Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Severe budget hangover for private liquor stores
April 21, 2004There is deservedly a lot of talk in our province about how hostile our government is to private business, and the most recent budget helped reinforce this widely-held position.
Among the many victims of the budget are our private liquor operators. Not only were their costs increased by the hike in the PST and the liquor tax hike, they also had the foundation upon which their businesses are based pulled out from underneath them.
Saskatchewan needs recall law
April 06, 2004Every so often elected governments commit egregious offences against democracy and the very people who elect them. The 2004 Saskatchewan budget is one of those times.
Times like these precisely illustrate the need for recall legislation. We must have the right to fire our politicians for gross mismanagement of public funds and for lying to voters.
As it stands, we don't have that right.
Time to look at health care options
March 14, 2004Our politicians are afraid to say it. Organized labour pretends the problem doesn't exist. Our waiting times for necessary health services are getting longer.
Government spending on health is skyrocketing and there is no end in sight. Health spending currently eats up 41 cents on each tax dollar collected. In the last decade, health spending has increased by an astounding 65 per cent. At the current rate in Saskatchewan, it's inevitable that half of our tax dollars will go in to the bottomless pit of healthcare.
New Manitoba legislation paves the way for fuel tax reform
March 10, 2004The Manitoba government announced plans to implement new legislation that could finally usher in a taxpayer-friendly approach to how our gas tax dollars are spent. It's a model that Saskatchewan needs to adopt if we truly want to address our festering problem of municipal infrastructure deficits.
Sasktel, what are you thinking
February 18, 2004On December 2, 2003 Sasktel announced the merger of one of their many pet project companies (which has never made money) with another money losing company. Tappedinto, an internet streaming video provider, merged with another little-known company called Streamlogic.
Information obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation through Freedom of Information reveals it cost taxpayers $717,518 to make the merger happen.
If we could turn back time-
January 28, 2004It's often said that "hindsight is 20/20." The old expression means it's easy to be critical when events have already happened. It helps us absolve ourselves of past mistakes, and continue working toward new solutions. When looking at Saskatchewan's current fiscal problem, is hindsight 20/20, or were the implications of the decisions made just five years ago blatantly predictable
Saskatchewan's financial scandal
January 05, 2004Parmalat Chief Financial Officer Fausto Tauna is sitting in an Italian jail cell awaiting his fate while investigators probe one of the biggest financial scandals in European history. Meanwhile, officials scramble to keep the one of the world's largest dairy companies and its thousands of employees working.
Parmalat executives are paying the price for an allegedly fraudulent scheme wherein they obtained loans secured against an imaginary $5 billion dollar bank account held by American Cities Bank.
Top 10 most needed changes in 2004
December 17, 2003Alright, we know it's Christmas and it's a time for family, fun and celebration. But who says it can't be fun to complain about the government during the holidays Sometimes it's healthy to vent frustrations over the Christmas season in a bid to dispel negative vibes and foster a renewed energy for change in the new year.
We just couldn't resist jotting a few of the most annoying government-created problems.
Number 10: The Crown Scare
Is Calvert paying attention to Paul Martin
December 16, 2003It has been said that smart people learn from their mistakes, but really smart people learn from other people's mistakes. The same can be said about learning from others' successes.
Paul Martin recently announced a series of measures aimed at cutting government spending - including a nation-wide hiring freeze, a program spending review and a freeze on discretionary spending. Martin's goal is to prevent Canada's budget from slipping into a deficit position in order to meet promises for more health spending and a cut in business taxes.