Thursday, March 23, 2017

---Edmonton Journal 3 hrs · A lacklustre budget presented in Saskatchewan Wednesday took some of the shine off the supposed fiscal paradise that is Alberta’s eastern neighbour.------Julie Ali I imagine the debt that is being created by the NDP government will only be resolved by the major cuts to the public sector that the Wildrose party will have to do. The ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions) with their major staff burden who get salaries, benefits and expenses paid by us will have to have their salaries decreased. Some ABCs are redundant and all of them will have to shed top tier staff who get paid for very little performance. I don't believe the NDP will do the cuts required. I don't even think the Wildrose will cut either but a change is needed. We cannot pay for the luxuries of the public sector which includes the universities we don't need --when we are experiencing job insecurity as families. Who pays for us? We do. So why do we have to pay for an entitled public sector with no sort of deliverables that I can see?-----------Julie Ali Cliff Heidel Rachel Notley seems like a nice woman. She inherited a mess from the PCs with entrenched folks in government and at the ABCs. Oil revenues are poor. These are all problems that she is dealing with. However making change happen is not all about money. It is about courage. If you don't have courage I guess all you have left are political strategy games that we can see through. For example why tell us that the $30 million dollars for economic stimulation was provided by Mr. Trudeau for the orphan well program? This is untrue. She decided it would be for the orphan well program. Why are we paying for the liabilities of big oil? Well I guess the leader of the people's party is pretty much in the lap of big oil.



