You are doing one hell of a job Brad Wall!

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You are doing one hell of a job Brad Wall!

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NorthReport

Mistakenly my ass!

This is right out of the right-wing dirty tricks playbook.

What kind of shit headline is this?

Sealed record mistakenly released

It is unclear who is responsible for Saskatchewan court documents that should have been sealed being released to media pundit Ezra Levant.

The Court of Queen's Bench in Regina released the records to Levant and Rebel Media last month.

The documents detailed the 1994 assault conviction of Brent Dancey - who now serves as a chief of staff in Alberta's NDP government - and were published on Rebel Media's website. Dancey, 18 and living in Regina at the time, was sentenced to nine months in jail.

However, Dancey was pardoned in 2005 and according to the court's guidelines, the pardon meant the records should have been kept out of the public eye.

A pardon - formally called a record suspension - allows people convicted of a criminal offence, who have completed their sentence and demonstrated they are law-abiding citizens for a number of years, to have their criminal records kept separate and apart from other criminal records.

 

 

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/Sealed+record+mistakenly+released/11218108...

 

robbie_dee

The apparent leak of a sealed court document for crassly partisan purposes is disgusting.

However it would probably also facilitate discussion if this thread had a slightly less crassly partisan title, or at least a title more appropriately focused on the topic. Did Brad Wall personally leak the document?

NorthReport

The buck stops here. 

Unionist

robbie_dee wrote:

Did Brad Wall personally leak the document?

No, of course not. It was the Saskatchewan courts. And who names judges to Saskatchewan courts? Stephen Harper.

I demand that this thread title be modified to replace "Brad Wall" with "Stephen Harper".

The buck stops there.

 

Todrick of Chat...

Unionist wrote:

robbie_dee wrote:

Did Brad Wall personally leak the document?

No, of course not. It was the Saskatchewan courts. And who names judges to Saskatchewan courts? Stephen Harper.

I demand that this thread title be modified to replace "Brad Wall" with "Stephen Harper".

The buck stops there.

Wrong, I blame the judge's parents. They raised their kids so poorly, with no morals or ethics.

What type of parent let their kid become a lawyer anyways? 

NorthReport

Who is the Premier?

The provinces administer justice in their jurisdictions. This includes organizing and maintaining the civil and criminal provincial courts and civil procedure in those courts.

http://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/csj-sjc/just/07.html

Unionist wrote:

robbie_dee wrote:

Did Brad Wall personally leak the document?

No, of course not. It was the Saskatchewan courts. And who names judges to Saskatchewan courts? Stephen Harper.

I demand that this thread title be modified to replace "Brad Wall" with "Stephen Harper".

The buck stops there.

 

NorthReport
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Building the “Saskatchewan Advantage”

Saskatchewan’s 2017 Austerity Budget

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 government's budget has several fiscal goals: aggressively tackle its $1.3-billion deficit in three short years, overhaul the tax structure away from progressive forms of taxation to consumption taxes, and dismantle key aspects of the social welfare state.

In our view, Budget 2017 should be viewed in two ways. First, it is clearly a reactionary document drafted by an openly conservative government responding to the dramatic fall in natural resource prices that began in 2014. Second, and perhaps equally important, the budget is also a calculated political decision to exploit the fiscal crisis to further transform the provincial state to facilitate long-term private capital accumulation in the natural resource sector, keeping those sectors free from a burdensome tax regime or regulatory pressure. In other words, the government is using the fiscal crisis to push through the so-called “Saskatchewan Advantage,” which it defines as the province having “the lowest corporate tax rate and the lowest tax rate on manufacturing and processing in the country.”

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Challenging the “Saskatchewan Advantage”

To date, opposition to the Saskatchewan Party has been largely waged by organized labour in response to wage reductions, job losses, and changes imposed upon the province's labour relations system. Notwithstanding a large labour organized demonstration outside the legislative assembly on 8 March, throughout the Saskatchewan Party's tenure, many of these struggles have been largely legal in nature and have not mustered serious community mobilization and rank-and-file activism. But now, with austerity and tax measures that will undoubtedly impact small towns and rural areas, the terrain of struggle might be shifting. With the amalgamation of health regions on the horizon, the winding down of the STC, cuts to education and libraries, and potential threats to municipal service levels, the space for broader opposition to austerity has widened.

