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    Two of the Regina Family YMCA "super-heroes", launching the Y's Strong Kids Megathon - a tremendous community asset!
    Mar 21, 2015 8:23 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Welcome to spring! The snow has returned to Saskatchewan, but mercifully not as bad as Atlantic Canada!
    Mar 20, 2015 8:53 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Hearing about the 2015 Provincial Budget from Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz at Breakfast Briefing hosted by Chartered Professional Accountants. If a resource-dependent province like Saskatchewan can table its 2015 Budget on time (+Alberta too next week), why can't the Harper government in Ottawa?
    Mar 20, 2015 7:29 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    A full house at Queensbury last night to toast retiring Sk Rider Prez, Jim Hopson, simply the best - raising $$$ for Brain Injuries
    Mar 20, 2015 3:54 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    At a great "thank you" celebration tonight for retiring Sk Rider Prez, Jim Hopson - and David Herle is in the crowd!
    Mar 19, 2015 6:27 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy to stop by the Z99 Radiothon in Regina's Cornwall Centre - supporting the hospitals of Regina Foundation.
    Mar 19, 2015 12:33 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Randy Boissonnault + Amarjeet Sohi are great Liberal Candidates in Edmonton. High profile, well respected + working hard!
    Mar 17, 2015 7:32 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Beginning my day in Edmonton at a fundraising breakfast with Randy Boissonnault (Edmonton Centre) + Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Millwoods)
    Mar 17, 2015 7:19 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy St Patrick's Day - when the whole world is Irish!
    Mar 17, 2015 6:14 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Just spent a great couple of hours with Calgary MLA Kent Hehr, the Liberal Canadiate for Justin Trudeau in Calgary-Centre.
    Mar 16, 2015 6:40 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    5 Days for the Homeless - Regina, SK--Just part of a terrific University of Regina team raising $$$ for homelessness. From yesterday til Friday. Good luck+thank you! #5D4H_Regina
    Mar 16, 2015 8:25 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    5 Days for the Homeless - Regina, SK --Just part of a terrific University of Regina team raising $$$ for homelessness. From yesterday til Friday. Good luck+thank you! #5D4H_Regina
    Mar 16, 2015 8:24 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HARPER GOVERNMENT PROVIDES FISCAL NEGLIGENCE, NOT LEADERSHIP At a time when Canadians need some competent economic leadership, federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver is mostly absent from the House of Commons these days. And when he does show up, he seems both puzzled and muzzled - allowing junior Ministers to answer finance questions with meaningless "talking points" written in the Prime Minister's Office. That's a serious problem for Canada. A sign of weakness. The Finance department has been rendered totally subservient to the partisan requirements of the PMO. There's no sense of confidence in the Minister. His job is just to be the mouthpiece for whatever Mr. Harper wants said. It's quite a pathetic spectacle. On one occasion when he was allowed to speak for himself last week, Mr. Oliver went on a strange tirade against the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The CIBC had just contradicted the Harper government on Canada's job market, pointing out serious problems of poor growth and declining quality. Mr. Oliver depicted the CIBC as some rogue outlier, practising "sham" economics. The trouble for Mr. Oliver is that many other experts agree with the CIBC - including the TD Bank, the Bank of Canada, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Morgan Stanley, York University, the Parliamentary Budget Officer and others. They can't all be a sham! Mr. Oliver embarrassed himself. At the same time, his excuse for punting the federal budget into April or May or later - forcing Canadians to go through more than an entire fiscal year without a budget plan - began to blow up in his face. He said the delay was all because of the uncertainty about oil prices. But the provincial governments of both Saskatchewan and Alberta are more fiscally dependent on oil revenues than is the federal government. Yet Saskatchewan