Saskatchewan MLA dies suddenly

Flags at the Saskatchewan legislature are at half-mast after Kevin Phillips, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Melfort, died suddenly Nov. 13. He was 63. Premier Brad Wall expressed his condolences to Phillips’ family. “Kevin was back in Regina yesterday, getting ready for another week of doing what he loved to do — representing the people […] Read more

Sask. Conservatives left out of shadow cabinet

UPDATED – August 30 – 1655 CST – Conservative leader Andrew Scheer named a new shadow cabinet last week and it doesn’t include two of his Saskatchewan colleagues. Gerry Ritz had been international trade critic, and David Anderson was agriculture critic prior to the duties announced Aug. 30. Late Wednesday afternoon CTV News was reporting […] Read more

Wall shuffles cabinet

Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall shuffled his cabinet Aug. 30 after five ministers stepped down to run to replace him. Wall will resign after the Saskatchewan Party leadership convention Jan. 27. The cabinet now includes six ministers who retained their current positions, five current ministers who changed portfolios, and five new members, four of them first-time […] Read more

Deputy minister to Premier – Koch seeks top Sask Party post

Long-time agricultural insider and most recently top civil servant, Alanna Koch wants to be Saskatchewan’s next premier. She announced her candidacy for the Saskatchewan Party leadership Aug. 28 at a farm south of Regina. Flanked by her family she told a crowd of supporters, including caucus members Dan D’Autremont and Don McMorris, that she has […] Read more

Alta.’s conservative parties to try a merger

Alberta’s Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties have inked plans to form one party, at this point called the United Conservative Party with the goal of defeating the NDP government in the next provincial election. At a news conference yesterday, Wildrose leader Brian Jean and Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney signed an agreement in principal to […] Read more

Bernier takes on supply management in Conservative leadership race

The future of Canada’s supply management system for milk, eggs and poultry has been thrust onto the national political agenda by a top candidate for the federal Conservative party leadership Maxime Bernier. Bernier is calling for the abolition of the system after a new levy on dairy products builds enough funds to reimburse farmers for […] Read more

Alberta MP dies

Jim Hillyer, the Conservative MP for Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner in Alberta, has died. Hillyer was found dead in his Ottawa office earlier today after complaining of feeling unwell the previous day. He was 41. First elected as the MP for Lethbridge in 2011, he was easily re-elected in last fall’s election in Medicine Hat after the […] Read more

Harper deals major cabinet shuffle

Eight new faces | Gerry Ritz becomes longest-serving agriculture minister in three decades

Gerry Ritz was reappointed federal agriculture minister July 15 after committing to running in the 2015 election. As well, trade minister Ed Fast kept his trade portfolio position. He will continue to lead the push for trade deals with the European Union, India, Japan and Pacific Rim countries. They both survived a major cabinet shuffle […] Read more

Farmers fear flawed support program better than no program at all

In 1970, Saskatchewan raised singer-song writer Joni Mitchell caught perfectly one of the great human inconsistencies: trashing conditions we face until someone tries to take them away.
 It was in her song Big Yellow Taxi, a lament by a woman whose man has just been taken away by the Toronto police in a “big yellow […] Read more

Farmers want input on program changes

Alberta producers are asking for a meeting with their agriculture minister as the clock ticks down to the signing of an agreement that will direct farm programs for the next five years. Federal and provincial ministers meet in less than a month, but farm leaders in Alberta are wondering what happened to discussions with them, […] Read more