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Ken Grey's Commentary

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.

Standing still for Saskatchewan. The Moe government has no Moe to give. They are tired and out of touch with rural Saskatchewan or they simply don't care.

A conservation field office no longer sells hunting/fishing licenses. That's like the old SNL skit of the cheese shop without any cheese in stock. Now the folks of Assiniboia are forced to drive to Regina, Moose Jaw or Swift Current to obtain their licenses. Just another way this government has abandoned rural Saskatchewan.

Its interesting to watch two governments obsessed with a spending fight over where to spend taxpayers money. It's the dilemma of two liberal governments who want to spend taxpayers money to aid their election planning.

The NDP seem to feel a new swimming pool or two are priority items when there are a multitude of more important infrastructure needs in our province. In the aftermath of a massive layoff in the potash industry, or 70 year old seniors doing a walkathon to raise money for a long term care facility it is obvious why re-election swimming pools might not be a priority.

The potash job killing royalty structure is entirely on this government. The restaurant job killing tax is also entirely on this government. My hometown of Colonsay will feel the effects of a government without a plan when oil isn't printing it money.

The Colonsay mine closing is the first step. The government either seriously misread market conditions or ignored them to pay for their deficits. Saskatchewan's potash royalties are now the highest in the world! Apparently one billion dollars in tax increases wasn't enough for this government to "balance the budget" Now 350 families will have to figure out how to balance their own budgets. Its a sorry decline for a province once bursting with pride and optimism.

I had the pleasure this past week to speak to a former bar owner from rural Saskatchewan. The new Saskatchewan for her business has left her in debt and now living in Manitoba. The mess with SLGA combined with the Saskparty neglect of rural Saskatchewan has made life difficult for this entrepreneur. When the government rigs the system against local businesses its hard to compete. This story has played out over and over again in rural Saskatchewan.

There is a better way. Rural Saskatchewan needs a boost. It has so much to offer business in Saskatchewan. We are letting a golden opportunity to create investment and pride in our rural life get away. We just need the drive and initiative to make it happen.

Three stories about the neglect of our north came up within the span of about a week. Two of the stories were picked up by the mainstream media and one was documented on social media.

Gloria Desjarlais, 71 years of age from Buffalo Narrows, began a fundraising trek of 750 km to raise funds for a long term care facility in her community. Desjarlais recounted her dismay when elders in her community had to move sometimes up to five hours from the community to get long term care. The disturbing thing here is why has the local NDP MLA, a former cabinet minister in the Calvert and Romanow governments, not advocated for a home in this community? It appears just as the Saskatchewan Party has taken rural Saskatchewan support for granted so too the NDP has taken the support of northerners for granted also.

The second story to come out was of Glen Sinclair of Meadow Lake. Mr Sinclair has been forced to start a funding initiative, also consisting of a walk, so he can make the trip from Meadow Lake to Saskatoon to receive cancer treatments. Mr Sinclair cited the loss of STC service as a significant obstacle for him to remain in his community and look after his health. The real tragedy with the loss of STC was the complete lack of a provincial transportation initiative to replace what was once there.(Meadow lake now.com story by Tyler Marr)

The third story was of the closure of the Wollaston Lake Fishery and its store in Prince Albert. The loss of the plant in Wollaston lake cost that community 20 jobs and 5 jobs were lost in Prince Albert at the company store. The chief reason was the expensive transportation costs associated with flying the product out of Wollaston Lake. The report did mention the provincial government and the federal government did not come through with promised road travel in that area of the province. (CBC July 13th, by Kelly Provost)
There seems to be a clear theme in all these stories. Neglect of the north by the Saskparty and the NDP. Decades have elapsed as seniors in Buffalo Narrows have been separated by great distances. Apparently it takes 71 year old seniors to walk 750 kms to get the initiative kicked off. The people of the north have been cut off to services in the south because of the lack of public transit and any clear plan to connect the north to the south. And promises of connections north of Prince Albert , and while we are at it I suppose we can also mention Prince Albert's one old bridge, as promises not kept to our northern citizens.

My youngest son recently graduated and the song they had as a theme at the ceremony was “Home” I am sure many have heard this song. The line in it that I always remember is “we’re going to make this place our home!” This is how I feel about Saskatchewan. We have seen the Saskparty divide our province along north and south, oil producers versus non oil producers, farmers versus urban. We need someone who can come in and make this place, the whole province, our home.

Saskparty priorities are not northern priorities. NDP priorities are not northern priorities. After 3 terms the Saskparty has not prioritized a new bridge for PA. The same bridge the NDP said wasn't necessary many years ago. The residents of PA know differently. Lets tell the Premier the north matters. Build that bridge!

 

PA News Article published July 23, 2019