Letters to the editor – February 1, 2018

Sask Party must change

It doesn’t matter what the Sask. Party elects as their new leader and premier of Saskatchewan. Premier Brad Wall got his training from Grant Devine on how to dismantle the Saskatchewan economy. The Saskatchewan Party should have learned what not to do to an economy from Grant Devine’s history, but they are making the same mistakes.

Wall took the same route, that his infamous so-called private sector will solve all of Saskatchewan’s problems. The private sector will do what is good for the private sector and not necessarily what is good for Saskatchewan.

In listening to the Sask Party’s leadership debate, in the open forum, it is clear that all of these candidates had the same attitude as Wall. There really is no new vision.

The new premier of Saskatchewan needs to change the Sask. Party’s philosophy. Failing this will result in defeating themselves in the next election and another party to clean up the mess.

Eric Sagan
Melville, Sask.

Right to end CWB

We hear and read volumes of criticism on many topics. I will begin with finance, taxation, politics (Canadian and American), climate change, rail, branch line abandonment, carbon pollution, pipeline protesters and total planet destruction.

There is never a mention related to the Crow Rate freight agreement of 1897 and ended in 1983. The concessions in the way of land grants, mineral rights and real estate given in exchange for the Crow’s Rate freight agreement was to be permanent. However, the CPR split its holdings into various company names, claiming loss on freight revenue, arguing to government that the Crow’s Rate freight agreement must be altered on account of low freight rate revenue.

Relating to carbon pollution, there is no mention of five-to-seven daily Canadian train loads of coal that is mined, hauled to Roberts Bank in Vancouver, loaded aboard ocean going vessels, shipped and used in the Pacific manufacturing industry. Is this carbon pollution by Canadian standards?

The latest issue relates to Omnitrax. It was good salesmanship to unload such a financial burden with its swampy base, which would not carry a standard load. Obviously, if it had been financially viable, it would not have been sold. Further, reduced load limits without subsidy rendered the Churchill run impossible.

The abandonment of the Canadian Wheat Board has been reported as an error of judgment by the Harper government. However, single-desk selling is most impractical and should have been discontinued in 1945 directly after the Second World War.

John Seierstad
Tisdale, Sask.


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