The City of Regina’s Terrible Example

At 1pm today, Regina city clerk Joni Swidnicki announced that the Regina Water Watch petition to force a referendum on the City’s plan to finance, build and operate a new wastewater treatment plant under a P3 model had been deemed invalid due to insufficient “valid” signatures. According to Swidnicki’s report,…
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A Referendum on Referendums?

With the deadline for Regina’s wastewater privatization petition fast approaching and rumours of signatures gathered close to 19,000, the City of Regina is beginning to sweat a little. According to the Leader-Post, City clerk Joni Swidnicki has asked the province to boost the number of signatures needed to force a…
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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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