Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Tax exemption not from treaties
November 05, 2009
There’s a well perpetuated myth that those treaties dictate that reserve land is free from taxation. This is not the truth. Legislation, passed by Parliament is the only thing maintaining the tax-free status, and the will of our politicians is the only thing that would be needed to change it.
Another prescription for a sick health system
October 30, 2009
The test results are in and the patient is sick. Unfortunately for Saskatchewan taxpayers, the patient is Saskatchewan’s medical system. In the words of Tony Dagnone, the man who headed the province’s Patient First Review, the system is good but not good enough.
What Can The Government Tell?
September 21, 2009
“Democratic progress requires the ready
availability of true and complete information,” Prime Minister
Pierre Elliott Trudeau once said. “In this way people can objectively evaluate
their government's policy.
MLA Departures Ding Taxpayers Again
September 11, 2009
Democracy is never cheap, but it could be cheaper—at least when it comes to by-elections and MLA severance. Thanks to a change in NDP leadership, Saskatchewan is seeing its second and third by-elections since the Sask Party took power less than two years ago. The only sure thing is that taxpayers will pay dearly for it, both through election costs and severance pay for departing MLAs.
Last Year is History
August 28, 2009
What a difference a year makes. A provincial treasury with windfall revenues in fiscal 2008 is in near-freefall in 2009. Low potash revenue forced finance officials to dip into reserve funds and do some creative accounting to bridge a billion-dollar budget shortfall.
August 10, 2009
As Canada’s premiers met in Regina for the annual Council of the Federation, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty was at it again. He took another opportunity to urge the provinces to harmonize their own sales tax with the GST. Now that Ontario and B.C.
July 31, 2009
So far the provincial government’s sales pitch for a new dome in Regina has sounded too good to be true. And it is. A number of the “benefits” currently being touted by the provincial government deserve closer examination so that taxpayers know the full story.
Tax Proposal a Perfect Ten
July 03, 2009
Enterprise Saskatchewan wants to boldly go where this province has never gone before. The idea is simple: tax personal and business income at ten per cent, regardless of how much income is earned.
The concept of a low and single rate of taxation has been gaining speed over the past few decades. Most recently, former Soviet states adopted single rates of tax, also known as flat taxes. Estonia led the way with a 20 per cent tax in 1994. Roughly 20 nations have followed in the years since.
Stadium Deserves Democracy and Disclosure
June 17, 2009
Recently, on a radio show, Regina City Councillor Jocelyn Hutchinson said a new domed stadium for the Roughriders “will be a great link between downtown and the entertainment district” as if it were a done deal. This was "will" not "if." It seems a new stadium--with a potential cost of $350 million--could be in surprisingly advanced stages with taxpayers left in the dark.