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December 1, 2016, was the day my Dad passed away. This may seem like an odd commentary topic. However, it is one of the reasons why I decided to get involved in politics again. My Dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the same time my Mother’s health began to deteriorate and the experience with the health system and the official opposition made a mockery of their plight in my opinion.

Mom was long diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and Dad was diagnosed with his cancer probably five years ago. Mom stayed at home until Dad was no longer capable. We managed to get Mom a respite stay at a long-term care (LTC) home in Saskatoon. I was working a term project in Saskatoon at the same time for a company I was working with at the time. About two weeks into the respite, while at work, I received a call from the LTC facility indicating my Mom was being sent by ambulance to a Saskatoon hospital. They wouldn't give me any more details. I rushed from work to the emergency department not really sure what to expect. The ambulance pulled up and when the door opened I saw my mother sitting there swearing at the ambulance personnel. I asked them what was wrong with her and the reply to that question horrified me. They couldn't handle her at the home. Yes, my mom was evicted.

Mom stayed at this hospital for about one month in December 2013. Dad would come to visit her every couple of days at first. As his pain became worse these visits became more infrequent. I began spending the night at the hospital to care for my mother. She was not getting fed nor changed. It was a terrible time for our family. My father technically needed my help more because he was still at home in Colonsay but here I was staying at the hospital caring for my mother where she was to get the appropriate supports but was not. In January of 2014 Mom was moved to the geriatric unit at Saskatoon City Hospital. There she received better care. Paradoxically it was also the place that caused more pain.

Mom spent another three months at City Hospital waiting for permanent placement. Her disease had manifested to verbal and physical outbursts against staff and family. It was here where I saw my Dad break down and cry for the first time in my life. There were staff members who refused to care for Mom because of the punches she threw during care. In the meantime, the disease or possibly the medication was making Mom drowsy much of the day and within a week she was essentially confined to a wheelchair. Our family had discussions with staff about her care but our concerns seemed to be falling on deaf ears. One staff member said to us if we ask for any medication changes to make Mom more alert, staff would refuse to care for her. I thought I'd raise these issues with the Health Authority, and the NDP opposition. Neither was of any assistance to us. It must be noted that when I brought all this to the attention of the

official opposition we were given sympathies but no assistance. A few short months later the NDP touted the great bologna caper. That was the issue surrounding the home in Regina that dared serve a resident bologna sandwich. Call me biased but what deserves greater attention between sandwich meats or poor care in LTC?! We were elated when Mom finally got a permanent placement at a Saskatoon LTC home in March of that year.

In writing this I am not seeking vengeance or retribution. I am seeking to better a system that has been neglected for too long by both NDP and liberal SaskParty governments. The thing that scares me the most is my parents' ordeal in this system may happen to others. I fear many of them may go unreported. This is simply no way to treat our seniors! These sort of stories aren't too NDP or too left; they are stories of human suffering going on in our communities. Many may not know that many seniors, just to afford LTC, must legally separate from their spouse to afford the services they require. LTC is income based. There must be a better way.

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Have a Great Week!

Ken Grey Leader
Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan

 

There are a lot of emotions running through my thought process this morning as I start what will be the last regular Monday Morning Commentary by Rick Swenson, Leader of the PC Party of Saskatchewan.

When I started this commentary many, many years ago, it was on a trial basis to try and help invigorate the small membership of the PC Party who had recently come out of a self-imposed hiatus and to give them a forum to express views on politics in Saskatchewan.  Well the weeks went by and then the months and then the years and the general elections with many by elections thrown in for good measure.

Saskatchewan has gone through an oil boom, a potash boom and some of the best commodity prices agriculture has ever seen.  We witnessed tremendous growth in our urban areas driven by huge amounts of home building, condo building and new retail shopping opportunities.  The oil boom disappeared several years ago, hundreds of potash miners are laid off and you can't sell your home for anywhere close to what you paid for it a few years ago.  Obviously there has been a lot to comment on.

