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June the 9th and still seeding! This is unknown territory for me and I’m sure many other farmers. There had better be a long, open and warm fall for all of this to work. Let’s hope that everything gets wrapped up this week.

Speaking of things not getting wrapped up…the Provincial Auditor’s report came out last week and one item stuck out really

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I certainly know what the meaning of “frustration” is when it is June 2nd and the crop is not in the ground. We had another 1.2 inches Saturday evening and into Sunday. I still have soybeans, wheat, flax and some oats to sow and all of those have varying degrees of risk attached to them after June 1st. I am sure there are many other people in the same

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Over the last two weeks, there has been an ongoing saga of dismissals for cause and without cause at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. The latest casualty was the President who was only hired two years ago from McMaster University in Ontario. Dr. Gordon Barnhart, Saskatchewan’s former Lieutenant Governor, is now the Acting President of the

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A pleasant Victoria Day holiday to all of you across Saskatchewan! Unfortunately for everyone in southern Saskatchewan, we are having a rainy day which puts a huge damper on all of the outdoor things that we would like to do on this weekend like camping, golfing or planting the garden. This weekend which is our first holiday weekend after a long

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Our unseasonably cold and wet spring looks like it maybe finally breaking. I noticed a few people out seeding this weekend even though there are still lots of mud to tramp through. Hopefully by the middle of the week we will be going hard on the Swenson farm and I expect most of my neighbours will also be out in the fields. I just wish it would stop

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As some of you will be aware, I had the honour of hosting a news conference as the Leader of the PC Party on the steps of the Legislature last week. Because the PC Party does not currently have members in the Legislature, we are not allowed to go inside the “people’s parliament” and talk to members of the media. We are considered “a security

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Once again Mother Nature has thrown us a curve ball in Saskatchewan. After an incredibly cold winter, I am sure everyone was looking for a nice warm spring, green grass and the ability to go outside and enjoy the sunshine on our faces. That has not happened and instead we spent the weekend dragging newborn calves out of the mud, putting out fresh

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As we all know, spring is a time of hope, renewal and new growth. These are all things we look forward to after a long, cold winter in Saskatchewan. This also brings an event which is very unique to Saskatchewan – an event that tells us a lot about what is going on in our province. No I am not talking about a new crop or a new way of doing things

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Like most Canadians, I was shocked and saddened to see the sudden passing of former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. Mr. Flaherty stepped down less than a month ago as Canada’s third longest-serving Finance Minister. As we have all seen from the tributes pouring in from across Canada and around the world that it is obvious that Mr. Flaherty had good

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What a difference a year makes! As an RM Councillor, at this time last year, I was driving around trying to decide what roads needed to be cut to let the water through so that we didn’t lose large culverts and other infrastructure. Like many other places in the province, my RM was being hammered by Mother Nature for the third time in four years. We

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I know this commentary is out of its normal time slot in the week but there has been a lot going on and I wanted to have the ability to comment on a number of different events and issues that have happened over the last two weeks.

First of all, I am extremely pleased to be able to tell you that the PC Party of Saskatchewan has hired a new

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What a weekend! We hit +10C here south of Moose Jaw yesterday afternoon. We went down to chop the water hole for the cows and for the first time in 5 months, it wasn’t frozen over. Hopefully that is the new trend in Saskatchewan’s weather.

Speaking of things frozen over, it looks like Vladimir Putin and the Russians don’t give a damn about the

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Many of us in this province remember the world-changing events which occurred between 1989 and 1991 when the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet Communist empire disintegrated. Many people of eastern European ancestry immigrated to Saskatchewan and western Canada because of the oppression of various Russian-dominated regimes. Whether it was the

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I woke up to -30 this morning and with the windchill, it was -42. Not a pleasant start to the week and unfortunately, if you listen to the weather forecast, we are in for another week of this. When you live in Saskatchewan and Canada, you understand that we get a lot of winter most years. That’s one of the reasons we do so well at the winter

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The wind was howling in southern Saskatchewan this morning and when that happens, our internet sometimes doesn’t work so my commentary is coming out this evening. The day turned out very nice. We got to +2 with the sun shinning and when we put out feed for the cattle this afternoon, it was a real pleasure to be outside.

What wasn’t a pleasure was

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As if Saskatchewan doesn’t have enough problems to deal with right now, we have our Premier showing up at the annual SUMA convention in Regina and throwing out the idea that education taxes should be raised to pay for infrastructure. Now if the Premier had said that education taxes were going to be raised to pay for new schools or bettering our

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If you thought issues around the Canadian Senate were going to quietly go away, this last week showed that this issue still has lots of legs. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced to the world that all of the Liberal Senators were now out of his caucus and will now have to act as independents. The reality is that the former Liberal Senators

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Since my commentary last week, it seems that the mess in grain transportation and in commodities transportation by rail in general is finally getting the attention it deserves. It’s good to see that our Premier – fresh back from his Arizona car auction – finally had something to say about this critical issue for Saskatchewan two days after my

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As I mentioned last week, I headed up to Saskatoon for Crop Production Week. It seemed like half of the province went with me as the show seemed very well attended. The addition of CropSphere at TCU Place was a new feature and it certainly had some good components to it.

Most people I talked to would prefer that all components of Crop Production

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What a difference a week makes. -50 degrees to -5 degrees. I’ll take this Sunday over last Sunday any day of the week. The weather in Saskatchewan is like our politics. Up one day and down the next.

Three quick items that I want to comment on today. I will be heading to Saskatoon like many other people involved in agriculture this week. This is

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