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Rick Swenson

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”.

I had the pleasure this past Saturday of joining PC candidate Ken Grey and six other PC members to do some more door knocking in Regina Northeast.  We also had a very energetic crew of young people doing a drop at the same time all across the north end of the Glencairn neighbourhood.  That part of Regina Northeast certainly knew that the PC Party was out and about. 

It's been great to talk to people there, talk about what it means to be fiscally conservative and socially progressive and ask people to choose a third option that would be totally different than the big spending Sask Party and big spending NDP parties.  Saskatchewan is going to have to take a different approach to stem the out migration of talented people to other places because there has been no new jobs created in Saskatchewan in the last two years. 

Every time that I have knocked doors in this riding, voters question me and candidate Ken about what could have been created with the billions of dollars the Sask Party government has squandered on things like the Regina bypass, the GTH and the carbon capture at Boundary Dam.  This is a riding that looks directly across an open area at the Co-op Upgrader.  The people employed there have long-term, sustainable jobs that were brought about by the hard work of the Co-op movement and a PC government. 

More than ever, we need to look at value-adding all of our rich resources so that we do not depend on unstable American politicians in the future.  The people of Regina Northeast, I think, are catching on to all of these facts and see no point in electing another big-spending Sask Party MLA who will duck out on them the minute things turn bad or electing another NDP MLA who is firmly stuck in the past.

Our system of government is only as good as the opposition sitting across from it.  The excesses of the Sask Party are an indictment of the weakness and lack of vision produced by the NDP opposition who has been sitting across from it since 2007.  Ken Grey would be an excellent choice to break the mould of the politicians that we've had in place over the last decade. 

I hope everyone in Regina Northeast gets out and votes.  A low voter turnout only encourages the current crop of politicians to keep doing the poor job they currently are performing.  Good luck to Ken Grey and all his hard work on behalf of the PC Party.

A quick solute to the Humboldt Broncos hockey team who this coming week will resume play in the SJHL.  This community has shown us all what it takes to come together, honour their past and move into the future.  No one knows what the record of this team on the scoreboard will look like but they are already winners in the hearts and minds of their home community, this province and across the country just by being where they are today.  On behalf of the PC Party, we wish them well when the puck drops on that opening faceoff. 

My final comment of the day is on the court decision regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline.  At some point, Canadians must decide if the rule of our parliamentary democracy is the final answer or will it be the unelected judges of our court system.   When the elder Trudeau repatriated our constitution from Great Britain, we were assured that we would have the benefit of both those worlds and that our society would be bettered by having another check and balance so no matter what our station in life is, we would have redress.

The problem with both politics and the judiciary is that if you have deep pockets or willing benefactors, you can influence both.  Political parties are always looking for cash to run their electoral machines and the judicial system is rife with lawyers who will do anything for money and reputation.  It seems if you have enough wherewithal you can drag our judicial process through enumerable hearings, adjournments, appeals and moving to another court at a higher level. 

The duty to consult and come to a covenant of understanding has been part and parcel of our democracy for a long time.  Nations, however, are built on vision and wisdom and the ability to look into the future and decide what is best for the majority of the citizens in that country.  Throughout the 20th century and now into the 21st, Canada has always been judged near the top of nations that people wish to come to because we have not hesitated to build a country based on hard work and dreams and equality in things like health care.  To build those dreams, we must be economically sound and have reasonable checks and balances so that our citizens can succeed. 

In my view, it is time as the Liberal Senator from Alberta Mr. Black said for the Parliament of Canada to get with being nation builders and solve this problem so that we can get our rich resources to market.  It is no time for politicians who are only concerned about their own well-being in the four year election cycle.  It is time for statesmanship as opposed to political brinkmanship and pandering to special interest groups who are not interested in nation building.   

    

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

As usual with special long weekends, my commentary is a day late.  This is the holiday where we celebrate the hard work and dedication to building Saskatchewan by workers across this province.  We are an industrious society who have never shied away from hard work or innovation.  We hope the day will come when there will be no work force fatalities in our province.  We have much to be thankful for here and therefore we should celebrate the toil and sweat and perseverance of all those that make it happen. 

