Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Potential premiers must reconsider PST on insurance
September 19, 2017The Saskatchewan Party government started charging PST on insurance premiums this summer. It’s costing many families hundreds of dollars per year. It’s costing many businesses thousands. It’s costing some farmers tens of thousands of dollars.
It’s wrong to impose the PST on insurance premiums
June 06, 2017Premier Brad Wall is planning to charge the PST on insurance premiums. That will punish Saskatchewan families and businesses for taking responsibility to prepare for tough times. The premier has always said he’ll acknowledge mistakes and reverse them. This is a huge mistake.
Closing STC is hard, but there are better ways to care for communities
May 04, 2017People have their hearts in the right place when they share concerns about closing Saskatchewan’s Crown bus company, but we need to make sure our desire to help doesn’t do more harm than good.
If we’re praying for another boom, we better be prepared
March 02, 2017It may seem strange to call for a savings plan while Saskatchewan is struggling with a deficit. However, under this plan, the low commodity prices are unlikely to hit the $1.5-billion trigger in the immediate future. More importantly, implementing these recommendations will ensure there’s a plan in place if we’re blessed with another boom.
The NDP must find its way on carbon taxes
February 14, 2017Saskatchewanians across the political spectrum are worried a carbon tax will make it harder for them to drive to work and heat their homes, but won’t actually the environment. If both sides of the Legislature unite in the fight against carbon taxes, it will send a strong message to Ottawa. The NDP must chart the correct course on carbon taxes to find its way out of the wilderness.
Spending can't go up when revenues go down
November 29, 2016Saskatchewan’s operational deficit is now more than a billion dollars, according to the province’s mid-year fiscal update. Diving that deeply into debt is a serious threat to the province’s financial health. It’s time to make tough decisions.