Through all of this, and many other events that affect the everyday lives of Saskatchewan people, it is important for our political process to stay current and relevant to the average voter.  I've always felt this is best achieved by having many players in the political system with a broad range of ideology and approaches to problem solving. Political success is often only measured by the number of seats that you have in the Legislature or the House of Commons.  That is not a fair assessment of the health of our political environment.  

We all know that our first past-the-post electoral system often rewards political parties with huge majorities even though the majority of the voters don't vote that way.  There is always a strong temptation in Canada to relegate ourselves to a two-party system as is the case with the country to the south of us.  We are certainly witnessing on a daily basis the ills that are wracking that system and the voters it is supposed to serve.  I had always hoped this commentary would prevent that situation from being the "norm" in Saskatchewan.  

The other thing that I had hoped this commentary would achieve was the introduction of new thoughts and ideas to make Saskatchewan a better place in which to live.  You have heard me lament many times about what I see as a lacking of long-term vision for Saskatchewan's prosperity being replaced with the short-sightedness of four year election cycles.  Our current government is a prime example.  Last week's Throne Speech - the first offered up by new Premier Moe - is another example of playing to your electoral base with nothing for the future. He learned well from his predecessor. 

So I would like to end my commentaries on a positive note. Last weekend columnist Murray Mandryk of the Regina Leader Post wrote an article on the GTH comparing it to the Jurassic Park movie where the T-Rex is chasing a jeep driven by Scott Moe, Brad Wall and with Bill Boyd hanging out the back end.  They are trying their best not to be eaten by the T-Rex as was their lawyer in the previous scene.  The GTH controversy and waste of taxpayer's money will only come to an end two ways. Either the T-Rex will catch the jeep and eat the occupants or they will find some way to put it back in its pen - a pen by the way that was first opened by myself and PC Party many years ago.

I think it's incumbent upon all of us to find ways out of this mess and salvage our taxpayer dollars.   SaskPower owns over 130 acres in the GTH because they were forced to put up $24.5 million to pay for Bill Boyd's land dealings.  SaskPower needs to diversify how we generate electricity so that Saskatchewan can remain competitive and greener in the future.  We are facing a carbon tax primarily because of coal consumption to generate electricity.  

They are never going to build  an office building on that land but what they could do is create an opportunity for people, companies, academic institutions and crown corporations to have a center of electrical opportunity set up at the GTH. A place where, for instance, a proponent of solar generation could set up a demo and get patched into the grid before going elsewhere in the province.  A place where the use of waste heat could be used to generate electricity and power greenhouse vegetable production.  A place where new and innovative wind turbines could be set up and monitored for their efficiency.  

The City of Regina last weekend just went through the exercise of identifying all the ways that the city could be self-sufficient in its energy needs in the next 30 years.  There will be a motion coming before their council tonight dealing with that proposal.  Yes I know this idea would take longer than a four-year election cycle to implement but Saskatchewan must move forward for the health of our economy and the health of our citizens.  We can be a leader in developing a greener world and at the same time, continue to feed the world.

On that note, it has been a pleasure, a challenge and an honour to write this commentary.  I wish to thank the various executives of the PC Party who have given me this privilege over the years and I sincerely hope that the new leadership of the Party finds ways to keep engaging Saskatchewan people in thinking about our future well beyond the next election.       

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These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.

I'm sure you could almost hear the huge sigh of relief across Saskatchewan as farmers once again started the combines rolling across Saskatchewan's landscape. On the Swenson farm, we started taking wheat tough for the drying bin and within two days, it was testing dry. I'm sure the same experience was happening all across the province. The agenda today is for some oats followed by flax that has been in the swath for a week. Another week of good weather is going to put a huge dent in what crop remains. Let's all keep our fingers cross that Mother Nature cooperates.

Congratulations to Paul Carroll and Ken Grey on successfully completing the requirements laid down by the PC Party for entry into the leadership contest. They were both up in Saskatoon late last week for a candidate forum and I'm sure they are busy working the phones talking to party members in advance of the leadership contest on November 3rd. I encourage everyone to attend and listen to what these two fine candidates have to say about the future of our Party and our province.