will be able to table its 2015 budget this Wednesday (March 18th) and Alberta will do so on March 26th. If they can get their acts together, why can't Canada? This point was also underscored last week by all the major private sector economists who advise the federal Minister. They say the global market price for oil is now as stable and predictable as it's going to get, so there is no credible reason for any further stalling. The real problem is that economic realities just don't fit well with the political argument Mr. Harper wants to present in this election year. He wants to say that everything is rosy, that he's done a great job, and now is the time for big tax cuts for the wealthiest of Canadians. But none of that is true. His own projections were forecasting a declining economic growth rate for Canada, even before the drop in oil markets. As the CIBC and others pointed out, the job market is not generating either the quantity or the quality of new employment that Canadians need. A big majority of middle-class Canadians, and all those working hard just to get to the middle-class, are feeling more and more insecure. They're worried about the daily cost-of-living, their household debts, the high costs of higher learning for their kids, the inadequacy of their own retirement savings. And Mr. Harper is trying to tell them that they'll just have to accept all that - because now is the time for a big tax cut that will benefit only 14% of Canadian households (86% can never qualify). It will cost more than $12-billion over the coming budgetary planning cycle, with the biggest gains going to those with income over $233,000. But no tax fairness for the middle-class. Nothing to drive greater economic growth or more and better jobs. Nothing to bolster community infrastructure, or greater access to post-secondary education, or science and innovation. Nothing to correct Mr. Harper's chronic trade deficit. Nothing to ensure we have the environmental credibility necessary to secure access to global markets for our valuable resources. Considering all of that - maybe it's understandable why the Finance Minister has nothing much to say.
    Mar 16, 2015 5:16 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Going to the Kramer Imax Theatre at the Sask Science Centre to see D-Day documentary
    Mar 15, 2015 4:10 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Some young Bollywood Dancers cut loose at "A celebration of cultures" at Regina's Glen Cairn community centre.
    Mar 15, 2015 12:58 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Community Connections: A celebration of cultures at Glen Cairn Community Centre in Regina today. Great show. Canada is a multicultural country. It's embedded in our Constitution and a fundamental characteristic of what Canada is all about. We dare not take our multiculturalism for granted. It's a precious but fragile achievement, and our greatest gift to the world.
    Mar 15, 2015 12:46 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Just visited Regina's annual Tavria Ukrainian Dance Festival - a great show! Congrats to all dance teams+Chair Carolyn Griffin!
    Mar 15, 2015 10:44 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    One of the photos on display tonight at a Regina fundraiser for Engineers Without Borders - this pic is from Ghana
    Mar 14, 2015 5:40 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Here's SportsNet's mobile studio all set for "Hometown Hockey Tour" in Regina, Sat + Sun!
    Mar 14, 2015 11:15 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Getting ready for the opening of Rogers' "Hometown Hockey Tour" in downtown Regina this weekend!
    Mar 14, 2015 11:14 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Can you believe Stephen Harper’s promises on adequate rail service? http://lpc.ca/a5uo
    Mar 13, 2015 12:39 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Economy struggling, but still no Federal Budget. In the House of Commons, Finance Minister Oliver is mostly absent and doesn't answer questions even when he turns up. All economists say there is NO reason to delay the Federal Budget. If oil dependent provinces Alberta and Saskatchewan can produce budgets, why can't the feds?
    Mar 12, 2015 11:50 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period, Mr Harper remains silent on the deeply offensive remarks of his MP Williamson from N.B. No apology in the House. By refusing to impose any discipline on Mr Williamson - or express even mild disapproval - Mr Harper implies it's ok with him.
