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Rick Swenson

It was good to see at this most recent Sask Party fundraising dinner in Regina that both the attendees and the people protesting the Sask Party agenda were able to do so in a civil manner. Our Sask Party Premier seems to have found a dose of humility and has started to accept the fact that governing can be a tough business.

He made one statement last week that I thought might be a watershed comment. He said that his government should be held accountable for all of their actions over the last ten years. I have never believed that the frustration and anger we are seeing today across Saskatchewan has only come about because of the most recent spring budget.

Unfortunately because of the events that transpired next door in Alberta in 2015, we did not have the opportunity to discuss the Sask Party's record in a truthful manner during the last election campaign. The sudden and unexpected coming-from-nowhere victory by the NDP in Alberta gave the Sask Party the diversion they so desperately needed to avoid talking about where they were taking Saskatchewan both in the past and into the future.

I know some of you will say "that's politics" and it will always be played that way but at the end of the day, it doesn't get us to where we need to be in a prosperous and democratic society. One only has to look at what is happening south of the 49th parallel to see what boogeyman politics does to a nation or for that matter a province or a state or a city or a town or a municipality. The American people are going to have to go through the ugly and gut wrenching exercise of removing their President who basically got elected for all of the wrong reasons and everyone is going to have to suffer the consequences of that.

It will be very interesting to see how the people of Great Britain who have one of the oldest and revered democratic institutions on this planet and how those institutions will handle this latest manifestation of radical Islam. Will the people of Great Britain, with their long history of respect for law and due process, be able to face the challenges of dealing with this scourge of humanity? Will the tens of thousands of Muslims in British society accept and believe in those democratic institutions with the dozens of arrests going on in their communities as authorities try to find the roots of this ruthless and uncompromising view of a few radical individuals about the rest of the folks living around them?

At the end of the day, it will be those British Muslims who will solve the problem of the rot in their communities or only add to the problems of making Great Britain ungovernable. Heaven forbid that the same curse should come to our country but it could.

And that brings me back to my opening comments of this commentary this morning. Boogeyman politics can be good for your own political ambitions and as a way to maintain political power for yourself, your friends and your political party. The problem with it is that it masks the truth and truth is necessary for the good of our democratic institutions and as a way of solving our problems. The other problem with it is everyone then has to look around to find a bigger boogeyman and the truth keeps getting pushed aside until we have a real mess on our hands.

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