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The political landscape of Canada had a huge surprise last week. Against all the predictions and commentary from the political pundants and some of Saskatchewan’s well-known media commentators, Alison Redford won a resounding victory in the province of Alberta and the Progressive Conservatives will govern again for 4 more years.
It appears that being
There were two items that were very topical last week and I think will be talked about in the weeks to come that I wish to comment on this morning.
The first item is the growing displeasure with the Sask Party government’s attempts at gerrymandering the electoral system in Saskatchewan. If you remember last year, the Sask Party tried to get rid
It seems that with the coming of Easter, we still haven’t seen the last of winter. I think everyone was looking forward to an early, mild spring whether you are urban or rural so that we could all get some things done that have been hard to accomplish in the last two years.
Speaking of getting things accomplished, it seems that all levels of
The announcements made in the provincial budget are finally starting to sink home to a lot of various groups in Saskatchewan. During the past week, I have talked to a film producer, key people in the tourism industry and attended the Legislature to observe the reaction to some of the legislation that was talked about at budget time.
A few things
This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of attending the budget presentation at the Legislature accompanied by three of my caucus colleagues, James Yachyshen, Chris Brown and Manny Sonnenschein. We were joined with hundreds of other people – many of whom represent various organizations in the province – to see what the Sask Party would present to
It is becoming evident in the last few weeks that the Sask Party government’s management of our natural resources and how they are marketed to the world is not fulfilling Saskatchewan’s potential. This government has had some of the best resource prices over the last 4½ years that our province has ever seen.
We are pumping more oil and mining
I am sure most of you saw the news articles last week about the huge village that the ATCO Company out of Calgary is going to build for BHP Billiton at their Jansen potash mine site. This village is going to have accommodations for 2,500 people and will be totally self-contained. Each room will have its own washroom facilities. There will be a
Today begins the spring session of the Legislative Assembly. As we have all seen from watching recent newscasts, the small NDP official opposition is down right inept at holding the Sask Party government accountable. There have been many opportunities to question the government’s actions on what appears to be total reversals of the Sask Party’s
First of all, I would like to apologize for not sending out a notice that there wasn’t going to be a MMC last week. The Party’s computer was in dire need of some upgrading which took longer than expected. It seems there are always a few bugs to get out when you put in new technology. They still aren’t all ironed out but hopefully this coming week,
Just a quick thanks to all those people that responded to last week’s Monday Morning Commentary and a special thanks to those that wrote to the Premier and to the Speaker. As I said in my remarks last week, this is a non-partisan issue and about preserving our democratic traditions and forums. I can assure you that this matter is not going away and
I noticed in last Saturday’s Leader Post an advertisement for the position of Chief Electoral Officer in Saskatchewan. As some of you will remember from last year, the PC Party banned together with the Saskatchewan Liberals, the Green Party and the New Democratic Party to block the Sask Party’s attempts to get rid of the current Acting Chief
Here is a further note on last week’s commentary. The Premier went off to the First Ministers’ Meeting with his health care agenda - which was announced with much fanfare - only to have the Prime Minister quickly close the door on that subject. It is obvious that we in Saskatchewan must tackle our health care problems with our own
This last week was a very busy one for me and for the province. The second week of January is the Crop Production Show in Saskatoon which draws many thousands of visitors who are interested in the various components of agriculture in our province. This is when many organizations hold their annual meetings and report back to their members. I took
It was interesting to note when Saskatchewan’s job numbers came out at the end of last week that we had only added 3100 jobs last year in a supposed-booming economy. During the same period, Manitoba – a province that was half covered with water in 2011 – added 5800 jobs and Alberta a whopping 98200 jobs. In fact only New Brunswick and Quebec had
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that the holiday season brought much joy and happiness to you and your family. I know it certainly was good around our house and I have the waistline to show for it. Winter or I should say the lack thereof, has not been hard to take so that when we finally do get into the cold and snow, it will seem a much
I hope everyone’s Christmas shopping experience is a good one because it can be a very frustrating time of the year trying to get the “right” gift for that someone special. It is hard to not let the commercialization of Christmas get to you. The advertising campaigns on television almost remind you of the saturation political bombardment we saw
After a much-needed sabbatical from politics and farming, Joanne and I are glad to be back home and back to our normal routine. One of the beauties and the curses of the internet is that no matter where you are in the world, you can observe what is going on in the world around you at any place and at any time. So even though I was many miles from
At the beginning of this election campaign, there were 2 statements made by both of the major parties – the Sask Party and the NDP. They both said they wouldn’t try and buy the taxpayers with their own money and there wouldn’t be any attack-ad style of campaigning. The NDP didn’t even make it through the first week before trying to shower us in
I hope everyone has survived the first week of the election campaign and that your senses haven’t been dulled too much by the hundreds of thousands of dollars of advertising by the Sask Party and the NDP. It is unfortunate that our political system has evolved to what amounts to saturation bombing of people’s minds as an alternative to meaningful
I hope everyone was able to get together with family or friends this weekend to enjoy Thanksgiving. It was nice to get the turkey down before the onslaught of advertising began Monday evening.
It’s obvious from the opening moments of the campaign that both the Sask Party and the NDP have very large amounts of money to spend on well-produced tv
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