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I hope everyone is enjoying Labour Day. We should always remember those in our workforce who do the jobs that make our society function, who do the building and we should always remember those who unfortunately lose their lives during the course of their labours. Safety in the work place is something that must be constantly talked about and our

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Another week has gone by and the great potash debate continues unabated. You are all probably aware of the “poll” that came out on Friday last that was commissioned by News Talk Radio. The poll results confirm what most of us have been hearing on the streets and on coffee row. Saskatchewan people are leery of a huge foreign multi-national taking over

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If the amount of feedback that I’m getting from many of you regarding the possible takeover of PCS by Billiton and the amount of ink in our newspapers is any indication, then we have a really hot topic on our hands.

Potash is something that seems to bring out many strong feelings in Saskatchewan’s population. One thing that we should all keep in

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You would think that government stupidity would take a few weeks off in the summer time like the rest of us hope that we can do. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

We have seen this past week that the Sask Party government was in such a hurry to get a contract signed with the nurses that no one bothered to either read the fine print or quite

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So much for the hiring freeze announced by the Sask Party government in the spring session of the Legislature! It seems that another of the Premier’s inner circle from the 1980’s and who also happens to be the Premier’s first cousin, has landed a $100,000+/year job as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Highways.

Jason Wall has now gone from home

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I trust everyone is enjoying a nice long weekend. The weather has been mostly good for a change. The Swensons are still doing first cut hay on August 1st which has never occurred on our farm before so I guess that is a sign of the times in agriculture these days with everything being 2-3 weeks behind. But I am thinking favourable thoughts for all

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Finally the PC Party of Saskatchewan received some good news last Friday! The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled in our favour and against the Sask Party’s appeal of the Kyle decision. This means that our joint suit against them and our former Trustees will now proceed to trial. The Sask Party will have to file a defence within 10

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Monday Morning Commentary is a day late because I wanted to further check on some issues that have been lying under the surface of the government’s dealings with the potash industry and some of their friends in big business.

I have known about this issue for sometime but did not want to go off half cocked. Even most of the media has not paid

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I am happy to report that there are over 1600 happy and tired souls leaving the CCI 100th reunion in Moose Jaw this past weekend and I am one of them. One hundred years for any institution is certainly an achievement and catching up with old acquaintances, classmates and the odd old “date” takes a lot of energy. We need to have some of that kind of

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I may have mentioned in one of my earlier commentaries that my old high school (Central Collegiate Institute in Moose Jaw) is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. We are celebrating with an all-class reunion on July 8-11th.

I have been part of the organizing committee for the last 2 years and in fact, I have taken on the responsibility for

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I’m sure everyone has been watching the goings on in Toronto this weekend. I am totally amazed that if we are spending $1 billion on security for the G20 conference that all of the known violent protestors in Canada could not have been identified ahead of time. We are now all blessed as Canadians with the spectacle of downtown rioting being

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It now looks like there will be somewhere between 10 and 12 million unseeded acres in Saskatchewan. This is an unprecedented number in our province’s history and will take a very concerted effort by both provincial and federal governments to come up with equitable solutions.

Unfortunately, what we are seeing now is a game of one-up-manship with...

It looks like agriculture in Saskatchewan is heading for its worst spring in living memory. Even the provincial government is now saying that probably less than 70% of the crop will be seeded this year. It now poses the question – what will senior levels of government do to mitigate this disaster for many thousands of Saskatchewan farm families?

We

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It has now been 4 whole days since we’ve seen rain on the Swenson farm so I guess that is something to be grateful for. I’m like everyone else in the province – seeding is way behind of where it should be but there is light at the end of tunnel if Mother Nature would cooperate for the rest of this week. I know some parts of the province have

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Despite more rain and little crop getting seeded once again this past week, there was good news in the Swenson household on Friday, May 28th. The Swenson family welcomed a new Progressive Conservative member. Your Leader is now a proud “Grandfather” for the first time to Owen Gordon Swenson.

I now have another reason to work hard to make this

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It started raining at 11:00 AM Saturday morning and by 3:00 PM, there was an inch and a half in the rain gage so seeding is delayed once more on the Swenson farm. The weather people are talking about 30-40 more millimetres starting Monday evening and I guess I am about average with only a third of my crop seeded so there will certainly be lots of

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Because of the rain and snow, I was able to attend the Legislature again this past week. I attended last Wednesday to watch the Minister of Health apologize to the Legislature for lying about his consultations with the Privacy Commissioner. A few weeks ago, I had commented in this commentary about the pit falls of giving out patient information to the

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It looks like southern Saskatchewan is going to get rain and snow again on Tuesday and Wednesday which is a good thing and a bad thing. We always need moisture and we always want to get the crop in on time. Politics is much the same way. You try and do the right things but sometimes your timing is lousy. A case in point is last week’s

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I will need to beg everyone’s indulgence with this week’s Monday Morning Commentary. I usually prepare most of my material on Sunday evening, sleep on it and finish it off on Monday morning after sober second thought.

It was 10 PM Sunday night before I sat down at the computer because my lovely bride and I had just come up from the barn where we

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What a week in politics this has been for the PC Party and for Saskatchewan voters in general. The NDP official opposition has suddenly discovered the PC Trust court cases and asked questions every day last week in Question Period about what members of the Wall government, their staff and their political friends knew about it. Of course, they

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