I was disappointed to hear the Federal NDP has in its platform taken direct aim at the rest of Canada. The NDP in a bid to regain its support in Quebec has effectively offered Quebec a veto on all matters environmental.
This proves this is a political matter that needs to be resolved politically. As a government we need to really address the importance of making Canada energy self sufficient. Until we are energy self sufficient, regardless of the energy source, our country will continue to be vulnerable to external forces,
The same applies to us locally in Saskatchewan. As we continue to see most families struggle with the high cost of living in our province the province is missing a great opportunity to open the markets for renewable energy here at home.. We also need to improve the infrastructure in our province to carry people and resources to our own local markets. Yes the Trudeau/Moe governments are missing the mark on expanding the economic base in our province. Whether its power co-generation, nuclear options or renewable our province is languishing. We need to once again open our province for business for the good of everyone.
Two things bother me about this article. First the fixed election date legislation is not really that. I'm certain we will be in an election sooner than the fall but we just don't really know. This legislation is flexible enough the government can call.it anytime from April to October. That's not exactly a fixed date.
Why are these former Saskparty MLAs getting severance? This has nothing to do with the candidates but has everything to do with a government greasing the wheel for its friends. This tired old government needs to be held accountable and the NDP opposition is unable to do that. Time to elect some PC MLA's to challenge the MOE government's free style spending!
As I've spoken to Saskatchewan residents I've heard a few, mostly Saskparty members, claim the true conservative alternative will split the vote of the blue liberal Saskparty and cause the NDP to win.
While there is some understanding to why the Saskatchewan Party may be scared of added competition, vote splitting is obviously not high on its radar. The most obvious point is our Party is not a liberal Party so the concept that somehow we would split the vote of a liberal party is laughable. Lets also not forget this government has been in power for 12 years and it has not once raised the issue of electoral reform to counter this scourge of vote splitting.
The last point Id like to make is vote splitting is always identified after an election as a means for the losing party to deflect blame. Its of great importance to political nerds like myself but the vast majority of voters vote according to the platform impact on their families. That's how democracy is meant to work. The Saskparty shaming its members to stay true is an odd way to treat supporters.
The reality is the NDP isn't even a factor in over half the seats in Saskatchewan. Clearly though this government has become so arrogant that it feels it can take its owns supporters for granted. Had there been a fiscally conservative opposition in the legislature scams like the GTH/bypass fiasco could have been dealt with more effectively. In short this government needs a reality check and the only way to do it is to elect PC MLAs.
The government is slapping it's own back over its razor thin surplus of 25.8 million dollars. Let's recap how this happens after years of consecutive deficits. They increased sales taxes. They astronomically increased lease rates on crown land. The end result is they are complementing themselves on making life more expensive for you and your family.
We need a fiscally responsible conservative party in the legislature to advocate for working people. The NDP have proven their ineffectiveness at holding the Moe government accountable and so the spending continues.
Over the last few months I've had the opportunity to speak to Saskparty members about the Trudeau carbon tax versus the numerous expanded sales taxes the Moe Government has implemented or maintained. The almost universal response has been to defend this government by saying the sales tax stays in Saskatchewan.
This if course is a complete misnomer for two reasons. First a tax is a tax is a tax. If one kills jobs so does the other. Second many of the projects the sales tax might contribute are being performed by out of province companies. A true conservative government would be working towards lowering taxes in the mould of the late great Ralph Klein rather than deficits and taxes in the mould of Justin Trudeau.
We need a conservative party in the Saskatchewan legislature that will speak for tax and spending fairness. The spend thrifts currently there are not working on behalf of taxpayers.
A liberal is a liberal is a liberal. The federal liberals blocked the testimony from the ethics commissioner yesterday. It certainly is telling they would do this. However let's not forget our liberal spending SaskParty government in Saskatchewan did the very same thing in regards to their own scandal with the GTH and bypass. Just as there should be an inquiry into Trudeau there needs to be the same into the Saskparty scandals!
What makes this worse is the ineffectiveness of the NDP to hold the Saskparty accountable. We need some true conservatives in the Legislature to force transparency upon Moe's government.
The tale of two Saskatchewan hospitals. Both have been promised. In the case of Yorkton it was a number of years ago. In the case of PA just the last budget. Neither has had a shovel turn any sod to start construction.
The governments misuse of tax dollars, and political games with infrastructure money can certainly be targeted as reasons why our healthcare infrastructure continues to crumble. This tired government is out of ideas. It has no plan. The end result is Yorkton sits on locally raised money as they wait and PA is given the not so good promise of a new facility.
There is a better way. Vanity projects aside these hospitals would have been done. Yet this government cuts services and raises taxes in hope's they can squeek out a balanced budget. The government is out of ideas and out of touch.