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Yesterday, Sunday January 5th, was a bit of a reality check for all of us who call this place home. When Joanne and I went down to chop the water hole for the cows, it was -50C with the wind chill. In fact my cows didn’t even go down for water yesterday because they had to walk a couple of hundred yards into that wind. Thank goodness for modern

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I just want to start off by saying thank you to those of you who commented on last week’s commentary. This subject seems to have touched a nerve with a lot of people from many backgrounds. I can say from the feedback I received that this is not seen as a good investment for the Canada Pension Plan, is not good for Saskatchewan agriculture and before

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Two issues arose this last weekend that are of importance to a lot of Canadians and to Saskatchewan. You wouldn’t think these two issues would be related but they are.

This past weekend, the Federal Finance Minister and his provincial counterparts met to discuss the Canada Pension Plan and its future. Many provinces believe the contributions to

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Talk about the proverbial rude welcome home as we stepped off the airplane last Thursday evening to -28C with the wind blowing. It was great to get away for a couple of weeks and see a different part of the world, talk to different people and realize what a great place Saskatchewan is.

The entire focus of the United States seems to be on “Obama

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In typical Saskatchewan fashion, we have gone from a great fall day last Friday to full blown winter on Monday. Like many thousands of other Saskatchewan residents and visitors from other provinces and countries, Joanne and I drove on icy highways to take in Agribition on Saturday.

It doesn’t seem to matter what the weather is like during

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Today is the day set aside to honour the men and women who have put their lives on the line to keep our country free. All of the privileges that you and I enjoy today and the type of society we live in were paid for with the blood of Canadian men and women who were not afraid to make the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. To this day, the men and

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This first blast of winter is not to my liking. As I sit here doing this commentary, the wind is blowing at 50-60 kilometres an hour and the snowflakes are going straight sideways. We were supposed to preg-check cows today but working with cattle in a wind like this is almost impossible.

Picking a topic this morning was also difficult because

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Monday Morning Commentary is coming at the back end of the day because of a couple of things that I really wanted to do. Early this morning I finally got to go out with an old hunting buddy of mine and shoot some geese. We were only out until noon, had some pretty good luck, bagged a dozen snows and a half a dozen mallards and just enjoyed a

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Last week my commentary was about all of the things that we should be thankful for and there are many things this province is blessed with. Good management in the health care sector seems to be unattainable for some regions in this province.

The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region – for all of the extra money that the government has thrown at it and the

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Happy Thanksgiving Monday to everyone! I hope this weekend and its great weather has provided all of you the opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate all of the things that we are blessed with in this province. This Thanksgiving Monday is a very special one for Joanne and I as this is our wedding anniversary as well. It is

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I’m sure most of you are aware of the news reports by now that shows that the Canada Revenue Agency is going after Cameco Corporation for over $700 million in past taxes because it appears that Cameco had been sheltering sale proceeds in a Swiss subsidiary.

Switzerland is not a uranium mining country but is famous for a banking system which is

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I am sure most of you have heard the reports coming in of an absolutely fantastic crop in most parts of Saskatchewan. This is really remarkable given the very late start that most areas of the province experienced because of last winter. Two crops in particular – canola and durum wheat – seem to be beyond everyone’s expectations. This is good news for

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There has been a great run of harvest weather on the Swenson farm and hopefully we will finish up the wheat today which should catch us up with nothing else ready to go. Many of my neighbours seem to be in the same boat with good yields and good quality - so far so good.

The same can’t be said for the state of education in the province of

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I am sure everyone in Saskatchewan is aware by now of the unfortunate death of little six year old Lee Bonneau on a Saskatchewan First Nation. This tragedy has been well documented and has received media coverage across this country. The reason that I wish to comment on it this morning is that I believe there are some bigger issues which must be

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It’s a bright sunny Labour Day in Saskatchewan this morning. Today we celebrate all the men and women across this province whose labour makes this a great place to live, raise our families and build our communities.

The Riders had a big victory yesterday over the Blue Bombers and on the Swenson farm, the peas and lentils are dry and ready to

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My apologies for sending out Monday Morning Commentary on a Tuesday morning. My other political passion – being a councillor for the RM of Baildon – became very interesting to say the least with the resignation of our Administrator, the Reeve and one of my fellow councillors. There maybe a couple of more councillors leaving in the near future.

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What a pleasure to have wonderful summer weather over an entire weekend! Like many of you, I spent a good part of the weekend on the road going places and it was just a pleasure to drive along and look at the green country side, speculate on the yield of the crops, roll down the window and smell the air.

On Saturday, the PC Party Executive along with

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It looks like summer might finally happen. The forecast is for temperatures in the mid to high twenties for the entire week. Saskatchewan really needs some warmth and sunshine. There is a tremendous crop growing out there but it is going to need some help from Mother Nature to get in the bin in good condition. We started out late this spring, we

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I hope everyone had a good long weekend. The rain held off until last night and so I was able to finally take my new boat out for a couple of days fishing on Lake Diefenbaker. The fishing wasn’t bad but the relaxation out on the water was fantastic.

Speaking of good things, over a year ago in this column you heard me chastising our media-loving

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It’s another cool and cloudy morning in southern Saskatchewan. Where has our traditional warm and sunny July gone to? A lot of crops across this province need some sunshine and heat to make sure a good maturity happens before Jack Frost comes. Hopefully we will get that sunshine this coming week.

Speaking of somebody getting their parade rained

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