    Mar 12, 2015 11:36 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    If Mr Harper doesn't ditch Williamson, he must tacitly agree w/ him. Watch for quiet dumping once House adjourns Friday http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/03/11/motion-asks-new-brunswick_n_6848108.html
    Mar 11, 2015 4:52 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Proud to welcome Jessica from Kronau (Greenall School, Balgonie) to the Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa tonight
    Mar 11, 2015 4:44 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Confronted by facts on their own record in QP, the Conservatives remain in abject denial about middle class struggles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNAL5xHdq2c&feature=youtu.be
    Mar 11, 2015 1:18 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    In Question Period - the Harper government is a threadbare regime in abject denial - promising only more no-growth policies with few jobs, no fairness
    Mar 11, 2015 12:23 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Mr. Harper keeps brushing off middle-class struggles http://lpc.ca/a5lj
    Mar 11, 2015 9:32 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    MR. HARPER'S 9 YEARS HAVE WEAKENED OUR ECONOMY In a series of recent questions in the House of Commons, I've contrasted the economic success that Canada experienced in the nine years before Stephen Harper took power with the doldrums that have plagued our economy in the nine years since. Mr. Harper seems a bit sensitive about such comparisons. Many major indicators underscore that his record is weak. Unable to explain why those nine Liberal years were so consistently better than his nine Conservative years, he tries to brush the evidence aside saying ... "that was then, this is now." It's that "now" that middle-class Canadians, and all those working so hard just to get to the middle-class, are struggling with. Since 2006, they've endured nine years of frustrating stagnation, insecure jobs, declining job quality, flat incomes, ballooning debt, escalating education costs, low savings, inadequate pensions and the growing spectre of the current generation of young Canadians not doing as well as their parents did. Mr. Harper won't even acknowledge these middle-class realities, as he sticks with the same failed policies that contributed to today's malaise. So the only thing people can see ahead for themselves and their families - under Mr. Harper - is another 90 miles of bad road. Here are some of their questions: * Why is Mr. Harper's economic growth record the worst of any Prime Minister in 80 years - just a meagre average of 1.7% per year since 2006 vs 3.4% in the nine years previous? * Since the most recent recession lasted less than one year and ended nearly six years ago, why has the Harper government been able to generate only half the net new jobs the previous government generated? * Why is job creation slowing down, with barely 120,000 new jobs produced in all of 2014, which was down from the year before, which was also down from the year before that? * Why has job quality in Canada sunk to its lowest level in a quarter of a century? * How is it that the previous Liberal government inherited a $40-billion deficit from its Conservative predecessors, but balanced the nation's books within three years and then delivered nine consecutive surpluses, while Mr. Harper inherited a $13-billion surplus from his Liberal predecessors, squandered it in less than three years and then delivered seven consecutive deficits? * Unlike the previous Liberal government which paid-down federal debt and reduced Canada's debt-to-GDP ratio, why has Mr. Harper only added to the debt - i.e., $157-billion in new Harper debt since 2006 which is the equivalent of nearly $5,000 for every man, woman and child in this country? * Mr. Harper claims to be a tax-cutter, so why did he increase the tax burden on Canadians in each of his last five budgets? * While the previous Liberal government slashed Employment Insurance premiums 12 consecutive times, helping both employees and employers and stimulating more jobs, why did the Harper government hike EI premiums in four straight budgets and then freeze them for three more years at an artificially high level? * How did the previous Liberal government manage to run a consistent trade surplus, month-after-month-after-month, while Mr. Harper has posted 49 monthly deficits, including a big drop in exports in the most recent figures released just last week, effectively doubling Canada's deficit in merchandise trade? * Why is the Harper government so disinterested in the sufficiency and security of retirement incomes when three-quarters of those working in the private sector have no company pension plan, when the average 35-year-old is saving less than half of what his/her parents did, and when fewer than a third of those now nearing retirement age have saved more than $100,000 and fully one-third have no retirement savings at all. With these kinds of issues weighing heavily on middle-class Canadians, it's simply not credible for the Harper regime to pretend they've done a decent job. They haven't. They've weakened the economy. They've eroded hope and confidence. And a majority of Canadians are looking for a different and better direction.
    Mar 09, 2015 7:05 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    International Women's Day - celebrating achievement, acknowledging the work remaining and renewing the drive for genuine equality.
    Mar 08, 2015 12:48 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Can you believe that one of Mr Harper's confidantes actually said this? Do you believe the apology? What sort of culture or mentality in Mr Harper's Caucus would lead anyone to blurt out such outrageous remarks? http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/03/07/mp-and-former-harper-advisor-john-williamson-tfw-program-favours-brown-people-over-whities/
    Mar 07, 2015 6:55 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Happy to support Regina's "Big Sky Centre for Learning + Being Astonished" - doing great work for people with special needs.
