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Rick Swenson

As most of you are aware, I have been trying to get some minor knee surgery done for sometime and after a few false starts I got in last Thursday for the procedure and everything seems to be going well. Last week, my 88 year old Mother fell on a wet floor and broke the femur in her right leg. She has had a successful surgery and seems to be getting along well.

I raise these two medical events because in the past, I have been very critical of our health care system but that certainly doesn’t extend to the frontline care givers in both my Mother’s situation and in my own. We have received nothing but the best and most considerate care from all of the people that we have interacted with. The frontline care givers in this province are obviously very well trained and have excellent people skills when dealing with some very difficult situations. If the bureaucratic system that governs them were up to the same levels as our frontline people, we would have quite the system. Thanks to all of these people that provided excellent and compassionate care to the Swenson family over the last week.

Speaking of thank you’s, I definitely want to send one to our Provincial Auditor Bonnie Lysyk. Last week Ms Lysyk announced that she was stepping down from her position and relocating to Ontario to become the Provincial Auditor there. Every taxpayer in Saskatchewan should be sending this lady and her staff a vote of thanks for having the courage to stand up to the provincial government and its use of 2 sets of books. I don’t know if this confrontation with the Sask Party government and its insistence on using 2 sets of books to mask provincial deficits entered into her decision to leave but I certainly hope not. The PC Party has been calling for years for Saskatchewan to enter the Canadian reality of using summary financial statements and only summary financial statements to report back to the taxpayers of this province.

Ms Lysyk has correctly pointed out that Saskatchewan is one of the last places in Canada to not follow this practice and would have been running a deficit 5 out of the last 6 years instead of telling people that they have balanced budgets. The job of the Provincial Auditor is not an easy one. It is further complicated in this province by the large Crown Corporation sector and the fact that politicians are always moving money from the Crown sector into the provincial coffers and at the same time, using the Crowns as a method of borrowing and therefore confuse the people who pay for the entire system which is you and me.

Hopefully the next Provincial Auditor will be someone like Ms Lysyk with the courage and the determination to keep reporting the facts, to keep telling us the truth so that enough Saskatchewan voters will demand that the provincial government quit the practice of keeping 2 sets of books and report the entire picture at budget time so that we can all make informed decisions about the choices presented to us. Brad Wall’s record in this regard of saying one thing in Opposition and doing something else when in government does not give anyone a lot of confidence that he will do the right thing in the selection of a new Auditor.

This week has been a pretty good one for Saskatchewan as 90% of the crop is in the ground and we now have a 2 inch rain to get it up and growing. The Riders won in Edmonton in their first game of the season and it looks like they have the tools to succeed. You can’t ask for much more than that in the third week of June!

Have a good week everyone.

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