Another event occurred last week which is ground breaking and something I never thought I would see during my time as an active politician. Welcome to the world of legal "weed" in Saskatchewan and Canada! I guess I should have used the proper name which is cannabis but to those of us who went through our teenage and young adulthood in the late 60s and early 70s, it was always referred to as "weed".

You bought it in a plain old baggie usually from someone in a bar and it was worth $20. It was illegal. It was very harsh to smoke but most of us had to try it because that is what was going on in the world around us where young people were rebelling against all the norms of society. As you grew older, you soon realized that society still frowned on the use of cannabis and so if you still indulged in it, it was always behind the cloak of respectability.

I remember very clearly the shock that was going on around the world when it was revealed that then President Bill Clinton had smoked marijuana in his college days. Mr. Clinton was forced to acknowledge that he had done so but claimed that he had not inhaled the smoke. The whole world laughed. At the time, I was the Leader of the Official Opposition in the Saskatchewan Legislature and knew that the press gallery would be waiting for all of the party leaders after question period with the very question ... have you smoked weed?

I told the caucus that morning there was no sense beating around the bush on the topic because too many people had witnessed the act of me doing so and I had really never been ashamed of the fact anyway. I therefore walked into the scrum before the question was even asked and said "Yes I did and yes I had inhaled" - what would you like to talk about today? That was the end of the discussion on marijuana use and I suspect many of the members of the press gallery had also done their own little experiments on weed at some point in their lives.

Canadians as a whole now no longer have to go through the dance and charade of whether they use cannabis or not. They do have to, however, be aware of the health effects and the impaired effects of its use. We as a society have not done as good a job as we probably should with another controlled substance called alcohol so we must be ever vigilant and responsible when using this new particular controlled substance.

In my view, the Sask Party government through its Liquor and Gaming Authority, have botched the introduction of legalized pot in Saskatchewan with their so-called draw for dispensaries. Almost none of the new operations were in operation on day one of legalization and the government seems to have no clue of how the distribution system will work because there will be no restriction on the number of wholesalers who can be in the marketplace. It will be interesting to see how many of these so-called wholesalers have strong connections to the Sask Party government. I guess time will tell but I have strong suspicions because of the way the privatization of the liquor business has gone over the last couple of years where what the government says initially, isn't what unfolds down the road.

Personally I think Canadians can handle legal weed and I'm actually looking forward to when edible products become available because I have never had the opportunity to try them and I am told there are many medicinal applications for old folks like myself to get a good night sleep.

I hope to see you in Moose Jaw on November 3rd!

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These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.

It looks like the coming week will finally give Saskatchewan some badly-needed harvest weather.  The forecast is for average to above-average temperatures and sunshine for the coming week.  It's going to take some nice days with a good breeze to get back harvesting again. Late last week I tried some standing spring wheat which was testing 20% moisture.  Dry is 14.5% so she has a little ways to go.  Let's keep our fingers crossed for a whole month of nice weather.

I will have to make sure I don't go anywhere near a Saudi Arabian embassy as that now appears to be another place where the Saudi Royal Family disposes of anyone who is critical of the regime.  As you know, I put out a press release which was reissued a few months ago criticizing the sale of the former Canadian Wheat Board to a Saudi-controlled company.  Unlike Donald Trump, I don't believe that money is everything.  Canada's reputation as an even-handed supplier of high quality food around the world and the reputation of our producers is something to be proud of.  

Do we really need to have foreign governments who think nothing of murdering their own citizens if that citizen criticizes the government controlling part of our agricultural sector?  We are already in the Saudi's bad books for other comments about their human rights record particularly where it comes to women so maybe we should finish the deal and tell them that their money isn't that important in our grain economy.  If they are going to keep treating people like Mr. Khashoggi as something to simply be disposed of because of well-founded criticism of the regime then Canadians should be rightfully indignant.  Let's give Canadian grain producers the option of buying into the old CWB.

