Koch looks to continue in premier’s footsteps

Koch has been a champion for agriculture and a senior government executive

Koch looks to continue in premier’s footstepsKenneth Brown of The Crossroads Saskatchewan Party leadership candidate Alanna Koch says she wants to continue building on the legacy of service that will be left behind by Premier Brad Wall. There are six candidates running for the Saskatchewan Party leadership. They will be featured in a series of articles over a five-week period leading…

Gord Wyant wants to stay true to party’s roots

Gord Wyant is five candidates running for the Saskatchewan Party leadership

Gord Wyant wants to stay true to party’s rootsKenneth Brown of The Crossroads Saskatchewan Party leadership candidate Gordon Wyant says he plans to lead the party in line with its founding principles if he is elected to be the next premier. There are five candidates running for the Saskatchewan Party leadership. The five candidates will be featured in a series of articles over…

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap dance

Was the prime minister simply late to a critical meeting on the trade deal or did he attempt to sabotage it?

Dissecting Trudeau’s Trans-Pacific tap danceDid Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intend to cause an international incident? That’s what many columnists and pundits are still trying to figure out after our national leader’s confusing absence, and sudden reappearance, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Let’s go back a few steps. Trudeau was in Danang, Vietnam, last week to meet with…

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage 

While a higher minimum wage benefits workers, it can be detrimental to small and large businesses

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an uphill battle in her bid for re-election, so she’s tossed out a few political goodies in an attempt to increase her popular support before next year’s vote. Her biggest gift – or sop, depending on your perspective – is a significant increase to the minimum wage. Workers in Ontario…

The joyful Zen of a well-tended, bountiful garden

Having a garden has enriched our diet, our appreciation of the natural world, and our relationships with family, neighbours and guests

The joyful Zen of a well-tended, bountiful gardenIt’s funny what people who don’t grow their own vegetables and flowers think about those who do. Five years ago, when we cleared a patch of brambles and created our deer-fenced garden at Skelhp, visiting friends and family from the city were unanimous in their comments. “Wow – that’ll keep you busy!” “Will you get…

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic Canada

Controls were intended to ease consumer anger over rare but large price fluctuations. But government isn’t meant to be an anger management therapist

Gasoline price-fixing harms Atlantic CanadaGasoline price controls are a major burden for the minor benefit of having less mercurial cost fluctuations. Government policies are often contradictory. This isn’t directly the result of conspiracy or ill intent. Governments are no different than individuals. We all embrace beliefs that sometimes contradict others we hold. To eliminate these contradictions, Atlantic Canadian governments…

Why Ontario can’t seem to ease its debt burden

Government debt has grown much faster than the economy in recent years, and little change is expected over the next several years

Why Ontario can’t seem to ease its debt burdenBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Ontario government’s determination to keep adding new debt suggests it simply isn’t serious about getting the crucial debt-to-GDP ratio down any time soon. That’s bad news for taxpayers. The government has repeatedly stated the importance of bringing down the province’s debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio,…

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announces retirement

Boyd a driving force behind the formation of the Saskatchewan Party

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announces retirementClarion staff Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from public life and resigning his seat, effective Sept. 1. “When Premier (Brad) Wall announced his retirement, he talked about renewal within the Saskatchewan Party,” Boyd said. “I have been the MLA for Kindersley for a long time, so my retirement and…

Andrew Scheer’s conservative vision for Canada

Andrew Scheer’s conservative vision for CanadaHere’s an amusing trivia question. Who was Andrew Scheer’s only media endorsement for the federal Conservative leadership? Me, according to a master list compiled by Wikipedia. What do you know? The old war horse still has it! I’m just having some fun. I’ve made some good political predictions and some bad ones over the years – but…

Charges laid in fraud investigation

More than 250 complaints received involving a Kindersley travel agency

Charges laid in fraud investigationCrossroads staff In January, 2016, the RCMP received multiple complaints of fraud involving a travel agency business in Kindersley. As a result of investigation and consultation with Crown, 44-year-old Leslie Glauser is charged with one count of Fraud Over $5,000, section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code. “This 16 month investigation was lengthy, in part, due…