We wish you peace, joy and prosperity throughout the coming year. Thank you for your support and we look forward to the years to come.
Ken Grey & Family
Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan
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.
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