As a former Energy Minister for Saskatchewan, it really saddens me to see that our federal and provincial governments of all political stripes have allowed our oil and gas sector to sink to the lows it's now facing. The discounts last week on Canadian heavy oils were as high as $50.00/barrel.  $50.00 a barrel not that long ago was a profitable price.  To see oil producers in western Canada ending up with a net of $20.00 a barrel in their pocket is an absolute crime for everyone in this country.  That means the share going to the owners of the resource which is all of us will be miniscule compared to what it should be.  

Our current Sask Party Premier is wringing his hands these days over the situation and of course blaming everyone else.  Give me a choice between the Regina bypass at $2 billion and no long term jobs or spinoffs against partnering with someone to build another upgrader and refinery in this province then I think you know what choice I and the PC Party would have made.   The Keystone Pipeline to the US Gulf Coast will not solve this problem. It will only put more money in the pockets of US refiners and Donald Trump.

Canadians must look to other Canadians and demand action from their politicians to rectify this horrible inequity.  Those petroleum resources belong to each and every one of us and we simply sell the right to develop the resource to oil and gas companies and other interested parties.  It is not in our best interest to give it away.  

Mr. Trudeau needs to park his carbon tax until after the next election and get on with figuring out how we are going to transport our products to the world.  We should use the time to do the consultations necessary and then draw a line in the sand for all interested parties.  He should continue to bring in new tax measures to encourage the development of alternative clean energy supplies and then after we have the transportation bottlenecks figured out, have the discussion about what kind of carrots and sticks we Canadians need to have at our disposal to hold up our end of the challenge to rectify the impacts of man-made climate change.

I do not dispute for one minute that people across this globe need to change their ways but it seems we Canadians have difficulty multi-tasking on all of these fronts at the same time.  It's time to get the to-do list in order so that we can come to logical conclusions which don't put us all in the poor house and at the same time, make sure that our citizens who are owners of our resources are appropriately rewarded and as a result build a better society and country which does meet our commitments to a cleaner world.

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These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.

This morning I woke up to a sight which I was hoping not to see for another month. There was "white" stuff on the front lawn i.e. snow. On the Swenson farm, we still have yellow peas, spring wheat, oats, flax, soybeans and grain corn still to harvest. Because all or part of these crops are irrigated, they did not have the early maturity of other crops in southern Saskatchewan which were heat stressed.

A hail storm on July 9th further slowed development. So we are now experiencing what much of the rest of the province has experienced in September with early snowfalls and the inability of harvest to proceed as we would like. It's very difficult to generate cash flow with crops still standing in the field and being downgraded by Mother Nature. Our provincial and federal governments need to monitor this situation very closely because farm families are going to have a tough time paying the bills on outstanding input costs and other associated agricultural issues. This cash flow problem resonates through the entire business community in our province.

On a happier note, it appears late last night that Canadian and American negotiators have come up with a template for a new trade agreement. Changes to supply management and how Canadian manufactured automobiles flow across the US border are not big issues in Saskatchewan. The preservation of Chapter 19 in the old NAFTA agreement - the dispute resolution mechanism - appears to have been preserved by Canada's negotiating team. In my view, this is crucial to our wellbeing.

The free flow of our commodities through a mutually-beneficial trading relationship to our largest customer is crucial to our wellbeing. We cannot have that relationship subject to the vagaries of US politicians and a US court system which is subject to political pressures as we have seen with the Kavanaugh circus surrounding his appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

Evidentially the new agreement will not be referred to as NAFTA because Donald Trump needs to be able to go out and brag to his political base about how he whipped the Mexicans and Canadians into line and is going to make America great again. I have little concern about what political grandstanding Donald Trump does as long as we have his signature on an agreement which I can take to my banker when planning next year's crop. The same goes for people in all the other commodity businesses that export our commodities to the United States, Mexico and around the world. It will be interesting to look at the details of this agreement and see if the Trudeau government has kept its promise to Canadians of waiting until the last minute to signing a good agreement and not being bullied into a bad one by Mr. Trump.