    Mar 07, 2015 5:38 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    It's a sad day. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Cdn Forces - especially those in Iraq. Sincere sympathies to the family and comrades of the Cdn soldier who just lost his life, and best wishes for a complete recovery to those who were wounded.
    Mar 07, 2015 12:34 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congratulations to Canada Post Heritage Club (Golden Sheaf Chapter) supporting Casey Foundation for Autism at Peg's Kitchen tonight
    Mar 06, 2015 4:58 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Nice crowd out tonight at Peg's Kitchen in Regina for a Ukrainian supper raising funds for The Casey Foundation for Autism
    Mar 06, 2015 3:44 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    HARPER GOVERNMENT SEEMS DISTRACTED, STALLED Stephen Harper seemed distracted in the House of Commons last week. In response to pointed questions about weak job creation and poor job quality, he rattled on about police investigations. He must have had Senator Mike Duffy on his mind. That's understandable. Mr. Harper once described Duffy as one of his "best" appointments. But a month from tomorrow, following a massive police investigation, Duffy goes on trial on 31 charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust. A long list of Mr. Harper's inner-circle -- from his office, his Party, the Senate and the House of Commons -- will be called to testify about that mysterious $90,000 payment made to Duffy by Mr. Harper's former Chief-of-Staff. What exactly was it for? What was expected in return? What happened to the Senate's forensic audit on Duffy? Was there any political intervention? And what did that former Chief-of-Staff mean in an email saying "we are good to go from the PM"? Issues like these might well be weighing on Mr. Harper. Or maybe he was thinking about another police investigation -- the one that resulted in formal charges against the Conservative Party for their "In-and-Out" money scam, a guilty plea, a conviction and the biggest penalty the law allows. Or maybe he was troubled by the police investigations of Patrick Brazeau (another of Mr. Harper's Senate choices), or Dean Del Mastro (his former Parliamentary Secretary, now convicted of election financing offences), or Michael Sona (the Conservative operative convicted of electoral fraud in the robo-call scandal), or Bruce Carson (another former Chief-of-Staff to Mr. Harper, now facing charges of influence peddling), or Arthur Porter (the man hand-picked by Mr. Harper to supervise Canada's spy agency, now in jail in Panama). And more. But political distractions aside, those original questions about jobs and the economy -- which Mr. Harper failed to answer -- remain critically important. The latest GDP figures released this week show Canadian economic growth is indeed slowing down. On average under the Harper regime, Canada's growth rate is the worst it's been in 80 years. And that's before you take into account the downturn in the energy sector. On jobs, according to an analysis this week by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, when you consider part-time vs full-time work, paid vs self-employment and compensation trends, job quality in Canada has sunk to its lowest level in more than two decades. In research published this week by Frank Graves of EKOS Polling, it appears that a strong majority of Canadians believe the middle-class is shrinking. They're pessimistic about the future and worry that the next generation is going to be worse off. In the latest "Consumerology" report this week from Bensimon Byrne, pessimism is again the predominant theme. In fact, most Canadians feel they're in a recession (even though it ended nearly six years ago). Two-thirds think the country needs a new and different economic plan. Mr. Harper's only plan is his bogus declaration of a surplus in 2015 so he can proceed with Income Splitting -- which will benefit only a tiny fraction of Canadian families, cost $12-billion over the current budgetary planning horizon, exacerbate inequality and do nothing to produce greater economic growth. Canadians know we can do better than this.
    Mar 06, 2015 1:32 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Glad to see Sask's Steve Laycock doing so well at this year's Brier Curling Championships in Calgary. Good luck in playoffs!
    Mar 06, 2015 1:01 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    The Artful Dodge across for Old Fire Hall Number-1 on 11th Ave is a great gathering place in the heart of Heritage neighbourhood.
    Mar 06, 2015 6:28 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Good for Stefani Langenegger on location this morning at the Artful Dodger celebrating Regina's Heritage District
    Mar 06, 2015 6:26 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Just had province-wide tele-health conference (20 locations) taking about federal tax measures applicable to people with disabilities. Good discussion. My thanks to MS Society (Sk) for arranging and to Wascana Rehab Centre in Regina for the facilities. Our purpose was to help ensure people with disabilities are fully aware of all credits + benefits they may take advantage of.
