It’s time to sell SaskPower

This Crown corporation’s long-term future is safest in private, rather than public, hands

It’s time to sell SaskPowerBy Dónal Gill Research Associate Frontier Centre for Public Policy The Frontier Centre for Public Policy recently released Running Hard to Adapt in a Dangerously Fast-Changing Industry by Ian Madsen, a senior policy analyst with the centre. The paper conducts an in-depth valuation and strategic appraisal of SaskPower, using an intrinsic value method and market-based…

Has Saskatchewan Government Insurance outlived its purpose?

A private insurance corporation would be better suited to take on any risk, instead of leaving taxpayers to bear losses

Has Saskatchewan Government Insurance outlived its purpose?Ian Madsen and Alexandra Burnett Frontier Centre for Public Policy Many Crown corporations created long ago are showing signs that they’re no longer appropriate for life in evolving competitive markets. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) may be one that’s outlived its purpose of providing vehicle insurance to Saskatchewan drivers. SGI is the monopoly owned by the…

Justice reform can’t just be knee-jerk

Eliminating peremptory challenges during jury selection and restricting preliminary inquiries won't necessarily improve the system

Justice reform can’t just be knee-jerkThere has been considerable talk recently about reforming the justice system. The talk has become particularly shrill following the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine murder trials in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The federal justice minister has said she plans to eliminate peremptory challenges because, in her mind, not enough Indigenous people were selected for the juries. Peremptory…

Saskatchewan budget misses opportunity on rental housing assistance

It’s more effective to supplement rents in times of high vacancy because each dollar spent gets the tenant more

Saskatchewan budget misses opportunity on rental housing assistanceIn the recent Saskatchewan budget, the government made the surprise announcement that it would slowly phase out a rental housing assistance program known as the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement. Given current rental housing market realities, the government ought to have done the complete opposite and expanded the program. High vacancy rates create a desirable climate…

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed

How the Saskatchewan government’s predatory lending practices doomed the Meadow Lake pulp mill

Why Saskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomedSaskatchewan’s Meadow Lake pulp mill was doomed from the beginning. The repercussions are still being felt, according to a new research paper. It’s been decades since the government of Grant Devine (he was premier from 1982 to 1991) was in power in Saskatchewan. But traces of the Conservative premier’s economic decisions remain. The Meadow Lake…

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?

Saskatchewan's new education minister wants a back-to-basics approach to math instruction that would give students much-needed skills

New math doesn’t add up but can something be done?After enduring years of fuzzy math, Saskatchewan parents may finally have cause for hope. Not only did the provincial government’s latest throne speech acknowledge that Saskatchewan students have the worst math skills in the country, it pledged to address the problem with a “common-sense” plan that focuses on the basics. That’s good news for parents…

Former Saskatchewan MLA faces environmental charges

Boyd resigned as Kindersley MLA as of Sept. 1 but the charges came in his final days in office

Former Saskatchewan MLA faces environmental chargesFormer Kindersley (SK) MLA and Eston-area resident Bill Boyd faces charges in relation to altering land and wildlife habitat near the South Saskatchewan River. According to a media relations official for the Executive Council of the Saskatchewan government, Boyd has been charged with three violations under the province’s Environmental Management and Protection Act, 2010, and…

Ryan Meili hits hustings in Saskatchewan NDP leadership race

SK MLA Ryan Meili met with local NDP members in Kindersley during lunch and planned on knocking on doors in town

Ryan Meili hits hustings in Saskatchewan NDP leadership raceBy Kenneth Brown The Kindersley Clarion In the run-up to the provincial NDP leadership race, leadership candidate Saskatoon Meewasin MLA Ryan Meili paid a visit to Kindersley with four of the NDP’s summer students. Meili, a family physician who was first elected back in March in a byelection, announced his candidacy for the NDP leadership…

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacy

His populist conservative instincts broke new ground in Saskatchewan, making him one of the greatest premiers this nation has known

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacySaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced he will retire from politics. It will be a huge loss for his province, country and the Canadian conservative movement. Some critics argue that Wall’s political legacy is more fiction than fact. They claim he simply had the good fortune to govern when centre-right politics was in vogue in…

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Increasing provincial sales tax - including on children's clothes - will hurt lower-income households more than higher-income ones

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverseIn its recent budget, the Saskatchewan government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Although this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for the impoverished and for the long-term health of the…