My final comment of the day is related to the above topic. There was an announcement last week in Alberta that Canadian companies have allied themselves with Chinese ones to construct another oil refinery in Alberta. If built, it would be the 2nd largest in western Canada at 167,000 barrels a day of oil use. This announcement is good for Alberta, it is good for western Canada and it tells me that the Chinese are prepared to put money into creating finished petroleum products in Canada to send back to their domestic markets.

I have felt for a long time that we should be pipelining finished product to the west coast rather than concentrating exclusively on raw oil and particularly bitumen from the oil sands. A spill of gasoline or diesel fuel does not cause the environmental concerns of raw heavy oil because it floats to the surface rather than sinking to the bottom of any affected water body.

The development of the Energy East Pipeline and increased refining capacity I believe are fundamental to continue prosperity in western Canada. The up to $40 a barrel spread between the WTI price and the local Canadian western price for our oil going south is an absolute travesty.

Progressive Conservative governments in the 1980s understood this fact and partnered with FCL and Husky to remedy part of the problem. Our visionless Sask Party government needs to get off the pot and start thinking about a longer term view and solutions rather than their 4 year election windows to save their political backsides.

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These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.

I think all of us remember Brad Wall's disastrous last budget. This was the first budget after the 2016 election where the Sask Party government was forced to tell the truth about the state of Saskatchewan's finances.  These truths were the ones they had vehemently denied prior to the election when the PC Party started to reveal the true state of Saskatchewan's finances.  They were also telling us taxpayers that there was tough times coming because of the over-spending on Mr. Wall's pet projects.

One of the centre pieces of that budget was a 3.5% reduction in wages across the public service and even amongst Mr. Wall's newly elected MLAs.  We were all supposed to dig deeper to pay increases to PST, insurance premiums, kid's clothing, used cars and the list goes on and on.  A lot of people had the attitude that if it was across the board and we were all being treated equally, then we would have to bear down and pay for Mr. Wall's over-spending.

It has now come out to the dismay and anger of most of us that Mr. Wall's rollbacks - rollbacks which new Premier Moe heartedly endorsed - were not equal at all.  In fact what Mr. Moe has endorsed are huge salary increases at the top of our crown corporations and agencies.  If you are a CEO, VP or other high ranking individuals, you've had the greatest run up in salary increases this province has ever seen under Sask Party governments since 2007.

Remember many of these agencies and crowns are monopolies. We as consumers of their products have nowhere else to go for price competition.  When SaskPower asked for a rate increase, the Sask Party cabinet rubber stamps it and we all write a bigger cheque to pay the power bill.  The same goes for our auto insurance.  I am not saying people don't work hard at the tops of these organizations, but does running a monopoly qualify you for a 17% pay increase when everybody else was being asked to take a 3.5% cut and pay a lot more in taxes and fees in their day-to-day lives?

Our teachers are being asked to manage larger classroom sizes without backup from now dismissed educational classroom aids. Waiting lists are growing again in our hospitals.  Saskatchewan's homeless person numbers continue to grow.  How can our Sask Party government justify large salary increases for a few select individuals in the public service?

I think these salary increases are for a couple of reasons. The Sask Party has continued the practice of previous NDP governments by using the Crown Corporations and other agencies as back-door taxation in order to feed money to their increased deficit spending.  The number one priority of being cost-effective service providers has become secondary to the government's thirst for cash.  Secondly, our Sask Party government needs people who will comply with decisions like we have seen with the purchase of a large amount of land by Sask Power in the GTH in order to pay for Bill Boyd's land deals with friends of the government.  

I think all of us expect that when government makes a decision to trim the fat, they trim it all and there are no exceptions.  We expect that our politicians will lead by example and if there is the necessity for an exemption to the rule, then it must be talked about in a public way so that those of us that pay the bills have an opportunity to voice our concerns.

You have heard me say many times in this commentary that our government is only as good as the opposition across from it.  Where was our NDP opposition who supposed to have total access to the government's books while all of these salary increases were being put forward by the Sask Party government?  

People in Saskatchewan deserve all the parts of a responsible government and we have not been getting that for a very long time. If Scott Moe is not willing to denounce the excesses of his predecessor, then we might as well have not gone through the exercise of the Sask Party leadership race where all the contestants vowed to make substantive change.  It looks like that whole charade was simply an exercise in publicity building for the next election.      

