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April 12th is always a special day because it means I have been able to stay on the right side of the grass for another year. You don’t like getting another year older but the alternative is not a whole bunch of fun either. Spring is here and that’s always a sign of optimism in Saskatchewan and we have never lost a crop in April.

This week’s wind

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Welcome to the month of April and we hope spring is here. Spring is always a time of optimism in Saskatchewan and no matter what our governments are up to, we as a people always feel we can overcome the obstacles placed in front of us. My observations of the Saskatchewan Legislature over the last couple of weeks, having attended three times

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I know this is not Monday morning but I thought it might be worthwhile waiting till the latest instalment of the saga surrounding our chief electoral officer came to pass. I attended an all-party meeting at Elections Saskatchewan today and was not disappointed. The process started last week whereby the PCs, provincial Liberals and the Greens

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Welcome to the first Monday Morning Commentary by the PC Party of Saskatchewan. There are many issues of great importance to the taxpayers of Saskatchewan that are very topical right now and for which the PC Party has, in the past and currently has, some very good policy alternatives to fix the problems.

Each week I am going to comment on one or

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The 3rd Saskatchewan Party budget will be upon us in two days and I’m sure there will be much to talk about afterwards. For the first time in my memory, we have an incumbent Premier advertising on the radio with paid political advertisements that he will have a balanced budget. This tells me there must be something about this provincial budget

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Just a quick note this Christmas Eve – from our house to yours – a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. As you and your families travel around our great province and country enjoying fellowship and celebrating togetherness with family, friends and neighbours, I wish you safe travelling and be prepared for Old Man Winter.

Because next

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I would like to say that I am happy to be back home but it is difficult to come back to full-blown winter and be happy about it. Joanne and I had the privilege of being able to take a couple of weeks off and travel to the southern United States and enjoy a warmer climate and relax for a few days. This is something that a lot of Canadians do and

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This past week, Canada’s Premiers got together to talk about a number of important issues going on in our country. This was the first opportunity for the rest of Canada’s Premiers to get a measure of the new Quebec Premier and how she would react to issues affecting all Canadians. We have seen in the past where Quebec Premiers have only been

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Call it coincidence but the day after last Monday’s commentary (which came out on Tuesday because of the holiday), the NDP got off their collective duffs and raised the Pat Fiacco appointment in the Legislature. This issue also hit Murray Mandryk’s column in the Leader Post. Good on both of them for bringing this issue to the attention of

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It is not often that Saskatchewan gets a foot of snow the 2nd week of November but it does happen and this last weekend is a reminder to all of us that you always have to be prepared for the worst. There are lots of stories going around about people getting stuck and requiring someone’s assistance to get out of a bad situation. In Saskatchewan

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It appears that Steve McLellan, CEO of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, has joined an exclusive club that up until now only belonged to Rick Swenson and Grant Schmidt. This club belongs to people who believe that the Saskatchewan Legislature belongs to the people of Saskatchewan and is the place that issues pertaining to the well-being of

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I don’t know about the rest of you but I am sick of winter already. I am afraid that last year spoiled us because this last week with all of the wind, snow and freezing temperatures has been tough to take. The idea of shovelling and ploughing snow until next April makes me wonder if we shouldn’t have taken up the offer from the Turks and Caicos

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This Thursday will see the Legislature brought back into session. Normally there would be a speech from the throne whereby the government would set out their agenda. Fall sittings are supposed to give the people the opportunity to comment on the government’s agenda so that when the government brings down the budget in the spring, they are

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It is a wild, wet and windy day in southern Saskatchewan. I didn’t delay Monday Morning Commentary because of the weather or work but because I thought it appropriate to comment on our much-heralded Premier’s comments on Saskatchewan’s future growth.

For months now, we have had all of the Premier’s high-priced image creators dropping hints that

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! This is a bad day for turkeys but a great day for the rest of us who get to enjoy the bird and all its fixings. Saskatchewan has had a good year and it is good that we get together with family and friends to give thanks and celebrate the bounty that is around us. Let us hope that everyone that is travelling this weekend has

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Fall is definitely upon us with wind, rain and yes even some snow forecast for tomorrow. Some moisture will be very welcome in most parts of Saskatchewan. We have been two months without any significant amount of rainfall and you never like to go into winter with very dry soil. The snow can stay away for at least another month if not two.

There

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Another week has gone by and the end of harvest is in sight. This is probably one of the best runs of harvest weather Saskatchewan has ever seen except for the wind. The only problem with long stretches of sunny dry weather this time of year is that the fire hazard increases significantly. Both southern Saskatchewan and southern Alberta have

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What a difference two weeks can make when the weather cooperates. In my area the ag Saskatchewan people are saying that 80% of the crop is in the bin. Hopefully after today, we will be down to flax and a few odds and sods to clean up. It is remarkable for the middle of September. I think everyone in Saskatchewan is a little bit disappointed with

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Happy Labour Day to everyone! It is appropriate that we celebrate those in Saskatchewan who, through their labour, contribute so much to our province’s well being. This obviously is a large cross-section of our families, our friends, our neighbours and those we interact with in our communities. With harvest in full swing across the province and the

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I would like to thank all of the people that log onto Monday Morning Commentary on a regular basis. 2011 has been a very political year with a federal election in the spring and a provincial election which just concluded a few weeks ago. It certainly has meant a lot of commentary on a lot of different issues. I would like to assure all of you

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