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Like a lot of people in this province, I was glued to my television set Sunday afternoon hoping that the Saskatchewan Roughriders would turn around the second half of their season by posting a playoff victory in Edmonton. This team had the tools to get the job done but like most games over the last three months, it was too little too late and too

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Well it looks like we are going to have to drag out the long underwear for a few days. Saskatchewan goes from one extreme to another so we will probably be taking it off again next week. Let’s hope so because I still have 70 acres of soybeans to combine.

Please remember that tomorrow is Remembrance Day and this year, Canadians have much to be

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Right off the top, I would like to take the opportunity to invite everyone who might be interested in attending the PC Party of Saskatchewan’s Annual General Meeting being held at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa in Moose Jaw on Saturday, November 8th. As I mentioned sometime ago, Mr. Brent Rathgeber, Independent Member of Parliament and former

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It seems that at this time of the year, it is very difficult for me to keep to a regular schedule. I love doing my commentary on Monday mornings because I’ve had the weekend to think about the past week’s activities and what is going on in our world. With this fall’s harvest being one from hell and so many events happening all at once, it’s tough to

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Finally Saskatchewan has been blessed with some good harvest weather. Most of last week was pretty good and in fact, last Monday I had the pleasure of combining for most of the day, having my grandchildren come out and ride with me and then sit in to a wonderful turkey supper at the end of the day with four generations of Swenson’s around the

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This coming Wednesday marks a special day for the PC Party of Saskatchewan. The Party will be holding its nomination meeting for the Wood River Constituency in Assiniboia at the Prince of Wales Centre at 7:00 PM. Mr. Brian Archer, Councillor for the town of Mossbank, is seeking the nomination and if successful, will be a great addition to the PC

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I hated to cancel last week’s commentary as there were a number of topics which really peaked my interest, however, the opportunity suddenly arose to fill the contract on my 2013 spring wheat contracts and that became priority #1 on the Swenson farm. I had contracted my 2013 spring wheat crop to the CWB because I was able to get higher protein

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Most of the topics I pick to write about in this commentary are things that affect our daily lives in some way fairly directly. They are usually items that are economic, social or public policy decisions which hit home with most of us on a daily or weekly basis. There are times, however, when there are other things that are happening which are

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There are three things on my mind this morning which I think will be of great importance to the province of Saskatchewan and its economy. One is weather related and there isn’t a darn thing we can do about the weather and the other two items, I think will be significant economic factors in Saskatchewan’s economy and we can do something about them if we

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This past week has been a very challenging one for myself and those around me. For myself because I’m trying to do all of harvest’s various tasks with one hand and those around me are having to pick up the slack because I can’t do those tasks by myself but always have to have someone along helping. It certainly gives one a sense of humility to

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I think all of us when reading the newspaper and watching the news wonder where various statistics come from. Last Friday at 1:00 PM, I became one of those stats. We all hear about how dangerous an occupation that farming is and how in Saskatchewan it is one of the leading causes of injury and death. I was doing the simple job of hooking up the

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I think most people had the experience in their life of meeting a really unique individual who comes along and leaves such a strong impression that you never forget them. I’ve been very fortunate in my life in politics to meet several of these people - people like John Diefenbaker, Joe Clark, Grant Devine and perhaps the guy that left some of the

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Later this morning, the PC Party of Saskatchewan will be issuing a news release pertaining to the ongoing smart meter fiasco at SaskPower and the continuing saga of buck passing, finger pointing and belated apologies coming from both SaskPower and the Saskatchewan government. In the release, the PC Party is calling for the appointment of a

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For the first time this summer, we have a great weather forecast in front of us. The next week looks to be sunny and hot every day which is something the Swenson farm desperately needs. I am still haying and most of the crops in our area have a lot of catching up to do. We are going to be celebrating my Mom and Dad’s 65th anniversary this coming

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This spring, the PC Party raised issues around the sale of over 700 quarters of prime Saskatchewan farm land to the Canada Pension Plan. We took this issue to the steps of the Legislative Assembly asking that details of this transaction be revealed to the public. We asked the Saskatchewan government to release any legal opinions and other due

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Last week, there was a report card done on the state of Saskatchewan’s health care facilities. This report card was done by VFA Canada, a firm which specializes in analyzing the conditions of buildings in the health care sector. This particular firm has been reporting on Saskatchewan facilities for many years. This report was actually done last

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I’m sure by now some of you have seen that great picture that has gone viral on the internet of the newly-married couple in central Saskatchewan who are sharing a kiss on the road with a tornado in the background. Talk about timing! I hope the tornado in the background is not an omen about how the marriage will go. Saskatchewan has had its share

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I had the best intentions of doing my commentary Monday morning as usual but Mother Nature, however, got in the way. Like many people in this province, my family became directly involved in dealing with too much water in unwanted places.

My wife received an emergency call Sunday evening to go into Regina because the two sump pumps in my

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Every year after spring seeding is finished, there is an event which takes place that I have really grown to appreciate. I’m talking about the annual Farming For…Profit? Conference which is hosted in Moose Jaw by Dr. Andy Schmitz. This was the 21st such conference and the theme was “Can the agriculture sector compete with the natural resource

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It comes as no surprise that the Premier had to answer questions about the fact that he has dismissed the now former Cabinet Secretary Rick Mantey from his Cabinet duties because of the fall-out from his trips with various Cabinet Ministers. In my commentary on April 7th of this year, I mentioned that more attention should be focused on this

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