Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Ironically, race inequality fosters some innovation
January 05, 2005The politics of race are a Canadian scourge that should be forever abolished. Our paternalistic aboriginal policies turn Indians into second-class citizens and forbid them from owning their own homes on reserves.
Across Canada, Indians live under corrupt and often repressive band regimes that spend tax money with reckless abandon, ensuring lavish lifestyles for Indian politicians while common band members languish in third world conditions.
Holiday cheer for Regina taxpayers, lump of coal for Saskatoon
December 21, 2004Survey says: School taxes not just a farm problem, Sask property taxes among the highest in Canada
REGINA: The latest property taxes and utility charges survey produced by the City of Edmonton Planning and Development Department shows Saskatchewan's two biggest cities pay among the highest property taxes in Canada - largely due to school taxes.
SIGA audit an unwanted Christmas tradition
December 14, 2004It has become an annual Christmas-time tradition that taxpayers would rather do without. For years, around this time of year, Provincial Auditor Fred Wendel has released the final volume of his report on the province's finances that, without exception, outline more waste and mismanagement at the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA).
Doubt lingers around school board amalgamation
December 01, 2004Recent events at the Davidson school division shed light on potential problems that may crop up as we move toward school board amalgamation. These events show why we need to be vigilant to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, and that our elected school board trustees remain accountable to local taxpayers.
Adopt a new Saskatchewan attitude by privatizing liquor stores
November 22, 2004To many in Saskatchewan, "privatization" is a dirty word. For our province, it is a word that can win or lose elections. Politicians and organizations avoid using this word to side-step the emotional reaction it stirs, choosing instead to describe initiatives aimed at relinquishing state control of assets or operations as "public private partnerships" or "monetization."
Sometimes "positive thinking" isn't enough
November 08, 2004A lot has been said over the years about the power of positive thinking. It is often said that how we choose to view the world determines our success or failure, and there can be no argument here.
If we walk around talking about how bad our lot in life is without ever actually doing anything about it, we're doomed to failure. It's an axiom that is tried tested and true. But just how well does this axiom apply to the Saskatchewan economy How much of our dismal economic performance over the last half century can we attribute to our collective lack of self esteem
Some encouraging news from Calvert
October 12, 2004The Saskatchewan government recently got some very good news. The province will be receiving a substantial $340 million one-time equalization payment.
And this situation poses one heck of a question for the province: What to do with this "found" money It needn't be said that a lot of people have a lot of ideas.
Saskatchewan and BC farther apart than you think
October 04, 2004If you looked west three years ago - past Alberta - you'd see a mirror-image of Saskatchewan. In 2004, that is no longer the case.
Until 2003, British Columbia had suffered six straight years of provincial out-migration. Their provincial government ran eight consecutive deficits, while continually denying they were in a deficit position. In 2000 and 2001 the BC NDP claimed to have balanced budgets, but these were temporary blips resulting from the sale of electricity during the Californian electricity crisis.
Politicians won't tell it like it is
September 14, 2004Time and again situations arise in Saskatchewan and across Canada that show how essential organizations like the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) are in a democratic society. The most recent report from Saskatchewan Provincial Auditor Fred Wendel is a case in point.
Organizations like the CTF are vital when our elected politicians fail it tell it like it is.