Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exports

Ottawa ignores the evidence with Bill C-48, which will make it more difficult to ship oil and byproducts to lucrative Asian markets

Ottawa lays another brick in the wall to stop Alberta oil exportsAs virtually everyone knows by now, the federal government decided to address Canada’s inability to get pipelines built from Alberta to tidewater the old fashioned way. It nationalized the last viable pipeline project, the twinning of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, and paid $4.5 billion for the existing pipeline. With that purchase, we have…

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with reality

B.C. still exports coal because to do otherwise would be to kill jobs in the province. The contrast with its pipeline stance is startling

Trans Mountain opponents out of touch with realityMany opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion justify their opposition by citing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, but this raises some important questions. What about coal? Vancouver is North America's largest exporter of coal, one-third of it thermal coal for generating electricity. Vancouver exports U.S. coal because Oregon and Washington have stopped…

Indigenous rights are not absolute

Public policy discourse needs to move away from where Indigenous issues are paramount to where they’re one set among many

Indigenous rights are not absoluteIndigenous people too often seem to think that their rights are absolute or act as if their rights trump everything else. This attitude was seen clearly in a reaction from the Saskatchewan-based Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) after the Saskatchewan government changed the policy regarding when people can hunt on summer pasture lands. All…

Ontarians must consider real health-care reform

All three major parties promise massive new spending as the provincial election nears. Better they look to Saskatchewan for ideas

Ontarians must consider real health-care reformBy Jason Clemens and Niels Veldhuis The Fraser Institute Ontarians are less than two weeks away from choosing their next provincial government and polls suggest voters are looking for change, with both the Progressive Conservatives and the New Democrats leading the governing Liberals. Unfortunately, none of the three major party platforms include genuine health-care reform,…

Fire bans being enacted across the province

Bans issued in all provincial parks south of the Churchill River and municipalities across the province

Fire bans being enacted across the provinceCrossroads Staff The Saskatchewan government is putting fire bans in place at its provincial parks, and municipalities are also enacting fire bans due to the dry conditions. There is minimal precipitation in the forecast for the next several days, according to weather reports on Wednesday. The province has issued fire bans in all provincial parks…

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad Wall

Former Saskatchewan premier says government needs to send a strong signal that it intends to be competitive

Policy risk chases away investment: Brad WallFormer Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall recently joined Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP as a special adviser to the firm and its clients. He is based in the firm’s Calgary office. Wall spoke with our Associate website Calgary's Business about politics and the economy. Calgary's Business: Why did you decide to choose this new position and what do you see are your…

Stakeholders comment on provincial budget

The roughly $14.6-million budget has a deficit of more than $365 million, down from the $685-million deficit in 2017-18

Stakeholders comment on provincial budgetKenneth Brown of The Crossroads It has been two weeks since the Saskatchewan government released its provincial budget, and various stakeholders have shared their views of the document. The province’s finance minister, Donna Harpauer, announced the 2018-19 budget in Regina on April 10. The roughly $14.6 million budget has a deficit of more than $365…

Prairie proud with love and support

Tragedy has brought out the purest and best in the people of Saskatchewan and in Canadians

Prairie proud with love and supportJerry Seinfeld said, “You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.” Will Rogers said, “When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of algebra.” Human nature appears to have young people aspiring to be…

Budget aims to keep province on track

Plan invests $924 million in highways and infrastructure, $376 million in agriculture, $725 million in advanced education

Budget aims to keep province on trackKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The Saskatchewan government has announced its 2018-19 budget, and the province’s finance minister says it helps to keep the province on track. Donna Harpauer, the province’s finance minister, announced it at the legislature in Regina on April 10. It is the first budget tabled under Premier Scott Moe. Harpauer said…

Record health budget announced

Funding will provide improved access to mental health, palliative care and community-based primary health care services

Record health budget announcedKenneth Brown of The Crossroads A record health budget has been announced as part of the 2018-19 provincial budget. Health spending accounts for roughly 37 per cent of the total budget. Finance Minster Donna Harpauer announced the province’s 2018-19 budget in Regina on April 10. A record health budget of $5.36 billion was announced as…