Accidental Deliberations: On legacies

Peter MacKinnon’s report (PDF) on the possibilities for a Saskatchewan heritage fund is well worth a read. And I’ll readily agree with the central premise that it’s well worth setting up such a fund to turn one-time resource revenues into long-term benefits. But it is worth noting that MacKinnon’s proposed rule of thumb for deposits ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Jeffrey Simpson marks Peter Lougheed’s passing by discussing what he brought to Alberta’s political scene that’s been sorely lacking ever since: Mr. Lougheed, defending Alberta’s jurisdictional turf in conflicts with Liberal and Conservative governments in Ottawa, navigated his province through these shoals. The shame of his successors is ...

Accidental Deliberations: The great giveaway

No, Brad Wall’s new musings about changing Saskatchewan’s resource royalty structure won’t pass without comment from this corner. But it’s worth noting that the reason for concern lies not a mere flip-flop from the Sask Party’s 2011 election platform, but what’s all too consistent in its behaviour since taking power. At the outset, let’s remember ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for a sunny Sunday.  – Mitchell Anderson’s second article on Norway’s success in converting oil resources into a massive source of public wealth focuses on the country’s history of resistance to outside ownership. But I wouldn’t see much reason why Canada couldn’t turn its own sense of hard-earned independence from the world’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Mitchell Anderson reports on how Norway has assured itself of long-term fiscal security by saving a fair share of its oil resources: Norway produces 40 per cent less petroleum than Canada and has one-seventh our population, but has saved more than $600 billion in oil revenue and ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Saskatchewan’s election campaign pits a party pushing instant gratification against one basing its policies on an appeal to voters’ altruism.

Accidental Deliberations: On deposits

I posted yesterday about the Sask Party’s opening offering in this fall’s election campaign. But it’s worth pointing out the NDP’s first policy event as well, as Dwain Lingenfelter unveiled more details about the party’s proposal for a Bright Futures Fund. And what’s perhaps most notable is that the NDP is committing to build up ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your long weekend reading. – Bruce Johnstone comments on the real source of Saskatchewan’s relative economic success over the past few years – and not surprisingly, it has nothing at all to do with the Sask Party government that’s so desperate to take credit: Doug Elliott, publisher of Sask Trends Monitor, the ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Saskatchewan’s election campaign is shaping up as a choice between personality and policy. And for the latest noteworthy policy proposal from the NDP, see yesterday’s community hospital announcement.

Accidental Deliberations: On inexplicable delays

Yes, the positive media response signals how important the impending debate over the NDP’s Bright Futures Fund proposal figures to be in the lead-up to Saskatchewan’s November election. But the even more significant bit of fallout looks to be part of Bill Boyd’s panicked response which has less to do with the fund than its ...

Accidental Deliberations: On bright futures

In this morning’s column, I pointed out how the Wall government’s focus on short-term electioneering and rule-tweaking betrays its insecurity over November’s election. And the Sask Party will have all the more reason for concern in the wake of the NDP’s official Bright Futures Fund announcement. Not that it’s much surprise that the NDP would ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s distraction tactics for this fall’s provincial election. For more reading…– A couple of greatest hits from the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce in its complete neutrality and altruism, including its later-denied cheerleading for nuclear power, and its regular efforts to push the Regina Chamber’s proposal to dedicate every single ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Yes, plenty of attention is being paid to Canada’s weak ranking when it comes to innovation. But it’s well worth noting that the failure isn’t for lack of billions of dollars being tossed down a sinkhole due to the Cons’ distaste for active and effective government: Other countries ...