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Now we know why Mr. Wall turned his backbenchers loose on the Provincial Auditor. The third quarter financial statements were released on Friday showing that the government is out by at least $600 million on their projections and that there is probably more bad news to come whenever they find the courage to tell us. As you know, our Auditor has

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I began last week’s commentary with some words about how you can tell when a government is on its downward spiral. It has to do with arrogance and listening to your own propaganda.

This past week we have seen the Premier telling SUMA delegates that they must be prepared to tighten their belts and that much-needed infrastructure will be put on

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You can always tell when a government is getting arrogant and beginning to worry more about their own political hides when they start to lash out at anyone that has the audacity to criticise that government’s actions.

Such is the case this past week with the disrespectful language and attitude of the members of the Sask Party who sit on the

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I think everyone is aware that the Saskatchewan livestock industry has had more than its share of challenges in the last 10 years. Those challenges have included the BSE crisis in cattle, Country of Origin labelling laws in the United States which affected both hogs and cattle and the high price of feed grains which has been primarily driven by

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This past week, you’ve seen our very media-savy Premier and his very media-savy backroom boys and girls pulling the wool over the eyes of Saskatchewan’s voters with his letter to the newly re0-elected President of the United States. You may rightly ask the question “What in the world is Swenson talking about this morning?” What I am talking about is

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Another week gone by and another foot of snow or that is what it seems like. It might be a bit of an exaggeration but the politician in me does come out once in a while when I am talking about things that cause me great discontent.

Speaking of a winter of discontent, there is a subject that seems to crop up with people no matter where I run into

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Welcome to 2013 and to full-blown winter. I hope everyone had a great holiday season with family and friends. There are parts of Saskatchewan that have already set records or near-records for the amount of snow fall that we have received this winter. It certainly brings back memories for many of us of winters gone by where it seemed all we did

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I hope that Santa was good to all of you and I am sure everyone did their best to decimate the turkey population. I know we did at the Swenson household – eating far more than a person should for good health. And for those of you that were brave enough to go out and stand in line for the Boxing Day specials, I hope you got what didn’t come under the

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Like many other frustrated cattle people, Joanne and I made the difficult decision to sell a large part of our cow herd on November 27, 2010. It will certainly change the way that our farming operation functions as a viable business. We have replaced those cows with more farm land for the next few years. After a very difficult year and harvest, it was

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It’s the Monday morning after another Grey Cup loss. I was like everyone else in the province who was absolutely convinced our beloved Riders would prevail this time. Unfortunately, it was not to be. If you listened to our Sask Party Premier, the Riders won in 2007 because the government changed. Maybe it’s time we change the government again so that

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Go Riders Go! Like most everyone else in Saskatchewan, we were glued to the tv set yesterday afternoon with friends to watch the Riders pull out a great upset victory against the Stampeders. I wish I was as tough as some of those guys that were out there with bare arms in a wind chill of -30. Hopefully the weather will be better in Edmonton for

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Today is a good day for two reasons. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to join my oldest son at Mosaic Stadium along with 30,000 other folks to watch the Roughriders win in double overtime and go on to the Western Final against Calgary next weekend. Football is meant to be played outdoors. We were all bundled up but the atmosphere was great, the

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You will all have to bear with me one more time but as a former Minister of Energy and Mines who lived with potash for 2 years, I must make a few final comments before giving this one a rest for a while. It now appears as of Wednesday, that we have a strategic resource called “potash”. So now that we have this strategic resource, what are we

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Yesterday was an unusually busy Sunday on the Swenson farm as we sorted, loaded and shipped away 72 of our spring calves which will be sold this coming Tuesday in Moose Jaw. Like all other cattle people in Saskatchewan, we are hoping for better prices this year to get us back to where we were before BSE hit in 2003. It has been a hard 7 years for

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The great potash debate has certainly been ratcheted up a few notches with the Sask Party Premier’s address to the Regina Chamber of Commerce last Thursday. With all of the passion and indignation that he could muster, Mr. Wall now has wrapped himself in the Saskatchewan and Canadian flags and has taken a business transaction between two potash

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Everyone in Saskatchewan is aware that the Sask Party coasted to an easy victory in Saskatoon Northwest. It was one of the quietest by-election events that I have ever been around. It was as if all of the main players wanted the whole thing to slip by without anyone noticing. I want to congratulate Manny Sonnenschein, the Progressive Conservative

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying this day with family and loved ones by your side. They say the average Canadian eats 9.4 pounds of turkey each year. I am going to try and look after my portion at supper tonight. Although we are not quite finished combining, all of us that are in agriculture have to give thanks for the past two weeks of

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Finally Mother Nature has smiled and on the Swenson farm, we were able to start combining Saturday afternoon. I started on some peas which were touch-and-go with mud pushing out in front of the flex header but we were able to finish one field and move onto some lentils which are long overdue. My fondest wish is that people all over this great

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Friday night in Saskatchewan was a good news/bad news night. First the good news – the Riders finally got the monkey off of their backs by beating Calgary in overtime and scoring lots of points while doing it. The bad news actually came later that night/Saturday morning when most of the province experienced a very hard frost. The agricultural

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It’s another rainy day in southern Saskatchewan. We have received over 1½ inches in the last week. The fields are once again very soft and soggy and if this week stays as wet as they are forecasting, it will take a week of very good weather to be able to even drive in them. I’m sure the same scenario seems to being played out all over

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