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These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.

Congratulations to Yens Pedersen on winning the Regina Northeast by election. I don't think it was a surprise to anyone that the NDP would win back a seat that they have held almost continuously since 1985.  In fact, I think from knocking many doors there, that many people voted for the NDP in desperation to get rid of a bad Sask Party government rather than because they favoured what the NDP stands for today in Saskatchewan. Without the carbon tax issue which may or may not be around for the next provincial election, the Sask Party showing would have been really dismal.

Congratulations to PC candidate Ken Grey for achieving the goal of a 3rd place finish. It's unfortunate that the PC Party as yet does not have the manpower resources to get out the vote that was available in Regina Northeast for a PC candidate. Only 39% of eligible voters turned out at the polls. There were many people who appreciated Ken's approach, the message he brought out about being fiscally conservative and socially progressive was what many voters wanted in an MLA. His pledge to not balance the budget on the backs of our children and the sick was a message well received.   

The PC Party could have easily been in the double digits as a portion of the popular vote if we had the electoral machine to get our identified voters. That is the goal this Party must strive for in the future under new leadership. Keep up the good work Ken and I hope your continued success as a politician will mean better government for all of us.

Speaking of better government, I had hoped when the Prime Minister and a good portion of his caucus showed up in Saskatchewan last week that we would have had some concrete news on both the trade agenda and the construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. The Prime Minister and his Ministers were here to talk about infrastructure and seemed to be ready to dole out some money as long as Saskatchewan played nice on the carbon tax issue.  

I always thought that leadership was about putting your best foot forward and showing people on how to get things done by first showing that you are personally willing to get your hands dirty and tackle the job ahead of everyone else. I still find a Prime Minister who is telling the rest of us how we should do things but not willing to get his hands dirty and lead the parade by finding workable solutions. If there are some Indian Bands in BC that need a consultation so that shovels can go into the ground maybe that's where the Prime Minister needs to be and if not a 100% of the people are pleased with the meetings, then so be it because that is how democracy works.

If we are going to tie the duty-to-consult to getting things done, then that is what we should do day and night until we get it done. It's kind of the way I do seeding and harvest and you put up with the break downs, the third party failures like railroads and Mother Nature, but at the end of the day you get it done.  

Unfortunately, I didn't see that from our Prime Minister last week or from any other Federal leader for that matter.  I'm not sure putting Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump in the same room would get the same results you had with Brian Mulroney and Ronald Reagan. Mulroney and Reagan each worked themselves up in life by pulling up the boot straps. Unfortunately, Trudeau and Trump have never had to go that route but surely to goodness there are enough trade negotiators in Canada after 30 years of NAFTA and American trade shenanigans that we can put a team together that can bargain with the best the Americans have to offer. 

I just don't get the sense from our Prime Minister that this is what is happening but if somehow we do get a good result, I'll be one of the first Canadians to say congratulations.  Let's keep our fingers crossed and meanwhile, the Prime Minister should tend to his knitting on the domestic front.  

My final comment of the day would be with all of the layoffs that are occurring in northern Saskatchewan with the Cameco shutdown, the layoffs in the potash industry and with the lack of work for small and medium sized contractors because all of the resources are being piled into the Regina bypass, wouldn't this be an ideal time to be building infrastructure for transportation?  I think we could get work done at very reasonable rates because people are desperate to make equipment payments and keep good, highly trained staff from wandering over to Alberta as our former Premier and Finance Minister have done to be gainfully employed.

Northern Saskatchewan has desperately needed good roads both summer and winter in order to get at the rich resources harboured there and to allow the free flow of people and goods in and out of our northern communities. Isolation breeds many social problems and inequalities like the availability of education.  Now is the time to be employing our own skilled contractors and tradesmen to get some of this work done while many of our other resource industries are in the doldrums.  If the Regina bypass is preventing our Sask Party government from having this wider vision then they should definitely be summarily booted from office in the next provincial election.     

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These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.