A lacklustre budget presented in Saskatchewan Wednesday took some of the shine off the supposed fiscal paradise that is Alberta’s eastern neighbour.
Brad Wall's Saskatchewan has been something of a shining beacon for Alberta's conservative opposition parties since the NDP won the 2015 election.
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Julie Ali I imagine the debt that is being created by the NDP government will only be resolved by the major cuts to the public sector that the Wildrose party will have to do. The ABCs (agencies, boards and commissions) with their major staff burden who get salaries, benefits and expenses paid by us will have to have their salaries decreased. Some ABCs are redundant and all of them will have to shed top tier staff who get paid for very little performance. I don't believe the NDP will do the cuts required. I don't even think the Wildrose will cut either but a change is needed. We cannot pay for the luxuries of the public sector which includes the universities we don't need --when we are experiencing job insecurity as families. Who pays for us? We do. So why do we have to pay for an entitled public sector with no sort of deliverables that I can see?
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Robin Brentnall Wall lied until he got re-elected. Typical conservative.
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Dean S Astill Lol. Like all governments do lie. There's no hope for the working man is there.
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Julie Ali Dean S Astill I agree with you. All parties lie. Some do it better than others. I was fooled by the people's party and I am no longer fooled by them. It's just a softer sell with the NDP and the Liberals.
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Devin Artzen Good job Brad Wall and Saskatchewan. You actually have a plan. Snotley's only plan is to "charge it" then get voted out forever.
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Jens Gundermann You mean his plan to raise taxes and cut services including wages and layoffs.
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Terence Savage Perhaps you should move there if you like him so much.
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Mark Beemer Why should government employees be exempt from economic realities, just like in the private sector during bad times, layoffs, wage freeze's and wage rollback happens, the same should apply to government employees. it probably wouldn't be an issue if it didn't take 3 government workers to do the job that 1 worker can do.
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Dean S Astill Why move there I just work there. They have jobs there.
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Dean S Astill On the bloated public sector. Not a problem if they have layoffs
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Julie Ali Terence Savage Why would he move there? He has merely commented positively about Saskatchewan and he doesn't have to move there.
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Julie Ali Mark Beemer I agree with you. There should be privatization of most of the work done at the GOA so that there would be real work done. There is a culture of entitlement that is not acceptable at both the GOA and at the public agencies such as at AHS and Covenant Health. The poor attitudes of employees will not change until they face the same job insecurity of workers in the private sector.
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J.E. Molnar Scrutiny of Saskatchewan online comments reveal an abundance of real hostility and outright vitriol toward Wall for betraying voters for not mentioning the massive public service cuts and additional tax hikes during last year's election. Notley is absolutely right in chastising the Rosies who would go down the same path (if ever elected - insert eye roll here).
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Matthew Betts Trump got elected......ANYTHING is possible. Even here
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Julie Ali Matthew Betts I am predicting that we will hire the Wildrose folks. I believe that citizens are not getting value for our public dollars. We are tired of the failures of politicians. We are looking for change. If this change means a hard shift to the right to get accountability, transparency and performance well I guess we will accept this.
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John Maguire How do you like your 6%pst sask? Good ol con job. Ndp will need to swing in and fix his mess too with limited to no resources. Could you imagine how much better than sask wed be with a 6% pst...
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Dean S Astill Ya I guess that extra 1 percent will kill them. There not 20 billion in dept. also don't have a 10 percent unemployment rate in the Province. Seems like a much better leader than Alberta has.
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Jens Gundermann Brad Wall is also raising other taxes, cutting public services and wages, and laying off people while our debt to GDP ratio is lower.
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Cliff Heidel Rachel Notley is gone in 2 years. Brad Wall win another election in 3 years.
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Mark Beemer Well you are a supporter of the NDP, sale's tax are the good taxes, income tax is regressive and subjective...
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Dean S Astill Hopefully freezing public sector wages.
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Dean S Astill Hopefully freezing public sector wages.
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Dean S Astill Hopefully freezing public sector wages.
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Dean S Astill Thank god
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Sean Pollon Right, except he's running billion dollar deficits even though they have oil royalties, higher tax rates AND a 6% sales tax. If we had as much funding as them we'd be running a surplus even in a recession. Now they have to endure heavy cuts to public service on top of paying more... Conservative policies hard at work.
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Julie Ali Cliff Heidel Rachel Notley seems like a nice woman. She inherited a mess from the PCs with entrenched folks in government and at the ABCs. Oil revenues are poor. These are all problems that she is dealing with. However making change happen is not all about money. It is about courage. If you don't have courage I guess all you have left are political strategy games that we can see through. For example why tell us that the $30 million dollars for economic stimulation was provided by Mr. Trudeau for the orphan well program? This is untrue. She decided it would be for the orphan well program. Why are we paying for the liabilities of big oil? Well I guess the leader of the people's party is pretty much in the lap of big oil.
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Mike Richardson So, it turns out pope Brad is fallible after all
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Ron Monroe If we had a pst of 6% and the income tax rates of Saskatchewan, our budget would be pretty much balanced.
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Christine Tanghe Don't worry Alberta u r paying pst just that is hidden in prices of things
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Dean S Astill Wouldn't worry about Saskatchewans budget. We got a mess of our own to worry about.
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Jeff Scott Warren Brads a loser
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Dean S Astill Yup. So is Notley. There's no winning for the working man anymore is there.
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Julie Ali Dean S Astill Very true. The politicians work for themselves, their political party and their donors.
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Jeanne Lauck His pst is a lot less than this carbon tax we're stuck with.
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Jest Dempsey Sidloski No it's not actually. The PST overall is 6% which is significantly higher than the carbon levy we pay. Not to mention Saskatchewan has higher corporate taxes and higher personal income taxes. 

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Karyn Wade Harper Lol so next year they will have both .
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Dean S Astill He's raised the pst by 1 percent. Doesn't have near the financial problems Alberta does. Also doesn't have a 10.2 percent unemployment rate. He's handing the downturn way better than Alberta.
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Julie Ali Dean S Astill I have looked at Brad Wall and I don't think he is any better than the rest of the premiers. He also has wasted a ton of public dollars on dumb moves such as the Carbon Capture and Storage project at Boundary Dam that not only cost the taxpayers major cash but also increased the cost of electricity. It's troubling that not only the folks in Saskatchewan are paying for such carbon capture and storage projects--that don't seem to be cost effective--all Canadians are paying for this fad. projecthttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/carbon-capture-power-prices-1.3641066 Sask. carbon capture plant doubles the price of power
Wind energy proponent says green energy cheaper than so-called 'clean coal'
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