Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed

How the Saskatchewan government’s predatory lending practices doomed the Meadow Lake pulp mill

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomedSaskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed from the beginning. The repercussions are still being felt, according to a new research paper. It’s been decades since the government of Grant Devine (he was premier from 1982 to 1991) was in power in Saskatchewan. But traces of the Conservative premier’s economic decisions remain. The Meadow Lake…

Wanted: A global energy sector leader

Assume that Canada was sent a job posting by a headhunter. It sought applicants for the world’s top oil and gas jurisdiction

Wanted: A global energy sector leaderHere’s a project for my energy and social media colleagues. Let’s build a tool for Canadians to understand how important the oil and gas sector is to this country – and will be for decades. We can pass it on to Canadian politicians who need to upgrade their energy-related knowledge. Assume that Canada was sent…

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?

Saskatchewan's new education minister wants a back-to-basics approach to math instruction that would give students much-needed skills

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?After enduring years of fuzzy math, Saskatchewan parents may finally have cause for hope. Not only did the provincial government’s latest throne speech acknowledge that Saskatchewan students have the worst math skills in the country, it pledged to address the problem with a “common-sense” plan that focuses on the basics. That’s good news for parents…

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportions

The Liberal's Great Supercluster Screw-up just another drain on Canadian taxpayers

Ottawa’s Supercluster initiative a mess of monumental proportionsGovernments always want to look like they’re implementing good ideas and accomplishing important things. Take the Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI) for example. The federal government plans to throw almost a billion tax dollars at non-profit groups to create jobs and help Canadian companies dominate the world. As crazy as it sounds, that’s the ostensible reason…

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalization

Options for reform are severely limited so long as a rule requiring program costs to escalate every year remains

Alberta still loses if resource revenue removed from equalizationBy Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, recently called for reform to Canada’s equalization program. Specifically, he suggested a referendum in Alberta to force the federal government to consider removing non-renewable resource revenue (in Alberta’s case, mostly revenue from oil) from calculations…

Another Trudeau turns on Western Canada

Justin risks a similar fate to his father's if he also allows the radical wing of his party to undermine the economy

Another Trudeau turns on Western CanadaThe 2015 federal election campaign may be fading from our memory but we can't forget that in that pivotal campaign the Liberals painted a balanced and attractive picture of Canada's future. Led by the unproven but photogenic Justin Trudeau, the Liberals promised to be more aggressive in protecting the environment and advancing the interests of…

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and Blakeney

How a deep trust and enduring friendship helped craft Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and ensure lasting provincial autonomy

The political ties that bind: Lougheed and BlakeneyBy John von Heyking and Thomas Kazakoff University of Lethbridge The relationship between Peter Lougheed and Allen Blakeney demonstrated how consistent trust for one another over a decade’s political enterprise became the foundation for a political friendship, and helped forge Canada as we know it. In his essay Reflections on the Kitchen Accord (2012), former…

Should equalization really grow forever?

A rule requiring payments to grow – no matter what the circumstances – can only exacerbate regional friction

Should equalization really grow forever?By Ben Eisen and Joel Emes The Fraser Institute The relative economic strength of Canada’s provinces has shifted in recent years, as former powerhouses struggle while former laggards improve. The nation’s equalization program is not equipped to respond fairly to these developments. In the past two fiscal years, Quebec has collected more revenue from natural resources…

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announces retirement

Boyd a driving force behind the formation of the Saskatchewan Party

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announces retirementClarion staff Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from public life and resigning his seat, effective Sept. 1. “When Premier (Brad) Wall announced his retirement, he talked about renewal within the Saskatchewan Party,” Boyd said. “I have been the MLA for Kindersley for a long time, so my retirement and…

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacy

His populist conservative instincts broke new ground in Saskatchewan, making him one of the greatest premiers this nation has known

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacySaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced he will retire from politics. It will be a huge loss for his province, country and the Canadian conservative movement. Some critics argue that Wall’s political legacy is more fiction than fact. They claim he simply had the good fortune to govern when centre-right politics was in vogue in…