the position and I look forward to working with him in the months to come as he continues to serve on the Executive of the Party. Thanks again Dale!
After a couple of weeks of American politics, it's nice to come home to a system that is at times frustrating, painfully slow to implement change and at times makes your blood boil, but does represent some of the best of what Canadians are. In my view, the American system is broken and the continued excesses of Donald Trump are only indicators of how broken it truly is. Americans are preparing once again for national congressional elections so life in the good old US of A will be pure ugly politics until those elections are over in November.
I couldn't believe my eyes when I got home and started reading past copies of the Regina Leader Post to see that the Sask Party government is now trying to foist their GTH financial boondoggle onto the City of Regina. If the Mayor and Council of Regina don't have the sense they were born with to allow themselves to be dragged into this mess then they should be thrown out by the taxpayers of that city. Until the long-delayed Justice Department investigation of Bill Boyd and his business cronies is completed in full and the true costs of land acquisition and servicing agreements are revealed to the public, there should be no sale of this property.
From reading the articles, it appears the GTH is badly in debt, has not met its land sale projections and is way behind the monies owed to the City of Regina for servicing agreements. It is imperative that the new Premier commit to an open and accountable examination of this whole process and that any of his current Cabinet Ministers who had anything to do with the GTH and related portfolios should be forced to come clean with what they know.
Simply because Brad Wall and Bill Boyd have exited Saskatchewan politics does not and should not mean that others of the Sask Party government can be absolved from the mess and loss of taxpayers' dollars that is surrounding the GTH. I can understand why Don Morgan would want to dump this mess onto the lap of Regina City Council in order to preserve the Sask Party's political hide but that should not be the case until all the answers are given.
I'm looking forward to the presentation of Saskatchewan's budget on April 10th to see how Premier Moe tries to pull the fiscal rabbit out of the hat and expunge Saskatchewan's billion dollar deficit without drastically taxing all of us. We shall wait and see.
Your feedback is always welcome on anything you read in the Monday Morning
These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.
PC Party President, Grant Schmidt and PC Party Leader, Rick Swenson, are pleased to welcome Mr. David Bucsis to the Provincial Office as the Party's new Executive Director. He will begin his duties as Executive Director on April 2nd.
Mr. Bucsis, a resident of Yorkton, has a background in business, finance and publishing. His government/public service experience includes serving as Welfare Reform and Employment Development Director for the Government of Saskatchewan, Social Services from 1986-1991.
David’s community service includes serving as a Director for: Yorkton Exhibition Board, Parkland Abilities Board and the New Careers Corporation. In addition, in 1991 he was elected to serve on the Yorkton City Council.
Mr. Bucsis is looking forward to serving the PC Party of Saskatchewan and helping to build a better Saskatchewan for the right reasons.
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For more information, call Rick Swenson at (306) 631-5461 or Grant Schmidt at (306) 728-5481
Progressive Conservatives aim to change the World starting with Saskatchewan. “Incentivism” is a new policy which is not instantly understood. I am working on a more academic explanation of incentivism. For the present, I will give you a practical example of incentivism applied to government policy.
This week I read another report about floating scum of mostly plastic trash in the centre of the Pacific Ocean. Then I read Premier Moe and the Saskatchewan cronies are raising the recycling tax.
I thought SARCAN Recycling is a shining example of a progressive conservative incentivism solution combining social policy, the market economy, and incentives.
First, a caution to all about history and not dwelling in the past. All political parties should be futurist. History has two main values. To learn from past experiences. Secondly, for entertainment such as telling stories around the camp fire, books, and movies.
Since you cannot find incentivism in history, the story of SARCAN Recycling is a working example of the use of incentivism as a solution to a combination of problems.
In 1986, Premier Grant Devine called his young Labour Minister and told me he wanted me to take the additional portfolio Social Services. I asked what he wanted me to do and he said, “Reform it.” Part of my reform plan was to have everyone working to the best of their ability.
