Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Calvert's equalization complaints humiliating
August 24, 2004The Saskatchewan government has made Canada's equalization formula their excuse for all things great and small.
When they break their election promise to provide school tax relief, their excuse is equalization.
When they run consecutive deficit budgets it has nothing to do with them and everything to do with Ottawa and their "punitive" equalization formula. Ditto for their failure to fully fund farm relief programs or other legitimate social programs that don't get them a lot of votes.
Saskatchewan and Alberta worlds apart - and not just because of oil
July 12, 2004It's official. The Alberta government has slain its public debt - and they did it 9 years ahead of schedule. Each and every Albertan owns a stake in this accomplishment by insisting the government get its house in order, despite the hardships resulting from the fiscal reforms of the 1990's. It's a historic day for Albertans, and it provides an opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the lessons learned from the "Alberta Experience."
Province plays games with financial statements
July 05, 2004There is nothing duller than talking about accounting. Sure, for the accountants of the world it's pretty sexy stuff. But, for the average bloke, discussing generally accepted accounting principles is about as fun as watching grass grow. However, few things are more important when trying to understand how our governments spend our tax dollars.
As usual, the people are way ahead of their politicians
June 22, 2004The issue of healthcare once again rears its ugly head in Canadian politics. This week, health care re-claimed its rightful place as the most important issue in the federal election campaign.
It all began with a bizarre warning from Alberta Premier Ralph Klein that he would announce bold and controversial changes to his province's health system that might challenge the Canada Health Act.
A dismal week for the Saskatchewan government
June 15, 2004Only the current government of Saskatchewan could make a bitter, angry school tax rally more bitter and angry.
A few hundred souls braved rain and wind and postponed their seeding to show up at the legislature to protest punishing school taxes. Premier Calvert chose not to address the crowd, choosing instead to send Government Relations Minister Len Taylor into the bear pit.
So much for school tax relief
May 17, 2004There is something pungently rotten about the way Learning Minister Andrew Thomson has handled the school tax issue. First, the repeated assertions by the Minister and other members of cabinet that the school tax problem would be addressed have proven to be false.
Don't like gas prices Blame the government
May 04, 2004It's an annual ritual in Saskatchewan, as predictable as snow melting and leaves budding. Each and every spring we shake off our winter sleepiness and gape in awe at the price of gasoline.
Gas prices tend to spike at this time of year because people in North America start driving more. Gas supplies drop while demand increases, and that dynamic is reflected in the price we pay.
Who's fighting for better health care in Saskatchewan
April 28, 2004Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have more private sector involvement in their health systems than Canada. And, according to the World Health Organization, all of them have better health systems than we do.
Thus dispels the great myth of Canada's public health care. Canada's health system isn't the best in the world, it never has been and it never will be without dramatic reforms.
Ethanol industry grows in Saskatchewan despite government
April 27, 2004Our government is on an amazing losing streak when it comes to their whacky, soviet-style business schemes. The most infamous example is the $28 million dollar failed foray into the potato storage business.
Then of course there was the massive, behind-closed-doors deal with multinational computer conglomerate EDS to centralize and outsource the province's information technology services.