Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Taxpayers deserve answers about GTH deal
October 27, 2016But big questions still loom. Exactly how much money did this mistake cost taxpayers? Who is specifically responsible? And why did the GTH make this deal rather than letting the experienced land-buyers at the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure handle it?
Releasing the First Quarter Update is an Easy Fix for a Silly Mistake
October 11, 2016The Saskatchewan government says it’s withholding its first quarter budget update this year. That’s a mistake. The government has a responsibility to provide transparency.
Farmers worry about the environment, but a Prius can't pull an air seeder
September 12, 2016The climate matters to farmers – a timely rain or an early frost can be the difference between staying afloat or handing the farm over to the bank after a foreclosure. But farmers are worried that carbon taxes will threaten their way of life without protecting the environment.
Referendum the right way to decide SaskTel’s future
September 06, 2016Everyone is talking about the future of SaskTel. It’s not easy, but we can’t be afraid to talk it over. Most importantly, we have to trust Saskatchewanians to make the right decision through a referendum.
Premier Wall right to say no to a carbon tax
August 03, 2016Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is determined to impose a national carbon tax, but Premier Brad Wall is warning him not to force one on Saskatchewan. Premier Wall is right that a carbon tax could cripple a province already struggling with low non-renewable resource prices. But there’s an another important reason to say no to a carbon tax: the best attempt at a carbon tax to date hasn’t worked.
Saskatchewan can get its AAA credit rating back
July 05, 2016Saskatchewan has lost its AAA credit rating, according to the Standard and Poor’s bond rating agency. Saskatchewan’s economy is strong so there’s no need for panic, but this is sad news. A little more than two decades ago, Saskatchewan’s credit rating was on the junk heap. It took years of hard work to get our marks back to the top of the class. Now we’ve slipped, but if we take action now, we can turn it around.
The liquor debate in Saskatchewan is over
April 13, 2016People don’t need the government’s help to buy or sell a beer. That statement is so obvious it seems strange that it’s been a point of contention for so long, but as of April 4, 2016, that debate is officially over: Saskatchewanians are absolutely fine with privatizing the provincial liquor system.
This election is an auctioneer's nightmare
March 31, 2016Elections often feel like auction sales. Votes are up for grabs. Politicians are frantically bidding on every ballot. Then, after all of the promises are added up, the bill goes back to the taxpayers. But that’s not how things work in Saskatchewan. Not this time. Not in this election. This campaign is an auctioneer’s nightmare. Both the NDP and Saskatchewan Party clearly know Saskatchewanians want them to keep a lid on spending.