It was great to celebrate another Rider victory over the Bombers, it has been good harvest weather and for those that wanted that final trip to the lake or their favourite campground, Mother Nature was pretty cooperative.  On the Swenson farm, we wrapped our lentil harvest up on Saturday and I wish I could say it went well but between hail in early July, prolonged drought and late growing difficult weeds, this was the worst lentil crop we have ever grown.  I was sorely tempted to use glysophate as my desiccant this year because of the heavy weed pressure but I was warned by many of the potential buyers that this might be a real detriment in the marketplace this year alongside very low lentil prices. 

There is much turmoil in the international marketplace over the use of glysophate as a dry-down product for many crops.  It is used because it is a very good means of weed control for the following year and therefore can be a huge money saver down the road.  The whole issue of what is safe in the food that we eat and export must be based on good science and well-respected forms of due diligence. 

This issue must be solved in the near future as the world's population continues to grow by the hundreds of millions each and every year.  The prospect of mass starvation is not a pretty picture and the inability of farm families to make a living growing the necessary food is also a huge issue that must be addressed particularly here in Saskatchewan where we have so much of our economy tied to the production, processing and exporting of food.

I used the normal desiccants which didn't work very well and so will have to find a way to clean the green weed seeds out of my lentils before I can sell them.  That is the nature of the business and you always hope that you don't have the same problem next year. 

On another topic...I took the time to watch some of the funeral service for Senator John McCain in Washington DC on Saturday morning.  It was a true testament to Senator McCain's love of his country, to see past Presidents like Bush and Obama who represented different political parties and a very wide difference of opinion in the political spectrum joined together to praise the life of a true American patriot.  I was especially moved by the eulogy of Senator McCain's daughter, Meghan, who contrasted the life of her Father with some of the current politicians in America today who think only of themselves and their political success tomorrow. 

I know that Canada needs a trade agreement with the other countries on the North American continent.  I know when the first agreement was signed in 1988 the Americans were desperate to have access to our oil and gas reserves at world prices rather than the two-priced system then in place.  They also wanted many other Canadian resources like uranium.  Today the United States is basically self-sufficient in oil and some of their current politicians have very short memories or are simply looking after their own political hides in the upcoming mid-term elections. 

In my view, Canada should not pander to the short-term whims of sometimes untrustworthy politicians.  We need a deal that is long-term, a deal that you can bank on and a deal that has a dispute settling mechanism more reliable than an American courtroom.  Canada walked away from the table in 1988 to get that article written in the original agreement. 

Politicians like Donald Trump come and go.  We cannot run our farms, our businesses or our government based on the whims of such people.  We should take our time, in my view, and get this right even if Mr. Trump and his friends inflict some short-term pain on all Canadians but we will remember who our friends are.

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First off I would like to offer my personal condolences and that of the PC Party of Saskatchewan to the family of Senator John McCain.  Mr. McCain served the people of Arizona and the United States of America for multiple terms in the United States Senate.  While serving as a naval pilot during the Vietnam War, he was shot down and was a prisoner of war for over 5 years.  I'm sure as Senator McCain endured those terrible conditions, torture and starvation he made a vow that if he got safely back to his family and his country, he would do everything in his power to make better the lives of his fellow citizens and our world.

I think he did that in a way that not only was patriotic but with a will to serve everyone in society no matter what their station in life was.  It's too bad that other politicians do not follow the example set by Senator McCain and his service to others.  He was a great citizen of our world and I will join with many millions in honouring that service. 

Speaking of politicians doing the right thing....I do not understand the attempts by the Sask Party government to try and force municipal governments in Saskatchewan to choose a different election date.  Municipal elections are set for the fall of 2020.  The last provincial election was held in April of 2016.  Four years from then is April of 2020.  The Sask Party made a commitment to the people of this province that we would have elections every four years.    

We have an unelected Premier in Mr. Moe.  To me it is only logical and right that we would have an April election in 2020 so that the voters of this province can pass judgement on the platform Mr. Moe brought forward during the Sask Party leadership race, to balance the budget in three years and rectify some of the wrongs committed by his predecessor Mr. Wall.    

