Saskatchewan - Commentaries
Mission Impossible: Slaying a Deficit while Increasing Spending
March 08, 2016Saskatchewan is attempting something that many have tried and few, if any, have accomplished: slaying a deficit while increasing spending.
Governments that increase spending need to be ready to trim too
February 16, 2016Governments routinely increase spending by a percentage point or two. Shouldn’t they be able to trim a little when necessary? The Saskatchewan government is projecting operational deficits this year and next year before getting back to balance. But time and again we see deficits get bigger and last longer than promised. Alberta and Manitoba are both running deficits that they once called modest and temporary and years later their debts have soared by billions. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promised deficits of less than $10 billion, but that commitment is crumbling as borrowing projections are skyrocketing.
“Mightily suffering” have-provinces need to reform Equalization
February 01, 2016Taxpayers in Alberta and Saskatchewan will be paying more into equalization this year, but despite their struggling economies, they won’t be receiving a dime back.
Premier Selinger tries to repackage tax hikes
December 28, 2015Premier Greg Selinger wants to raise taxes. Yes, and in other breaking news, the sky is blue and the grass is green. But don’t stop reading. He’s trying to repackage his next tax hike to sneak it past voters. Look closely because it’s important to read the warnings.
Saskatchewan wisely puts the brakes on spending
December 28, 2015There’s a lot in life we can’t control, but we can choose how to react to circumstance. The three Prairie provinces are struggling with an unpredictable economy and plunging oil prices. However, Saskatchewan’s response is very different from those of its neighbours.
Sask takes the biggest step forward on liquor rules since Prohibition
November 23, 2015Right now government rules force liquor retailers to do things such as sell warm beer and charge inflated prices. That's all going to change. The Saskatchewan government plans to implement recommendations from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation to make the biggest step forward on liquor rules since the repeal of Prohibition.