In 1988 it was time to move the province away from a protectionist policy of glass containers only for beverages. Glass soda and beer bottles were an environmental and economic disaster.
When the PC’s decided to move to cans and plastic bottles, SARCAN asked for the franchise to recycle aluminum cans. I saw an opportunity to create a new business employing hundreds of people with ability and varying degrees of disability. SARCAN was my second incentivism solution.
The recycling plan was a perfect opportunity to combine incentives for:
Part of the solution was a five cent deposit redeemable at thirty-two new SARCAN depots. An additional two cent recycling fee to be paid to SARCAN as a commission to operate their new businesses.
The government paid nothing, received nothing except a voluntary tax on laziness and now six hundred people are working to their ability with real jobs.
I sent a government employee to SARCAN for the first year to insure they could run the system as a business. The recycling plan worked so well that in 1992 the Romanow social democrats expanded the SARCAN franchise to all ready to serve containers (Source SARCAN official site.)
Over time, the social democrats started to keep some of SARCANs commission and in effect implemented a recycling tax for the general revenue fund.
Now the Sask. Crony Party is raising the deposit (see tax on laziness which is not so bad.) The complaint is that they also raised the recycling fee and are applying the tax increase to their deficit.
The NDP are so inept at opposition that they cannot figure out SARCAN is getting none of the extra recycling fee.
This is another case of social democrats and crony capitalists messing up a good system.
I hope this report has given you a better understanding of progressive conservative incentivisim.
We challenge the rest of the world to use incentivism to clean up the pollution in the Pacific Ocean.
We welcome your input on problems that need solutions. Call me at (306) 728-0156
President P.C. Party of Saskatchewan
Firstly, on behalf of pcsask.ca, I want to thank our leader, Rick Swenson, for being the first politician to bring the grain transportation crisis to the attention of the media. He forced the dozing Trudeau Government and our loafing provincial representatives to take action.
Last week, I said pcsask.ca was looking for public safety solutions. We developed a plan for a Provincial Police Force in 2016, but did not have the money to get the message out. Unlike the Sask. Cronies and NDP, we do not have tax money for communications.
Last Wednesday, we released our proposal for a Saskatchewan Police Force. On Friday, we attended the SARM convention and took our plan for a Provincial Police Force to the SARM delegates. We explained a Provincial Police Force would combine all current public safety officers into one force coordinated to provide all aspects of public safety.
Pcsask.ca acknowledges the RCMP cannot be everywhere. The Provincial police would concentrate on public safety in towns, villages, and rural areas. It would concentrate on crime prevention, legal education, security systems, and how to protect yourself in a home invasion.
Home invasion is a problem. While I was on vacation, the problem spread to the Melville area. I want to be certain of the details before I comment on the incident.
Since we announced our Provincial Police Force plan, we have had SUMA, the Police Association, SARM, and rural women show interest. We will follow up on communication with these groups.
The cost of the Provincial Police would mostly be a redirection of existing spending. Additional police costs can be justified by the need for public safety. Taxpayers cannot afford to be cheap on public safety.
I have known for fifteen years rural residents and in particular rural women are living in fear. I have never had the power to solve the problem.
After the release of our Provincial Policing Force solution, I had a rural woman living in fear contact me. All I could do was advise her to purchase bear spray and promise that pcsask.ca is working on other public safety solutions.
I need to get approval for my public safety solutions from our party executive. I hope to announce more public safety solutions in the future. Progressive Conservatives stand for law and order.
We welcome your input on problems that need solutions. Call me at (306) 728-0156
Grant Schmidt - President
P.C. Party of Saskatchewan
The P.C. Party is going to discuss a Provincial Police Force with SARM. President, Grant Schmidt, and some candidates will attend the SARM convention as guests to seek input and answer questions.
Grant Schmidt said, “Pcsask.ca has observed a public safety problem in some of our cities and some rural areas. Solving problems of public safety is one important role of government.”
