Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Same as the old boss
February 09, 2006Premier Lorne Calvert shuffled his cabinet and put new faces in a number of important portfolios. Newly-minted Finance Minister Andrew Thomson has some tough decisions to make in the coming months - especially when it comes to school and business taxes.
Wanted: Honest health care debate
January 26, 2006"Shocking" news came through the airwaves during the election when NDP leader Jack Layton was "outed" for using a private hospital for hernia surgery. Hopefully the rest of us will soon have access to the same excellent treatment he received at the Shouldice Hospital near Toronto. Considering the blind ideology of the Saskatchewan government, don't hold your breath waiting for change.
The clock is ticking on business tax reform
January 12, 2006It has been almost seven weeks since the Business Tax review Committee released its report recommending sweeping business tax reforms and we're still waiting for and implementation plan. In fact, the most we've gotten out of the government is a "maybe."
Maybe is not good enough. Do to a lagging economy, the primary function of our province is increasingly to train the workforce for searing hot economies in Alberta and British Columbia. Saskatchewan deserves better.
Meadow Lake mill files for court protection
December 29, 2005Well, it's official. The Meadow Lake Pulp Mill is the biggest financial disaster in the long history of government boondoggles. It's the cream of the crop. The head honcho of failed government investments. And that's no easy task in Saskatchewan.
Unfortunately, not many taxpayers in Saskatchewan even heard of this development.
Business recommendations are an early Christmas gift
December 15, 2005When the Saskatchewan Business Tax Review Committee released its report in November, it was an early Christmas gift for taxpayers. If implemented, the report's recommendations would move Saskatchewan from having one of the continent's most hostile business environments to having one of its most competitive.
The committee recommends abolishing the corporate capital tax, reducing the corporate income tax rate and cutting taxes on small businesses.
Rural taxpayers unfairly taxed for education
November 30, 2005In last few weeks the number of rural municipalities that are with withholding education tax from local school boards jumped from 17 to 50 despite the threat of legal action from the province. Judging by the number of letters, emails and phone calls to the Canadian Taxpayer's Federation's (CTF) Regina office, the number of protesting rural municipalities could double.
Equalization: The helping hand that holds us down
November 15, 2005The Saskatchewan government is spending $300,000 of our money on an advertising campaign calling for increased welfare handouts from Ontario and Alberta. The campaign includes a web site, television spots and ads in national newspapers calling on people to "raise a flag for a Saskatchewan energy accord."
The taxpayer's throne speech
November 07, 2005Welcome to the second session of the 25th Legislature of the Province of Saskatchewan. Welcome to the first session of Saskatchewan's second century.
Throughout 2005 Saskatchewan residents have enjoyed looking back over our rich 100 year history. Our centennial year provides an opportunity for us to remember our great successes and re-energize to meet future challenges.
School tax problem not unique to Saskatchewan
October 25, 2005Five hundred Pennsylvanians recently crowded the rotunda of their State Legislature in Harrisburg - some adorned with tea bags hanging from their hats - to call for school tax reform. Their aim was to draw attention to something called the Commonwealth Caucus Tax Plan to eliminate school taxes on property by 2009.
To the demonstrators, this was their own version of the Boston Tea Party.
Recent scandals are just the tip of the iceberg
October 18, 2005You know what they say about icebergs - the part that you see poking out of the water is miniscule compared to what's beneath the surface. In recent weeks, a few icebergs have been spotted in Regina's Wascana Lake.
First, there was the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) report on government flight records revealing that many cabinet ministers seem to use government aircraft as personal minivans to ferry themselves back and forth to their riding.