Really are not elections in our democratic system about the spending of our tax dollars and how we distribute them throughout our society?  Is this not how we should be judged when we seek political office?  I think it would be very appropriate for Mr. Moe's Sask Party government to bring forward a budget in March of 2020, have the other political parties bring forward their visions of how Saskatchewan will manage its finances from then until 2024 and have the voters pass judgement on those visions.  Saskatchewan is going to have a huge deficit which will be the burden for all of us to pay.  The vision of how we are going to do that needs to begin, I think, in April of 2020. 

Mr. Moe will have had ample time to implement his vision and reforms of our government and should face the people in order to get an electoral mandate or pass the responsibility to someone else with a different vision.  To suggest anything else to me is simply the Sask Party and Mr. Moe playing political games to satisfy their own interests ahead of the interests of the taxpayers of Saskatchewan.  To subject hundreds of municipal governments to a drastic change in their governance models where many of their elected officials do so as a responsibility to their community rather than full time jobs like MLAs is truly a slap in the face to those hundreds of municipal politicians.

If Mr. Moe and his colleagues continue to push this agenda, it is all about their personal and political well-being at the expense of the taxpayers of this province and the downgrading of our democratic principles.  I had the opportunity last week while campaigning in the Regina Northeast by-election to discuss this very topic with a number of electors.  I could find no one sympathetic to the machinations of the Sask Party on this topic.  The only counter argument I received was for our citizens to go to the American model where we would elect provincial and municipal politicians all on the same day every four years and try and cut the costs to the average taxpayer by doing so.  That is a far more reasonable proposition than Mr. Moe and his inner circle playing ring-around-the-rosie with our electoral calendar.

I look forward in the coming weeks as I knock more doors with PC candidate Ken Grey to having this conversation and many others with the voters of Regina Northeast because I really sense that people are looking for a true change of attitude and style and commitment from their elected officials.

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

Before making my comments on the Saskatchewan uranium industry, I would like to congratulate a couple of Progressive Conservative candidates. The first is Ken Grey who is contesting the Regina Northeast by election on behalf of the Party. Ken is a newcomer to the PC Party but I think he exemplifies the movement we are seeing across this province where people who previously supported other parties see the consistency of the PC message of being fiscally conservative and socially responsible and of having a long-term vision and not simply living from election to election. Ken is a paratransit driver for the City of Regina and certainly sees the effects of a Sask Party government who rewards their friends with taxpayers' dollars and have squandered the rich resources of this province instead of looking after some of our most vulnerable citizens.

The other PC candidate I wish to congratulate is Paul Carroll, the Mayor of Bienfait, who ran for the party in the last provincial election in Estevan and is seeking the leadership of our Party on November 3rd. The Sask Party have put the rookie MLA from the Estevan constituency in cabinet over the heads of many other long-serving SP MLAs to try and ward off Paul Carroll's run in the next provincial election in the constituency of Estevan. Obviously, the PC message is starting to resonate.

A few weeks ago, Saskatchewan witnessed massive layoffs of the people who mine and mill uranium for Cameco Corporation. Six hundred jobs is a big hit for Saskatchewan. This job loss hits very hard in our northern First Nations communities. It hits hard in Prince Albert and it hits hard in Saskatoon where Cameco's head office is.

I had the privilege of being the Minister responsible for taking the newly formed Cameco Corporation to the marketplace while serving under the last PC government in Saskatchewan. Cameco was formed from previous federal and provincial crown corporations to make a stronger and bigger market-driven company that would be a dominant player in the world uranium business and contribute royalties and taxes and employment to the people of Saskatchewan on a long-term basis.

The PC government of Saskatchewan retained 20% of the shares so the government would have a seat at the table as this new business venture unfolded. Saskatchewan had mined uranium for a very long time before Cameco came along. It had done so in order to supply the development of nuclear- generated electricity around the world.

Unfortunately, succeeding NDP governments took a short-sighted view of the uranium industry and sold off those shares in order to have balanced budgets

just before provincial elections. There was also a large group within the NDP who I shall refer to as the "glow in the dark crowd" who have been against nuclear energy ever since the dropping of an atomic bomb on Japan in order to end the 2nd World War without massive bloodshed.