The P.C.’s propose to combine existing government safety officers such as conservation officers, highway traffic officers, sheriff security and prison transfer services into a Provincial Police Force.
In rural areas, the RCMP are too understaffed and busy with major crimes that they have little time for crime prevention.
The P.C.’s would also offer incentives for rural municipalities, towns, and villages to participate in crime prevention such as citizens on patrol.
The statements of First Nations that they are not receiving adequate policing have been heard. Schmidt said, “I will consult with First Nations regarding the Provincial Police. Without agreement with First Nations, the Provincial Police would have no jurisdiction on First Nations.”
Schmidt said, “The Provincial Police would free up RCMP officers to give better services to First Nations.”
The P.C.’s also want to ask SARM delegates about the cost to build a kilometer of grid road. Schmidt said they are working on an incentive based solution for the Hatchet Lake road problem.
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For more information, call Grant Schmidt at (306) 728-0156 .
This report is about you and me. To avoid confusion “you” are the residents of Saskatchewan and “me” is the president of pcsask.ca. Pcsask.ca is the modern logo and my abbreviation for the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan.
This story is about my quest to find a new “ism” to help you and all of us to a happy and prosperous life. I know most of you don't give a damn about me. I understand human nature. All my life I have been thinking and working to improving your lives.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sheron and I joining pcsask.ca. Sheron comes from a blue liberal family. My family voted for John Diefenbaker and Tommy Douglas.
Both of us were born to financially poor farmers and raised as happy winners.
In the CCF education system the market did not exist. I remember the little blue book “Co-operative Studies” in public school. At school and in my community I was educated as a socialist.
By 1974 Sheron was a teacher and I was a lawyer. The NDP were recruiting me to run in Yorkton. We also started to pay income tax and discovered socialism was not free. I always had doubts about the theory of Marx.
In 1976 after a meeting with 1/3 of Allan Blakeney's cabinet including the finance minister and energy minister I discovered that from reading Time magazine I knew more about their portfolios then they did. At the age of 27, I came to the conclusion socialism would never work and the NDP had to be replaced.
My enemies on the left and right will attack me again either for leaving or having been there, however, not long after my conversion to capitalism I was vindicated by Deng Xiaoping and Mikhail Gorbachev who came to the same conclusion in the 80's.
I also came to the conclusion capitalism is better but neither fair nor compassionate. (See the great Canadian bread conspiracy). I searched for a new political party and considered the blue liberals or the progressive conservatives. During the 1978 election I decided progressive conservative was the best balance of a market economy with social programs. Sheron and I joined the PC Party.
Progressive conservative always seemed a little difficult to understand. Then I did some research and discovered the first progressive party was started by former republican president Teddy Roosevelt. The Americans should revive the center progressive party.
For four decades, I have watched the left-right feud distract multiple governments resulting in lost opportunity, false information and frustration for you the people. The role of government is not to provide jobs for politicians and their cronies.
I will not go into all of the roles of government in this report. Some of the roles of government are:
Socialism has been proven to be an unworkable theory. Capitalism can be unfair. We often hear the word incentive or incentivize used by many people. No one has come up with the application of incentive as government policy. In the future I will explain Incentivism as government policy. I am preparing a paper proposing Incentivism: One policy: many solutions.
Every political party needs a policy foundation (a soul). Incentivism can be a policy which acknowledges the market is a result of human nature and finds solutions to problems caused by capitalism and competition. The left-right feud is not solving your problems. Pcsask.ca proposes to do what works.
A problem to solve
I want to conclude this week’s report with the observation we have a public safety problem in some of our cities and in some rural areas. In Canada we license gun owners and we still have shootings by people who cannot legally possess a gun. Solving problems of public safety is a role of government.
This week pcsask.ca will look for public safety solutions and provide an alternative to the left right feud.
Grant Schmidt - President
P.C. Party of Saskatchewan