Welcome to the Progressive Conservative Party

Welcome to the Progressive Conservative Party

Ken Grey's Commentary

Bernie Sanders of all people proved recently what happens when you force employers to raise minimum wage. Sanders cut back the hours of his staff to minimize the labour costs in his campaign. The budget may not balance itself but the market certainly will. Here in Saskatchewan the NDP wants to tip the market and cost employees jobs or valuable hours. There is a better way than Saskparty high living costs and NDP job killing policies. We need another option!

Statement on Premiers Conference.

It was disappointing that the best Premier Moe could do for a statement at the Premiers conference last week regarding the agricultural trade crisis with China was a tacit statement they will seek other trade options in Europe and/or Asia. While this is laudable it shouldn't be considered the solution.

The loss of a market of 1.4 billion people is not easy to replace. Its imperative for government to search for other markets. However, with the exception of India a country who we also have relationship issues, not many markets can fill the void of an economic giant such as China. There are certainly more issues than trade at stake here but the provincial governments should have issued a more significant statement on behalf of Canada's pork, beef and canola producers. Indeed, A and W got a rougher ride from this government than did China.

The Progressive Conservative Party again calls for Premier Moe to demand more action. The missed opportunity in Saskatoon last week must be followed up with action. The Trudeau/Moe cash advance and loan is not an acceptable solution to this matter. We need to use any legal and political measure to get this issue resolved.

What the government doesn't tell us about the job numbers released is roughly half the jobs are part time and most of the jobs are in the hospitality and hotel industry. These are very low paying positions that will do more to supplement incomes than give families an opportunity to succeed in the "new Saskatchewan ".

Couple this with crippling sales taxes including the approximately 12 cents per litre on gasoline the Moe Saskatchewan is a province of high taxes and elite cronyism.

 

CBC Saskatchewan News article July 5, 2019

CBC Saskatchewan News article June 30, 2019

No matter how you play this, these court rulings have put the provinces in a vulnerable position. Its not so much the insidious carbon tax that is at stake as it is provincial autonomy. The feds now have two lower court rulings that give them the authority to dictate fiscal policy to the provinces. The chance of a provincial victory at the federal court is less likely although thankfully not impossible.

Clearly when you place a purely political question before the courts you lose the benefit of reaching an agreement that both sides could live with in the end. Now we face the stark contrast of the federal government with the legal authority to impose its will. Perhaps this is what Moe wanted. Perhaps they are gambling that Scheer wins in October and these stunts will be moot in practice and give Moe that stature as a politician who stands for the province. After all why not use Government resources to do your bidding. It wouldn't be the first time Moe threatened legal action to aid his friends or party.

The end result of all this will likely be a loss at the Supreme Court and then Saskatchewan will join Jason Kenney in a referendum on equalization. The writing is on the wall for this to happen.

This liberal Saskatchewan Party government, like their cousins in the federal Liberal party, have purposely confused political donations and cronyism with networking for government and business relations.

When the liberals in the Saskparty government accept $2000 from the Chinese Yancoal, or 10k from SNC Lavelin they are not being good business partners. They are accepting pay for play donations for their own political good. The fact SNC Lavelin has hundreds of thousands dollars of government contracts means a political donation is potentially perpetuating their future success for government contract bids. Yancoals contributions could be remembered by the governing party when environmental regulations are interfering in business.

Governments should maintain good relationships with business. However donating to the Party end for its political messaging is a potential for a conflict of interest. This is not more apparent than with canola sector versus the energy sector. The Saskatchewan Party has organized rallies and mounted losing court challenges for the energy sector while being very silent on Chinese government attacks on our agricultural producers. There were no rallies of canola producers and no shock expressed at the prospect of China closing their borders to our beef. The Premier has been noticeably quiet on that front. Is the Premier standing up for China?

The Saskatchewan Party and the NDP ,with its union pay for play system, have corrupted politics in this province. We need a third way to clean it up!

The Saskparty. Standing up for the Saskatchewan Party! Certainly not for our canola farmers. To be clear the trade dispute with China was caused by the Saskparty friends in Ottawa. However, the Saskparty could have made a symbolic message to the Chinese government on behalf of our canola producers by not accepting their donation

 

.Leader Post article published May 30, 2019

I did a little experiment here. In doing this I'm not supporting the carbon tax but just making a point. I just purchased a $20 dollar shirt and then $20 gas.I wanted to keep the two purchases relatively equal in price. I paid $1.20 PST on the shirt. Yet the job killing carbon tax that the liberals in the Saskparty are trolling on about was $.66. The carbon tax is wrong but the PST on everything is a far greater expense to Saskatchewan people.

 

The Saskparty. Standing up for the Saskatchewan Party!