Uranium is a commodity like any of the others produced in Saskatchewan. It goes through the ups and downs of commodity markets. One way to negate that fluctuation would have been to complete the circle in uranium mining and marketing. When Cameco was formed, many forward-thinking individuals in all walks of life dreamed of the economic opportunity Saskatchewan would have if we mined, milled and refined uranium, sold it to customers around the world on long-term contracts and then when it was finished providing electrical generation in countries around the world, the spent fuel would be shipped back to Saskatchewan and put into long-term safe storage very close to the same ground it came out of.

The back end of those contracts would be worth as much or more than the front end and would allow Saskatchewan production to continue even at low prices because the financial rewards would be more evenly spread. Saskatchewan and Canada would also be able to guarantee that none of this nuclear material would find its way into the hands of those who would use it for evil purposes and further weaponizing our globe. We would be contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases and would become a center of excellence in a whole range of educational and scientific skill sets as new uses were found for the spent fuel and the handling of this material worldwide.

One of the major costs that electrical utilities using nuclear power have on their rate base i.e. their paying customers is the storage of spent fuel. Many of these generating plants are in countries with far denser populations than Saskatchewan and therefore these costs are extremely high. Saskatchewan and its uranium industry, I believe, would have no end of customers willing to enter into contracts that would complete the circle and there would be winners on all sides.

The PC Party before and during the last provincial election championed things like waste heat for alternative energy generation. We fully support and have talked about taking the restrictions off of SaskPower for items such as flare gas, solar energy and other renewables which could be developed by individuals, communities and cooperatives. We also believe and know that the safe generation of electrical power by the nuclear option will be occurring for decades to come around the world.

Saskatchewan should be a leader and get its share of the financial rewards. The Sask Party government had the opportunity while Saskatchewan enjoyed the best economic times to develop this vision further. The monies squandered by the SP government on tax credits to mature potash mines, the Regina bypass

and carbon capture at Boundary Dam could have built this dream and we would not be looking at the devastation of our uranium industry and the communities associated with them. None of those items and the billions spent on them in the future, in my view, will be contributing to Saskatchewan's economic health or employment base like the full development of our uranium industry could have done.

We cannot succumb to fear and misinformation and four-year election cycles if we are going to build this province for the long term and in a sustainable way.

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It's not very often you can look at your thermometer and have it hotter in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan than Phoenix, Arizona.  That happened on Saturday.  Moose Jaw set a new record which was over 42 degrees celsius.  I'm sure on the Swenson farm that it was even warmer.  I can't imagine what it must be like for people who deal with those kinds of temperatures for weeks on end. It would be very difficult to get anything done. 

This last week of very hot conditions has really speeded up harvest.  For some, this will mean disappointment with lower yields and for others with later crops, it will speed up the maturity.  In other words, the usual mixed blessing when it comes to Mother Nature in Saskatchewan.  

You have often heard me in this commentary castigate politicians who live by four-year election cycles instead of the long term well-being of the people that they serve.  On numerous occasions over the last ten years, you have heard me question the wisdom of the deal that our last NDP government and the Sask Party governments that followed Lorne Calvert's tax credit offering to the potash companies.

In the last few weeks, we have seen large layoffs of potash workers in Saskatchewan.  I believe these layoffs will be long term and you will begin to see the moth balling of some mines.  The offering of 120% tax credits to the potash companies for expansion of existing mines in order to meet higher production quotas will result in a few mines supplying our customer base rather than many of our existing operations. 

The Wall government in particular led the public to believe that there would be a massive expansion in worldwide demand for potash.  This illusion was fostered by former Premier Wall in the lead up to the 2011 election and his dramatic stand on behalf of Potash Corp. in the face of a hostile takeover by BHP Billiton.  Today Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan no longer exists, head office jobs have been lost to Calgary from Saskatoon and we are now seeing job loss at the front end of the industry with experienced miners probably having to leave Saskatchewan in order to make a living.  The billions of dollars in tax credits which Mr. Wall showered on the potash companies to create the illusion of an economic boom will haunt this province for years to come because of a stagnant world demand picture for potash and the entry of new players in mining development outside of Saskatchewan.

