National Newswatch

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 […]

Brad Wall’s recent comments symbolic for Conservative party hopefuls

Jan 31 2017 — D.C. Fraser — Premier Brad Wall’s recent comments on anti-immigration sentiments and protectionism could be symbolic for those deciding who should be the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. “I don’t know when protectionist or anti-immigration sentiment became conservative, because that’s not my conservatism,” Wall said Tuesday, asked about the symbolism of him speaking in favour […]

Hard to take Trudeau or his tour seriously

Jan 28 2017 — Murray Mandryk — Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau could not be more different in style. As scowlingly nasty, dark, angry and unreasonable as Trump appears to be, Trudeau comes across as light, warm, inviting and accommodating. So dedicated are both to their respective images that it’s difficult to believe they are anything other than what we see before […]

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s GTH performance an embarrassment

Nov 30 2016 — Murray Mandryk — Provincial auditor Judy Ferguson publicly and unequivocally stated in the legislative public accounts committee meeting Monday morning the following: “The audit did not conclusively state that there was no evidence of fraud, conflict of interest or wrongdoing with respect to these (Global Transportation Hub) land transactions.” Yet Premier Brad Wall and Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison […]

Wall’s lonely fight against carbon tax will hurt Sask.

Oct 17 2016 — Howard Leeson — As a result of a flawed federal-provincial strategy, Brad Wall is increasingly looking like the Don Quixote of Western Canada. The premier is in a fix. Hampered by an ideology which prevents him from ever raising taxes in Saskatchewan, and an expensive carbon capture technology which has cost the province nearly $1.5 billion, Wall is […]