    Mar 05, 2015 7:26 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    My good friend Otto Dreidger, wise social activist, speaks to a full house today at Eastview Rotary Club in Regina
    Mar 05, 2015 10:41 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    As I tried to point out to Mr Harper in Question Period last week - poor job creation/job quality are important issues for Canadians http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/job-quality-in-canada-sinks-to-all-time-low-cibc-index-shows/article23303996/
    Mar 05, 2015 10:27 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Enjoyed meeting tonight with Josie Vantour at Regina Public Library and her class of newcomers, studying for Canadian citizenship exams.
    Mar 04, 2015 7:23 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Who’s to blame for Canada’s poor economic growth, tepid job creation, faltering job quality, stagnant incomes and ballooning household debt? http://lpc.ca/a599
    Mar 03, 2015 2:00 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Some interesting economic comparisons today in Lawrence Martin's column in The Globe and Mail http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/tories-liberals-who-are-the-better-economic-managers/article23252879/
    Mar 03, 2015 7:55 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    THE IMPERATIVE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH Middle-class Canadians and all those working so hard just to get to the middle-class have been waiting a long time for some buoyancy in the economy to lift their prospects. Stephen Harper says it’s all the fault of that nasty recession that sideswiped our economy and messed up all his government’s plans. But consider these facts: • That recession arrived in late 2008 and lasted less than a year. But Canadians are still struggling – nearly six years now after the recession ended. • When first elected in 2006, the Harper government inherited a large surplus, but quickly squandered Canada’s fiscal strength, putting the country back into deficit again BEFORE the recession; • The recession made it worse, but it was Mr. Harper’s reckless government that put Canada in a weakened and vulnerable position; • On Mr. Harper’s watch we’ve suffered poor economic growth, tepid job creation, faltering job quality, stagnant incomes and ballooning household debt. • And now there’s a major downturn in the energy sector with more lost investment, jobs and exports – so much so that Mr. Harper has actually punted the entire federal budget into the next fiscal year. This government has no credible agenda to drive greater economic growth. Growth is what’s needed to bolster the well-being of the middle-class. It’s also a key factor in balancing the government’s books. But with an average annual growth rate of barely 1.7% (the worst of any Prime Minister in 80 years), Mr. Harper is forced to resort to a grab-bag of gimmicks to concoct the appearance of “balance” – especially since he has already pre-spent any margin he may have had on his ill-advised Income Splitting scheme for the wealthy. So he lapses funding previously committed to veterans, security services and the fight against child pornography. He slashes environmental protection and other public safety programming. He sells off federal assets. He delays major investments in community infrastructure and new equipment for the military. He hikes taxes for five years in a row and rakes in an extra $5-billion from excessive Employment Insurance premiums. None of these gimmicks are sustainable. Neither do they contribute to meaningful growth. To truly deliver on the imperative of economic growth, the government should be increasing and accelerating federal support for community infrastructure. It should be tearing down barriers to all forms of post-secondary education and skills training. It should be investing in scientific research and innovation. It should be aggressively branding and marketing Canadian goods and services in global markets. And it should be working with provincial governments to reach a smart intersection between economic success and environmental integrity – because the latter is often the key to the former. But there’s no such leadership from this threadbare government.
    Mar 02, 2015 12:29 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Congrats to new CEO of YQR - Regina International Airport, Dick Graham, and thanks to predecessor Jim Hunter.
    Mar 02, 2015 8:15 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Regina's inimitable Thomas Siarkos dances among smashed plates during "An Evening in Greece" - all for Palliative Care
    Mar 01, 2015 3:31 am | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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    The day a courageous opposition leader in Russia is shot dead, HarperCons launch a juvenile trivia contest. Putin must be terrified!
    Feb 28, 2015 6:41 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana
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    Big "Evening in Greece" fundraiser tonight - hosted by Regina's terrific Greek community - proceeds to Palliative Care
    Feb 28, 2015 6:24 pm | Saskatchewan, Wascana

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