Recent initiatives like SaskForward, which formed in 2017 as a means of constructing an alternative vision of “transformational change,” have brought together a coalition of civil society groups to work on charting a different political path for Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour has launched the Own It! campaign, designed to reach out across the labour movement to build a larger fight-back strategy and Unifor, CUPE, SEIU-West and SGEU have been vocal critics of the Saskatchewan Party's austerity agenda. Equally promising is that the Fight for $15 and Fairness movement that has been growing across North America has surfaced in the province. Meanwhile, the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) has remained virtually silent as their members face layoffs and significant funding cuts. Adding teachers to the chorus of anti-austerity efforts could create conditions for mass demonstrations against the government not unlike Ontario's Days of Action. If the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) were to add their significant influence to the struggle by joining forces with healthcare unions already engaged in the fight, we are convinced that the movement would be a formidable obstacle to the government's austerity agenda.

josh

Polling firm Insightrix says an unpopular budget has cost the Saskatchewan Party significant support.

A recent poll showed 44 per cent support for the governing party. 

It's a sharp drop from the 2016 election, where 62 per cent of voters cast their support for the party.

The poll showed 40 per cent support for the provincial NDP

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/poll-lowest-sask-party-support-1.4077126

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Fightback against austerity is essential

Posted by The Stand Community Organizing Centre

There are moments in history where local politics have national, and even international, significance. Saskatchewan is currently living one of those moments.

Have no illusions. The recent provincial budget is about more than reducing government expenditures. It is an act of class warfare, and the beginning of a process of redefining the society you live in – massively reducing the social role of the state, and transferring yet more wealth to the already wealthy. There are three budgets left in the Sask Party’s current mandate and they will be worse than one just announced. They will be about ‘permanent austerity’, not short-term belt-tightening....

Images from protests around Saskatchewan after the release of the Saskatchewan budget in March 2017, which eliminated an essential transport service (STC) and dramatically cut funding to libraries and other services, while reducing corporate taxes and raising consumption taxes.

6079_Smith_W

They are passing legislation to prevent legal challenges by the municipalities:

http://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/because-they-were-going-to-gov...

This is about them withdrawing grants in lieu that crown corporation should be paying to municipalities for property tax. Basically maintaining the streets in front of their facilities.

Government Relations Minister says the province prevented cities from challenging controversial legislation "because they were going to."

Aristotleded24

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/poll-lowest-sask-party-support-1... Party support drops below 50% for the first time ever in its mandate:[/url]

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Polling firm Insightrix says an unpopular budget has cost the Saskatchewan Party significant support.

A recent poll showed 44 per cent support for the governing party. 

It's a sharp drop from the 2016 election, where 62 per cent of voters cast their support for the party.

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
This is about them withdrawing grants in lieu that crown corporation should be paying to municipalities for property tax. Basically maintaining the streets in front of their facilities.

Isn't it also about the Saskatchewan government also trying to undermine a leftist civic administration in the province's biggest city by tying their hands financially?

6079_Smith_W

Not only. This affects a number of cities, including those in areas which traditionally support the Sask Party. The hardest hit is going to be Yorkton. The cuts aren't simply an attack on the presumed left. The library cuts and the STC cut is going to hurt people in rural areas far more than in the cities.

It is a combination of them covering their asses after squandering the province's savings, and using that mismanagement to implement ideological cuts. It is the same reason why they are trying to force school boards to ask teachers to come back to the table and renegotiate signed contracts. It really show how ignorant they are about how things work.

 

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
Not only. This affects a number of cities, including those in areas which traditionally support the Sask Party. The hardest hit is going to be Yorkton. The cuts aren't simply an attack on the presumed left. The library cuts and the STC cut is going to hurt people in rural areas far more than in the cities.

Is there a realistic chance that these cuts will cost the Saskatchewan Party enough support that they will lose the upcoming by-election in Swift Current?

6079_Smith_W

That is Brad Wall's constituency. I wish there was a vacancy there, but there is not.

We just had a byelection here in Saskatoon, which the NDP won from the Sask Party. It happened before the budget, and Wall refused to give an economic report prior to it. No surprise there.

 

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
That is Brad Wall's constituency. I wish there was a vacancy there, but there is not.

Wall was consistently one of the most popular Premiers in the country for about a decade. Do you think he really wants to stick around long enough for the impact of the cuts to undermine that?

Aristotleded24

6079_Smith_W wrote:
We just had a byelection here in Saskatoon, which the NDP won from the Sask Party. It happened before the budget, and Wall refused to give an economic report prior to it. No surprise there.

It's a seat with longstanding NDP support. Having said that, the last time the NDP did that well there was the height of their public popularity in the early 1990s, and having more seats is always better than not.

6079_Smith_W

He has already said he doesn't plan to run again. I expect his agenda is to do as much damage as he can in the next three years.

 

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All Out to Stop the Cuts! Protest the Premier's Dinner!
Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Prairieland Park
503 Ruth St. Saskatoon