Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Balancing the budget is good, but the debt needs to go down
March 26, 2019The Saskatchewan government has kept its first promise to taxpayers by balancing its operational budget. But the province’s finances aren’t fixed yet. Saskatchewan needs a plan to start paying down the debt to keep its next promise.
Provincial neighbours show the way to a better Saskatchewan education system
January 24, 2019If Saskatchewan looks at its neighbours, there are opportunities for us to strengthen our education system while shrinking the bill we’re leaving to our kids to pay for it.
Balanced budget plan based on more money from taxpayers
December 13, 2018The Saskatchewan government has more money and it’s spending more money, but the story goes deeper than the picture presented by the latest mid-year budget update.
Harpauer delivers early returns on hard work
July 27, 2018Here’s an important number the Finance Minister Donna Harpauer didn’t highlight in the final accounting for last year’s budget: Saskatchewan will save about $15 million on interest charges each and every year because the operational deficit got smaller.
Better is possible with equalization
June 26, 2018For decades, half of the country has loudly grumbled about Ottawa’s equalization scheme while the other half has remained diligently silent and neither side has done anything. But Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is changing that with a proposal to reform the program.
First Nation activist shines a light in places prime ministers couldn’t illuminate
June 08, 2018Charmaine Stick accomplished something Stephen Harper couldn’t get done and Justin Trudeau didn’t even try to do: she disclosed her chief’s salary.
Saskatchewan delivers shaky budget while searching for a strategy
April 24, 2018The provincial tax bill is going up by $62 for a family with an income of $75,000. That’s on top of last year’s $442 tax hike. So, over two years, the average family’s tax bill is up $504.
Moe proves he’s listening by taking the PST off many insurance premiums
March 02, 2018The government’s decision to take PST charges off life, health and agricultural insurance, will save Saskatchewan taxpayers $65 million this year and $120 million per year thereafter. The province is even refunding PST charges on those premiums collected so far.
Is Goodale’s carbon tax commitment remarkable clarity or a lie in the making?
February 06, 2018There are fleeting moments when nature brings forth rare wonders: a blazing comet, an albino bison, and, most wonderous of all, a politician providing clarity.