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After having a few days to decompress, I’ve had the opportunity to go pheasant hunting with my dog, do a little farm work and not think about politics 24 hours a day. And you know what? The sun still comes up in the east and goes down in the west so Saskatchewan will get through 4 more years of Sask Party government.

There are two issues that I

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It’s the morning after and the results were not surprising. The personal destruction of Dwain Lingenfelter worked out quite nicely for Brad Wall and company and we now have a one-party state in Saskatchewan.

It is very obvious for all to see that vast amounts of money and a good ad agency can really sway the public mood. The NDP did an excellent

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Happy Halloween! It will be interesting to see what the political leaders have to offer today to the taxpayers of Saskatchewan – will it be more tricks or more treats?

It is obvious that politics in Saskatchewan these days is all about having a big bank roll and a good ad agency. You have all seen the multi-faceted Sask Party television

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Today the Parliament of Canada resumes with our first majority government since 2004. This will be quite a change for Canadians because once again, we will have a government with the ability to bring forward an agenda and have that agenda passed into law after debate instead of having the debate ruling the agenda. There will be several pieces of

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Hope everyone had a good Canada Day long weekend. Saskatchewan made it through the weekend without any major weather events and it looks like we are finally going to get some summer weather for a change. I’m sure there are people all over this province who are breathing a sigh of relief and will welcome the days of sunshine to come.

Last week,

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Some of you older folks will remember the song “Singing in the Rain” – well this year it seems it’s the same old tune but with different words – “Seeding in the Rain” and it isn’t much fun. I finally finished my last flax field just after lunch with the windshield wipers going and praying that the discs didn’t plug on the airdrill. I was

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It’s another cold long weekend in Saskatchewan and another rural health facilities shutdown because of a lack of staffing. If you are anywhere in the Shaunavon area in southwest Saskatchewan this past weekend, you couldn’t go to your local hospital for medical services. It seems there were not enough nurses or lab techs available to run the

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Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Take an extra minute today to say thanks to the special someone in your life. I know I will be.

There are a couple of issues which have come up in the last week which I think have big ramifications for Saskatchewan and particularly, for our rural areas. As we all know in this province, you cannot separate rural

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For 22 years, there has been a unique conference held in Moose Jaw hosted by Dr. Andy Schmitz - a noted North American agricultural economist. This conference picks a new theme each year to talk about a particular aspect of the agricultural economy. Its title is Farming for....Profit?

Andy has always believed that if you can put people from

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We have all heard about the various means of social media which are so prevalent in our society today. In the last week, we have seen two examples of our media-savy Premier short-circuiting our bureaucratic and political systems.

Like 30,000 other Rider fans, Joanne and I were at Mosaic Stadium Saturday afternoon and took in the announcement of the new football stadium.

Because of the sound system down at our end of the stadium, you couldn’t really understand what the announcement was all about and who was going to pay what. Certainly it was obvious that football fans are

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Happy Canada Day to everyone! Many of you probably ended the day watching fireworks in your local community. Joanne and I were also watching the fireworks but it was the tremendous thunderstorm that descended on our area late Sunday night. It went on for half the night and we woke up to 2.2 inches in the rain gauge on Monday morning. Luckily only a

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No – I am not going to Tuesday Morning Commentary – or for that matter Tuesday Evening Commentary – it just has been a very busy week already and all of these thunderstorms raise heck with my satellite internet. As everyone in Saskatchewan is aware, we are having extreme weather systems circulating across our province. Hopefully no one ends up in the

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Sometimes in life there are events that happen that just unfold unexpectedly and it changes your whole day. As some of you probably noticed, my Monday Morning Commentary did not appear at the usual time. Twelve days ago, our 2 dogs – a purebred Border Collie which we use to work cattle with and my purebred English Pointer which is my bird hunting dog

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It appears that the recent Sask Party cabinet shuffle, which has concentrated most of the political power in the hands of the Premier and a few select Ministers, has now shown another example of how this will affect Saskatchewan.

The Premier popped up out of no where late last week and announced about a $60 million health care facility on crown

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I have resisted getting into the Thomas Mulcair affair until the gentleman in question at least had the good sense to come to western Canada and have a look around. Unfortunately like many eastern Canadian politicians before him, when it came time to take a look at the western Canadian energy business and particularly the oilsands business, he

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As I sit and watch the rain falling outside on my unseeded land this morning, I am having some of the same thoughts of hopelessness that many Saskatchewan people must be feeling after last Friday’s provincial cabinet shuffle. Two inches of rain over the last two days is very disheartening and not what Saskatchewan needs right now. This crop is

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I hope everyone had a great long weekend. Mine was spent going around and around or back and forth trying to get some spring seeding done. As I went to bed last night around 11:30 PM, I could still hear tractors going in some of my neighbour’s fields. Hopefully in these stressful days that those involved in agriculture also think about safety on

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Finally some good weather in Saskatchewan! I, like most other farmers in Saskatchewan, am burning the candle at both ends to try and get the crop in on time. Let’s hope it continues for the next 10 days or so and there will be a lot more smiles on rural faces.

Someone who won’t be smiling this past week is our former acting Chief Electoral

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What a change a week can make in Saskatchewan. We were looking at one of the earliest springs in a long while and everyone was talking about spring seeding being done in record time. One week later, Mother Nature has thrown us a weather curve ball. On our farm we have received just about 3 inches of rain in the last week and now we have water

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