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I thought it appropriate that I delay Monday Morning Commentary until after the Federal Cabinet shuffle just in case there was something in that shuffle that would have significance for Saskatchewan.

After looking over the lists and pondering the new appointments and the shuffling of the existing deck, I really can’t see anything that will affect

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A week ago Saskatchewan had another horrific death toll on our highways. For a province of our size to have a half a dozen fatalities in one weekend is appalling. One of the highways where this seems to be a reoccurring event is Highways #6 and #39 from Regina to the US border at Portal. The advent of a booming oil patch along this major

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It’s hard to believe that today is July 2nd already. It seems winter just ended and yet our days are already starting to get shorter. Like most people in Saskatchewan, I just crave sunshine and being outdoors with good weather. I guess we will just have to cram in as much sunshine as possible in this incredibly short summer of ours.

Speaking of

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As my short note on Monday indicated, I once again had the opportunity to attend the Farming for Profit conference hosted by Ag Economist Andy Schmitz. Andy is a guy from Central Butte, Saskatchewan who attended the University of Saskatchewan getting his various agriculture and economic degrees along the way.

During my government years, Andy was

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As most of you are aware, I have been trying to get some minor knee surgery done for sometime and after a few false starts I got in last Thursday for the procedure and everything seems to be going well. Last week, my 88 year old Mother fell on a wet floor and broke the femur in her right leg. She has had a successful surgery and seems to be

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I was in getting some repairs at a local farm equipment dealership on Friday morning and was surprised to hear from the group of farmers standing around that some of them were calling for moisture. It is incredible how in Saskatchewan we go from massive amounts of snow, spring flooding and by the end of the first week in June, we are looking for

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Some times it is difficult when doing a commentary like this to separate your personal views from your responsibilities as Leader of a political party. I am sure the same can be said for individuals in my shoes across the political spectrum. You definitely have a responsibility to the members of your party to represent them in the best way

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Another week has gone by and it has gone quickly. It is always that way when you are up against deadlines and that is certainly the case this year with spring seeding having a late start. The other thing that you get to do with the long hours is to listen to innumerable news reports and talk shows on the tractor radio.

It appears some things

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This is the weekend that we normally target to be finished seeding by. This year, I am just starting so the days are long and the nights are short and so will my comments be this morning.

Congratulations to re-elected Premier Christy Clark in British Columbia. Ms Clark confounded the pollsters, the media, pundants and her political opponents to

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It looks like Saskatchewan’s annual mega-project is finally underway. Spring seeding in my area started during the past week and is now really starting to gear up. As of this morning, I still don’t have anything in the ground but I am hoping this week to finally start planting some of my crops so that I have a chance to get back all of the money

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It is supposed to hit +25C today here in Moose Jaw. What a welcome change! I wish I had the time to just go outside, sit in a chair, read a book and enjoy soaking up the rays that have been missing for the past 6½ months. That probably won’t happen because today is May 6th and normally I would have been in the field a couple of weeks ago. There is

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Spring came in a big rush to the Swenson farm in the Rural Municipality of Baildon last Thursday. Our RM Council cut our first road around midnight last Thursday to save the yard and home of a ratepayer and we have been doing it every day since then.

It is a good thing that we had a very slow melt for over a week before things really got going.

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The number one question on everyone’s mind in Saskatchewan is ……will winter never end? Joanne and I drove to Regina on Saturday and once again, #1 highway was covered with blowing snow and ice and we had to follow a snowplough for most of the trip. Someone said that if we make it to the 23rd (which is tomorrow), most of Saskatchewan will have

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It appears that the readers of this commentary are stuck with me for at least another year as I have been reconfirmed as Leader of the PC Party of Saskatchewan by the PC Party membership at this past weekend’s Annual General Meeting. Under the PC Party of Saskatchewan’s constitution, Leaders face an automatic review vote after every election. It is a

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When Joanne and I checked the cows at 6:30 AM this morning, it was -18 and still looked like a winter wonderland. There was a lone meadowlark sitting on the wind fence all huddled up and I am sure wondering where he took a wrong turn. Saskatchewan in April is supposed to be about crocuses, singing meadowlarks and gophers looking for new grass.

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I hope the Easter Bunny was good to everyone especially the children and grandchildren and yes I know that we aren’t supposed to give them too much chocolate these days, but what the heck, what are grandparents for? This is also a time when the Christian community has much to celebrate and it is a time for families to worship together and often

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Hopefully this last week of snow and wind is our final test for the winter of 2012/13. I have asked myself many times about the wisdom of running for RM Council and then having the worst winter since 1973/74. Like many rural areas of the province, I am not sure if we would have the ability to dig out from another storm like that. The cuts on our

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I just about did this commentary last Thursday afternoon but after a sober second thought, I realized that you shouldn’t do political commentary or discuss health matters in Saskatchewan when you are angry and afraid of using extremely bad language.

I have now joined the ranks of thousands of other Saskatchewan citizens who have made all of the

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The Saskatchewan Legislature reconvenes today. The PC Party of Saskatchewan will try to do its upmost to help hold this Sask Party government accountable and provide meaningful alternatives to many of its policies. I look forward to feedback from people that view and listen to this commentary.

I would also like to invite all of you to attend the

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Mother Nature is smiling on Saskatchewan once again. You can actually go for a walk outside without fear of freezing exposed flesh. Let’s all hope Mother Nature takes her time in melting all of this snow. Our area of this province is showing 150% of normal snow pack and areas to the east of us are showing up to 200%. There were many difficult

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