Saskatchewan Party donors: City of Regina, Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium, U of S, U of R, RREDA, SUMA, SAHO, SARM, SIAST, CTV & Rawlco Radio
More than a dozen
Under The Election Act, 1996 all political parties registered in
The Registered Political Party’s Fiscal Period Return (E-521) includes information on the contributions to, and expenditures of, registered political parties. The Saskatchewan Party returns for 2004, 2005 and 2006 are available on the Elections Saskatchewan website.
Since 2004, the following organizations and institutions receiving taxpayer dollars in some form or another have contributed to the Saskatchewan Party:
SIAST – $726.10
SIAST Kelsey Campus – $257.64
Saskferco – $1,551.28
None of the above appears to have contributed to the NDP during the same time period.
The media is well represented on the list of contributors to the Saskatchewan Party. This would seem to confirm the long-held suspicion by many that there exists in the province a right-wing bias when it comes to news reporting. The list of media donors include:
Rawlco Radio (
Rawlco Radio Ltd. – $1,251.28
565509 Saskatchewan Ltd. (Doug Rawlinson co-owner Rawlco Radio) – $22,903.36
CJWW/Hot 93/Magic 98.3 – $515.28
CTV Television Inc. – $2,586.71
Shaw Cablesystems G.P. (operates Shaw TV local news) – $329.14
629112 Saskatchewan Ltd. (CJWW Radio) – $1,217.04
Communications giants Rogers Group of Companies and Shaw Communications Inc. are also supporters having donated $2,710.70 and $3,291.80 respectively.
The lone media donation for the NDP appears to be one made by Rawlco for $1,392.00 in 2004.
From its inception the Saskatchewan Party has been identified with business. In the three year period from 2004-2006 the party received $1,702,683 in corporate contributions, $1,352,684 from individuals and zero from trade unions. In 2006 alone, 880 companies donated to the party.
The NDP by comparison received $646,670.79 in corporate donations, $2,793,847.67 from individuals and just $60,702.90 from trade unions. A mere 52 companies donated to the party in 2006. By far the majority of NDP donations come from individuals whereas with the Saskatchewan Party it’s corporations. This should put to rest the argument of who controls whom. The Saskatchewan Party is clearly beholden to business and industry.
Some notable corporations that have contributed to the Saskatchewan Party since 2004 are:
AltaGas Services Inc., Areva/Cogema Resources, Bank of Montreal, Brandt Tractor Ltd., Calgary Zoo, Cameco Corporation, Canada Life, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway Co., Canadian Tire, Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers, Canadian Western Bank, CIBC (Saskatoon), Delta Regina, Diamond Energy Services Inc., Edco Financial Holdings Ltd., Edco Oil & Gas Ltd., EDS Canada, Enbridge Pipelines Inc., EnCana Corporation, General Electric Canada Inc., Great Western Brewing Co. Ltd., Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd., Hotels Association of Saskatchewan, Husky Oil, Imperial Oil Ltd., JED Oil Inc., KFC, KPMG Chartered Accountants, Labatt Breweries, Loblaw, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc., M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd., Mitchell’s Gourmet Foods Inc., Molson Canada, PCL Construction Management Inc., Petro-Canada, Pfizer Canada Inc., Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Regina & District Chamber of Commerce, Royal Bank, Sabre Energy Ltd., Saskatchewan Trucking Association, Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Saskatoon Hotels Association, Scotiabank, Shaw Communications Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., Westfair Foods Ltd., Weyerhaeuser Canada, and Yanke Group of Companies.
Some notable individuals that have donated to the Saskatchewan Party since 2004:
Stuart Pollon – Chartered accountant, certified public accountant and senior manager with KPMG in
Trevor Forrest – Executive Director,
Shirley Ryan – Executive Director of the
Tiffany Paulsen –
Gordon Wyant –
Terry Alm – Former
Mark Regier – Chief Executive Officer,
Les Cannam – Past President, Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation.
Carol Skelton – Conservative MP for Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar. As Minister of Western Economic Diversification (WD) on March 24, 2006, Skelton announced that
Terry Bergan – President and CEO of International Road Dynamics Inc.
Larry Seiferling – Partner, McDougall Gauley in Saskatoon and past Chairman of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s Labour Committee.
Jack Brodsky – Governor of the
Donald Funk – Friend of Saskatoon Mayor Don Atchison and former director of LEAD Saskatoon Futures Inc., a political lobby group formed in August 2003 to unseat Mayor Jim Maddin and several left-leaning city councillors. Other directors at the time included Russel Marcoux (CEO, Yanke Group of Companies & Past Chair, Canadian Chamber of Commerce), Coni Evans (Past-President, Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce), Don Ravis (former Conservative MP) and Gary Emde (Realtor).
Dave G. Dutchak – President & CEO of M.D. Ambulance Care Ltd. and President of the
Neil Buechler – Board of director of SIAST and Saskatoon Prairieland Park Corporation.
Judy Harwood – Board of director of the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Saskatoon Community Foundation. Harwood is also a former president of the North Saskatoon Business Association.
Peter Zakreski – Former
Walter Mah – President, North Ridge Development Corp. in
Robert B. Pletch – Chairman, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP.
Brian A. Barrington-Foote – Partner, MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP.
Graham Parsons – President, Organization for Western Economic Cooperation and former Chief Economist for the Canada West Foundation.
Ray Malinowski – President, Ram Industries Inc. in
C.D. (Clare) Gitzel – Member of the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board representing employers.
Brad Sylvester – Former director of the Erindale Arbor Creek Community Association and current member of the City of
Sinclair Harrison – Past-President,
Robert Stromberg – Retired Partner, Robertson Stromberg Pedersen LLP.
Bradley Trost – Conservative MP for Saskatoon–Humboldt.
Lynne Yelich – Conservative MP for Blackstrap.
Tom Lukiwski – Conservative MP for Regina–Lumsden–Lake Centre.
Daniel Halyk – President & Chief Executive Officer of Total Energy Services Ltd.
Holly Hetherington – President, Executive Source Partners and 2nd Vice-President,
Hugh Segal – Conservative Senator and Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s former chief of staff. Segal is a past president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy.