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Anti-pot petition sponsored by Brad Trost nets almost 13,000 signatures

Oct 12 2017 — — Almost 13,000 people have signed a petition sponsored by Saskatoon–University MP Brad Trost calling on Canadian lawmakers to revoke legislation that is expected to legalize the use and possession of recreational marijuana next summer. Presented to the House of Commons late last month, the petition describes cannabis as “a substance with very little benefit and […]

Saskatchewan ‘the shining example of how all provinces in Canada should be run’: Tory leadership candidate O’Leary

Mar 14 2017 — — Conservative Party leadership candidate and television personality Kevin O’Leary says Saskatchewan is the “best-managed province in the country” and that other provinces should learn from what Premier Brad Wall has done in the last decade. “Saskatchewan’s the new Alberta,” O’Leary said Tuesday during a campaign stop at the University of Saskatchewan. “Basically, since 2007, stewardship […]

Sask budget choices difficult and delicate

Mar 10 2017 — John Gormley — In The Alchemist, Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho notes that making a decision “is only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.” Premier Brad Wall’s plan to tame a […]

Saskatchewan’s budget balloons to around $1.2 billion, Wall admits finances ‘are cause for concern for us’

Feb 6 2017 — — The province’s deficit has grown to around $1.2-billion — and “everything is on the table for consideration,” says Premier Brad Wall. Wall told the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) on Monday in Saskatoon that it was his “unhappy duty” to say the deficit in Saskatchewan has grown by approximately $200 million. In its mid-year report […]

Trudeau takes questions at tame town hall

Jan 26 2017 — — Saskatoon proved a relatively easy stop for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his cross-country listening tour. More than 500 people packed into the University of Saskatchewan’s Dube Theatre on Wednesday night, hoping to ask the prime minister a question. At a similar event on Tuesday in Calgary, Trudeau was forced to defend his government’s actions […]

‘A declaration of war’: Sask government blasts Alberta NDP for ‘protectionist’ beer policy

Oct 28 2016 — — Saskatchewan’s economy minister blasted Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her governing NDP for jeopardizing the future of Saskatchewan’s brewing industry with a “protectionist” tax on beer made outside Alberta. “Make no mistake, the massive Alberta NDP tax hike on Sask.-produced beer was nothing less than a declaration of war on Saskatchewan-produced beer,” Jeremy Harrison told […]

‘We’re going to continue to fight this fight’: Premier Wall remains defiant towards Trudeau’s carbon pricing plan

Oct 11 2016 — Dave Deibert — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall continues to question the legality and constitutionality of the federal government’s proposed carbon pricing plan. Wall remained defiant on Tuesday, speaking publicly for the second time since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Liberal government’s plan to impose carbon pricing on provinces that don’t match the tax or implement a cap-and-trade […]

‘Keep your word’: Sask. Premier Brad Wall posts video of PM Trudeau calling imposed climate change plan ‘nonsensical’

Oct 5 2016 — — Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow through on a pledge made during last year’s federal election campaign, when Trudeau said the Liberal Party was “committed to working with the provinces” to reduce carbon emissions. “During last year’s election debate, Prime Minister Trudeau said the federal government imposing a climate […]

Saskatchewan refuses to release years of Husky pipeline inspection results

Sep 15 2016 — — The official Opposition’s environment critic is disappointed by the provincial government’s refusal to release any results from inspections performed on Husky Energy Inc. pipelines across Saskatchewan since 2011. “For me it’s kind of a resigned disappointment — like, oh yeah, here we go again. It’s just frustrating,” said Cathy Sproule, who is also the MLA […]

Liberals, Tories close to tied in Saskatchewan, poll says

Sep 14 2016 — — Federal Liberal fortunes have risen in Saskatchewan so they are just behind the Conservatives, while New Democrat support has collapsed, a new poll suggests. A Mainstreet Research/Postmedia Network Inc. telephone poll conducted Sept. 7 and 8 shows support for the Liberals in Saskatchewan at 33 per cent, just behind the Conservatives at 35 per cent. […]