National Newswatch

Sask. election may mark a turn to the nasty

Jan 21 2020 — Murray Mandryk — It’s still unlikely to come anything close to the nastiness we will see south of the border this fall, or even the unpleasantry we saw last fall in our nation. The 2020 U.S. Presidential election will be something to behold, given the nasty political times and given that America is experiencing one of the most […]

How to make progress on prairie priorities?

Nov 16 2019 — Ralph Goodale — The regional nature of Canadian politics, as played out in the recent federal election, presents both Conservatives and Liberals with serious challenges. Voters in an angry mood in Saskatchewan and Alberta wagered all their parliamentary seats (except one in Edmonton) on the Conservatives forming government. But that approach foundered when Andrew Scheer failed to generate […]

Separatism not the answer, says Moe, while refusing to denounce views

Nov 15 2019 — — Premier Scott Moe isn’t ruling out any options for bolstering Saskatchewan’s autonomy within Canada, as he faces renewed calls to distance himself from separatist views that have surged since last month’s federal election. He made clear that he doesn’t think western independence is “the way forward” but refused to condemn increasingly vocal demands to break […]

Moe still needs to denounce separation, Wexit

Nov 10 2019 — Murray Mandryk — We are still waiting for an unequivocal condemnation of western separation from Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. That means more than getting Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison to say, “We are not in favour of separation. period.” It needs to come from the actual Saskatchewan premier, and — evidently — it’s going to have […]

Moe challenges Trudeau to meeting while keeping blame for divisions on PM

Oct 29 2019 — — Premier Scott Moe is offering to go to Ottawa for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and push his “new deal for Canada” as a way of dampening an apparent surge of western separatist rhetoric he hasn’t explicitly dismissed or condemned. In a scrum with reporters on Monday to mark the opening of the […]

Federal NDP squabbles may have dire consequences

Sep 7 2019 — Murray Mandryk — If the federal NDP loses party status in the House of Commons after the Oct. 21 vote — unthinkable a decade ago, but at least worthy of discussion now — fingers will be pointed at what’s gone on in Saskatchewan. Certainly, the Erin Weir saga in Regina Lewvan speaks to a dysfunctional federal party lacking […]

Let Erin Weir seek party nomination, riding association urges NDP

Jan 31 2019 — — The federal NDP still vows to block Erin Weir from running for his current seat under the party’s banner, but his riding association is now throwing its weight behind his quest to try. In a Wednesday night AGM at Regina’s Italian Club, the Regina—Lewvan NDP Electoral District Association voted in favour of allowing Weir “to […]

Weir debacle clearly splitting the NDP between young and old

Sep 8 2018 — Murray Mandryk — With a federal election a year away, Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives are champing at the bit to displace Justin Trudeau’s Liberals — a realistic possibility. And notwithstanding its bungling of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, recent polls suggest internal Conservative bickering and its stance on NAFTA may be enough for a second Liberal government term. Where, though, […]

Wall driving off with his licence plate dangling behind him

Jan 24 2018 — Murray Mandryk — In one’s dramatic drive off into the sunset, it’s preferable not to veer into the ditch. Brad Wall ‘s exit west — his Saskatchewan licence plate scraping the pavement as it dangles off his rear bumper — has not been quite the perfect, graceful departure that many expected. For this, there is no one to […]

Trudeau helps snuff out energy self-sufficiency dream

Oct 7 2017 — Murray Mandryk — What the Energy East pipeline needed was a vision that extended somewhat beyond the length of a prime minister’s selfie stick. Yes, it is true that TransCanada cancelled the project based on today’s economics. There is the ongoing decline in overall oil prices and the $9.58/barrel differential between light and heavy oil (making heavy Western […]

New poll shows Wall’s popularity falls as taxes and cuts rise

Apr 3 2017 — — In the wake of a provincial budget that hiked sales and sin taxes, axed the provincial bus company, and contained an array of program cuts, approval is slipping for the the man once dubbed Canada’s most popular premier. According to a new Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll, Premier Brad Wall’s approval rating now sits at 46 per […]