A Tale of Two Telecoms or Actions Speak Louder than Words

Where does the Saskatchewan government stand on the privatization of provincial Crown corporations? You’d be hard pressed to come up with a definitive answer after the government’s partial privatization of Information Services Corporation (ISC), the introduction of new private liquor stores and Premier Wall’s end-of-year comments that privatization deserves a…
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The “New” Saskatchewan: Oklahoma North?

Of the litany of proposed changes contained in the Saskatchewan government’s Consultation Paper on the Renewal of Labour Legislation in Saskatchewan, the most pernicious is the suggestion that employees be allowed to opt out of paying union dues, yet still receive the full benefits of union membership. This idea is dangerously reminiscent of U.S….
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The Opacity of Tory Transparency

“The time for accountability has arrived.” These were the first words written by Stephen Harper in the Conservatives’ 2006 Election Platform, “Stand Up for Canada.” Indeed, if there is an animating theme in what would become the Conservative’s winning election message in 2006, it was the Tories insistence that they…
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Can Wildrose remove its thorns?

With the Alberta Tories proving so many pollsters and pundits wrong after their convincing win last night, one might be forgiven for writing off the ultra-conservative Wildrose Party as an otherwise historic footnote in the annals of Alberta’s Tory dynasty. That, I argue, would be a mistake. First, let’s look…
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Brad Wall’s Wonderful World of Laissez-Faire

In the wake of Wednesday’s Saskatchewan budget which saw the elimination of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit and with it the almost certain demise of the industry in the province, Premier Brad Wall tweeted: “If an industry cannot survive at all without a permanent taxpayer subsidy, should the taxpayers…
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