Tag: Saskatchewan

  • John Scraba arrested

    Grant Devine’s Alternative Truth

    The Tory Caucus Fraud Scandal of the 1990s “When it comes to the crime of fraud, single mothers who, out of desperation, cheat on welfare, have most often gone to jail… Impoverished family breadwinners, who, also out of desperation, cheat on unemployment insurance, have most often gone to jail… [Some] who illegally obtained money from the … Keep reading »

  • Building the ‘Saskatchewan Advantage’: Saskatchewan’s 2017 Austerity Budget

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” — Rahm Emanuel Saskatchewan’s 2017 budget landed with an unenthusiastic thud last week. Riddled with cuts, job losses, public sector wage reductions, and tax increases, the Saskatchewan Party’s austerity budget has garnered few friends, with critics ranging from organized labour movement to small businesses.[1] The … Keep reading »

  • Overthrow the Capitalist System

    The Working Class: Saskatchewan’s Political Orphan

    We all suffer from the absence of working class politics. We are smothered in the business-oriented, neoliberal ‘consensus’ instructing us to reconcile ourselves to ‘the new reality’ – rollbacks in social welfare and universal publicly funded programs; huge tax cuts to business and the rich, driving up public debt and enriching finance capitalism; an end … Keep reading »

  • Wall: Sky Darkens for Sunshine Premier

    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall had already broken one promise even before he called the election: “We didn’t make a lot of election promises, but we made one significant one – to keep Saskatchewan strong” (Regina Leader-Post, 18 June 2016) – unless, of course, you embrace that old bromide, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” … Keep reading »

  • Wall: Sunshine Premier Makes History

    Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall has earned a major place in Saskatchewan’s political history. On April 4 he broke the back of the NDP, the province’s “natural governing party” since 1944. Until Wall’s first victory in 2007 the CCF/NDP ruled the province, suffering only two interruptions. Liberal Ross Thatcher defeated Woodrow Lloyd’s CCF in 1964 … Keep reading »

  • Social Democracy and the Economic Crisis: The Saskatchewan Case

    In the Spanish general election last Sunday [November 20, 2011], the Socialist Party government was soundly defeated. The rightist Peoples Party won the election but only increased their vote by a very small margin. The Indignados, the people who staged mass street mobilizations, asked the voters to stay home, spoil their ballot or vote for … Keep reading »

  • Saskatchewan Election 2011: the Looming Debacle

    A reporter covering Tory Prime Minister Kim Campbell‘s campaign during the 1993 election likened it to watching a dog die slowly. Campbell replaced Brian Mulroney after his public support collapsed and she was punished for his sins, winning only two seats and 16 per cent of the vote. Saskatchewan’s November 7, 2011 election recalls that … Keep reading »