Like every other commodity we produce, potash has to get in the cue with our antiquated rail system in order to get to international market places.  Trucking potash to the United States simply wrecked our highways.  Mr. Wall's time and our money would have been better spent finding ways to improve our transportation system with ideas like building up our short-line railways and building links to American railroads than giving billions of dollars to potash companies so they can shed jobs in Saskatchewan.  His time would have been better spent lobbying the then-Conservative government of Mr. Harper to bring in legislation to fix our rail situation than getting Mr. Harper to back his now useless defence of Potash Corp.  I'm sure Mr. Wall, as he works out of his Calgary office, will be walking the same streets with laid off Saskatchewan potash miners as they look for jobs in Alberta.  

Unfortunately the only thing Mr. Wall was thinking about was his own political well being and making sure that he and his friends in the inner circle of the Sask Party maintained their cushy jobs.  My guess is that it will be many years before Saskatchewan's provincial auditor will ever begin to be able to sort out exactly what the total amount of the tax credits will be and what did we get for our money besides shuttered mines and laid off workers.

This province desperately needs political leadership that will take a long-term view of our needs and be prepared to suffer the political consequences of the courage of their convictions.  Stayed tuned for my comments on the uranium industry next week.

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I hope everyone had a great long weekend. We received over an inch of rain on our farm between Thursday night and Sunday afternoon which is a real bonus because both the pastures and the later seeded crops were under a lot of stress. I can't imagine what they would look ke this coming week with temperatures going into the high 30's if we hadn't received that moisture. Unfortunately with thunderstorms, you can be 5 miles away and receive nothing which was the case with some of my neighbours. This kind of heat will certainly push the harvest agenda ahead of where it would normally be. With this extreme heat across Saskatchewan and particularly here in the south, the potential for wildfires will grow by the day. As we've seen on the news with the California wildfire situation, the simple break down of a vehicle caused a catastrophic situation. Before and during the last provincial election, the PC Party and its candidate Brian Archer who was running in the Wood River constituency, repeatedly raised the issue of the scrap tire mountain in the town of Assiniboia. Most estimates placed a million tires there. Tires that you and I and everyone in Saskatchewan has paid a recycling fee on. They have been sitting there since 2014 when the scrap tire corporation allowed the Assiniboia situation to develop after the company operating there which was headquartered in New Jersey declared bankruptcy and ceased operation. One small spark and Saskatchewan could have a human and environmental disaster. Tire pile fires have been known to burn for months spewing toxic fumes into the atmosphere, polluting water ways and necessitating evacuations of the surrounding population. The Sask Party government collected the money from all of these tires and now refuses to clean up the mess. Like so many other questions surrounding our Sask Party government, where did the money go? It was very pleasing to me last week when CTV phoned and asked for an interview on this issue. If not for the PC Party over the years, no one would be holding the Sask Party government accountable on these tires, other piles of them around the province and asking accountability for the missing environmental money. My final comment for the day is on a recent letter to the editor which was published in the Regina Leader Post and other Saskatchewan papers written by the Honourable Peter MacKay. Mr. MacKay was the one time leader of the PC Party of Canada and after the formation of the Harper government was a long-serving minister for the Conservative Party of Canada. His article very eloquently put forward the argument that the Energy East Pipeline project is still a very necessary and viable energy option for Canadians. It was great to see someone from Nova Scotia putting forth the argument that this project would be good for all Canadians and give all Canadians a sense of energy security. A pan-Canadian project like this would be good for Canada in the face of the uncertainty caused by the Trump administration and the possibility that our largest trading partner will no longer be the best outlet for our oil and gas. The recent diplomatic upheaval between Canada and Saudi Arabia and the American sanctions on Iran means there will be off-shore markets for Canadian oil going east. Mr. MacKay says, and I totally agree with him, that we need a national government with a vision for the future and not just the four-year election cycle. I would encourage all readers of this commentary to look Mr. MacKay's letter up, have a read and start talking to your politicians about bringing Canada and Canadians together again on a project that will build our country and provide economic stability for decades to come. Your feedback is always welcome on anything you read in the Monday Morning Commentary. Please send your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you know of anyone that would be interested in receiving this by email, please forward me their email address. Don’t forget to check out our website at pcsask.ca. These issues must be debated for “The Right Reasons”.