Provincial government lays out plans for coming session

The government has highlighted investments in new schools and health facilities

Provincial government lays out plans for coming sessionKenneth Brown of The Crossroads The third session of Saskatchewan’s 28th Legislative Assembly is underway, and a pair of elected officials have shared their thoughts on the new session. The fall session kicked off on Oct. 24 with the reading of the 2018 Speech from the Throne. The Throne Speech was delivered by the Honourable…

Sask. Party not winning on rural population growth

Growth in the province is centred on Saskatoon and Regina. But the government has maintained the rural seat count

Sask. Party not winning on rural population growthThere are ample reasons why rural Saskatchewan will overwhelmingly support the Saskatchewan Party when the next election rolls around in 2020. Sometimes voting patterns can be a matter of habit. Politicians are aware of this and it becomes the old adage in sales that it is far less expensive to maintain an old customer than…

New premier’s direction still unclear

Moe says people tell him the price of a barrel of oil shouldn’t dictate the number of nurses or dollars spent on education

New premier’s direction still unclearThe last nine months have turned into a long journey for Premier Scott Moe. The question now is: Where does he go from here? Perhaps he doesn’t have to go too far. Prior to entering the legislature this spring for the first time as premier, Moe was gifted with three rural byelection wins in Melfort,…

GTH reveals worst in old Sask. Party government

So many unanswered questions about the Global Transportation Hub

GTH reveals worst in old Sask. Party governmentThe problem with old governments is they don’t take criticism as seriously as they should. This may seem an odd observation from someone who has also observed in this space that governments – even those facing no serious threat of losing power – can be exceedingly sensitive to criticism. But the two notions aren’t as…

Sask. Party’s shaky relationship with teachers

Government must recognize that how teachers are compensated affects students and their parents

Sask. Party’s shaky relationship with teachersIn Saskatchewan politics, some stakeholder groups have always been more closely aligned with some political parties than others. For example, it’s no secret that the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Chambers of Commerce are philosophically linked to the Saskatchewan Party. The same can be said for various free-market-oriented agricultural producer groups, and oil…

Ryan Meili has a tough job ahead of him

Opposition leader must build caucus consensus while supporting a higher minimum wage and the carbon tax

Ryan Meili has a tough job ahead of himIt would seem counter-intuitive, but the job of Opposition leader in Saskatchewan may now be a lot harder than the job of premier. That shouldn’t make any sense because the premier bears responsibility for tough spending decisions. Oppositions can’t even propose spending bills in the legislature. And the burden of being premier is much more…

Urban-rural splits become more evident

NDP and Sask. Party seem to be dividing up the province along traditional lines

Urban-rural splits become more evidentThere are now two Saskatchewan Party MLAs in the legislature especially awaiting the federal election in 2019. First, former Speaker and Saskatoon Eastview MLA Corey Tochor upset incumbent MP Brad Trost to win the Saskatoon University Conservative nomination. More recently, Regina Walsh Acres MLA Warren Steinley took the Conservative nomination in Regina Lewvan. We will…

We all fared better in the 2018-19 budget

There is a real-life problem with rural crime and the government stepped up

We all fared better in the 2018-19 budgetWe all fared better in the 2018-19 budget compared with a year ago. And notwithstanding that this is still very much an austerity budget, rural Saskatchewan especially fared better. Consider that the Saskatchewan Party government found an extra $14 million for RCMP policing plus an extra $5 million for rural crime strategy. If we are…

Government needs more options on carbon tax

The problem has been hyper-partisanship with little or no acknowledgement of other issues that may be in play

Government needs more options on carbon taxThis is in no way an endorsement of the federal Liberal government’s carbon tax. It’s somewhat reminiscent of the debate more than a decade ago over the demise of the Canadian Wheat Board. Similarly, the then Jean Chretien-Paul Martin federal Liberal government failed to absorb just how much of an effect it was having on…
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