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You have all probably heard by now that former Premier Allan Blakeney passed away this weekend. I had the privilege of serving in the Legislature with Mr. Blakeney and even though I didn’t agree with much of what he stood for during the 1980’s, you could not help but like the man personally and respect his commitment to our province. My thoughts and

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What a difference a week makes! It was +15 here yesterday and the water is really running. You probably all saw in the news where Moose Jaw had some excitement over the weekend with the Moose Jaw River rising rapidly and along with some ice jams, did a fair bit of damage within a few hours. I expect all over the province people will be dealing

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 weeks since my last commentary. There are many things that have changed in that time and unfortunately, the weather isn’t one of them. We received another 6 inches of heavy wet snow at the Swenson farm and it doesn’t look like it’s going to melt until this weekend.

On the political front, there certainly has

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Canada’s Federal government presented its budget this past week and unlike the provincial one, it is a much more difficult item to get a handle on very easily. Because the Federal budget deals with all of Canada, it sometimes takes many months for the Saskatchewan ramifications to appear. I am sure there will be consequences for our province

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Welcome to the first full day of spring. It’s looking more like winter again with up to 25 cm of snow forecasted for parts of the province in the next few days. This isn’t the kind of news that anyone wants to hear as it can only add to the flooding worries of many of our citizens. Every day that the spring melt is delayed, is another day closer to

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I know that some of you that read last week’s commentary will think that I am either a physic or have some inside source within the government. It is not the former and if I had the later, I certainly wouldn’t reveal my source. I am, of course, talking about the announcement about the sale of the Prince Albert Pulp Mill to new ownership. I

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Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the PC Party’s proposal to set up a Strategic Resources Review Commission. The reaction from the various media outlets was very positive and certainly the feedback from people around the province has been very positive as well. They liked the fact that the PC Party has taken a very common-sense approach.

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It’s another -40 morning in Saskatchewan so I thought I would heat things up today by jumping back into the potash royalty controversy. I think one thing that is apparent as the Sask Party and NDP squabble with each other over who should have done what with potash royalties and taxes in the past, is that there needs to be another voice in this

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One of the issues that the PC Party raised in last fall’s Saskatoon Northwest by-election was the fact that Saskatchewan citizens have not seen an increase in the potash royalty since 1994. This is because NDP and Sask Party governments have been preoccupied with giveaways to the potash companies for mine expansion. Instead of a coherent policy

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They say that seeing is believing and after my 2 day sojourn to Yorkton and area on Friday and Saturday of the past week and talking with many dozens of people from various walks of life, convinces me that a large chunk of northeast Saskatchewan has the potential for large problems.

The snow pack is very heavy, the flooding from last year is

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Monday Morning Commentary has been expanding every week with new people wishing to read another perspective on public issues in Saskatchewan. I don’t know if that includes Premier Wall and the government of the day but my comments about putting a Minister in charge of flood preparations last week seemed to have caught their attention.

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The snow just keeps getting deeper in Saskatchewan. I don’t think we have missed a day in the last week when there wasn’t something to shovel, push with the tractor or blow with the snow blower.

The amount of snow pack is certainly starting to way on the minds of people across the province in all sorts of occupations. The agricultural sector is

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PC PARTY OF SASKATCHEWAN
MONDAY MORNING COMMENTARY – JANUARY 10, 2011

Thanks to those of you that took the time to reply to last week’s commentary. As we sit in our homes trying to survive this on-going Saskatchewan winter, it is a good time to think about what is possible and what there should be more dialogue about in the province of

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Happy New Year to everyone! Joanne and I hope that all of you had a great holiday season with the opportunity to share fellowship with family and friends and enjoyed the nice weather we were blessed with. Yesterday we were also blessed with another grandson who decided to be born even though the outside temperatures wanted to keep most people

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