Enterprise Saskatchewan: Regina columnist says Brad Wall “would privatize the economic decision-making functions of government to this new body.”
Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall unveiled his
Delegates at the Saskatchewan Party’s 2005 convention in
In the spring of 2005, Ken Cheveldayoff, the Saskatchewan Party MLA for Saskatoon Silver Springs said the policy is what the party “will carry into the next election to form government.”
In his March 2, 2006, Saskatoon Leaders Dinner speech, Wall spoke of
Bruce Johnstone is the
Investment Executive is
In October 2004, Investment Executive published an article by Johnstone on the Saskatchewan Party and its leader Brad Wall.
In Sunday school teacher preaches radical agenda (Investment Executive, Mid-October 2004) Johnstone described Wall as “the quintessential right-of-centre politician; he believes in smaller government, entrepreneurship and fiscal rectitude.”
“Wall, who served as an executive assistant for Mulroney-era Tory MP Geoff Wilson and was a ministerial assistant in the final years of the Devine government, certainly has his conservative bona fides, but is not seen as fire-breathing, right-wing ideologue. That said, Wall wants to do things differently from the way they’ve been done for the past six decades,” Johnstone said.
On the subject of
““We’ve relied on government to be the driver of economic growth,’’ Wall said. “Government has a role to play, to be sure ... but our government has been ubiquitous when it comes to economic development.”It is important to note that the Enterprise Saskatchewan Johnstone wrote about in October 2004 is the exact same plan that is now part of the Saskatchewan Party Policy Book. The only difference is that no one in the media today seems willing to say what Johnstone said back then – the truth.
Under Wall’s “bold new vision,’’ a Saskatchewan Party government would cede control of economic decision-making to Enterprise Saskatchewan, a joint government/private-sector body that would assume the economic development functions of government. Instead of bureaucrats or politicians,
’s independent board of directors would make the big decisions about such issues as key economic sectors, the barriers to growth, taxes to cut, businesses to attract, and investments to make. Enterprise Saskatchewan
In essence, Wall would privatize the economic decision-making functions of government to this new body.”
Instead, the people of
In Voter turnoff spells trouble for Calvert (SP Nov. 2, 2007) the StarPhoenix editorial board state:
“On websites and posters, at press conferences and in letters to newspapers, labour groups and die-hard NDP supporters fret that a Wall government would force Saskatchewan to join Alberta and B.C. in the trade and labour mobility agreement they struck to expand their economies. The critics also suggest Wall will look to private, “for profit” partners to help deliver public health services, or that he will sell the Crowns.On the contrary, in Calvert pushes tax relief for renters, attacks Saskatchewan Party on trade deal (CBC Nov. 1, 2007) it was reported that Warren Michelson, the Saskatchewan Party candidate for Moose Jaw North, says he doesn’t think it’s fair to say that the Saskatchewan Party would “say absolutely no to TILMA.”
“On Wednesday, for example, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour president Larry Hubich warned that Wall’s proposed
advisory body is nothing more than a front to privatize the Department of Industry and Resources.” Enterprise Saskatchewan
As it turns out Hubich and the so-called “critics” appear to have been right all along.
In Calvert in a tired, old act (LP Nov. 2, 2007), Leader-Post columnist Bob Hughes states: “Time and time again, Brad Wall has responded by saying the Saskatchewan Party would not sell the Crowns. Two days ago, on his open-mouth show, host John Gormley had Brad Wall as his guest. Gormley named every Crown corporation and asked Wall if the Saskatchewan Party would sell it. The answer from Wall each time was identical. “No,” he said, over and over again.”
First, it should be pointed out that John Gormley is a die-hard conservative. He was a Tory MP for The Battlefords–Meadow Lake in the despised Mulroney government.
What Hughes doesn’t say, though, is that the Saskatchewan Party Policy Book makes it quite clear that Wall & Co. only support the four major Crowns: SaskTel, SaskEnergy, SaskPower and SGI.
The policy book identifies Crown corporations and their policies as “non-tax barriers.” And guess what,
The Saskatchewan Party has not released the complete terms of reference for
Wall has not said whether the
Wall has not identified who will comprise the “sector teams” that are to be tasked with studying each sector of the economy to identify barriers to growth for removal nor has he provided costs for
The media appear to be unwilling to challenge Wall on these issues. It’s incredible that it continues to ignore and suppress information that even one of their own has said – and someone with a two decade-plus business background no less.
Thanks in part to Johnstone’s article we now know why.
Here once again are excerpts from The Saskatchewan Party Policy Book:
“A Saskatchewan Party government will maintain
“[N]on-tax barriers that will require the attention and diligence of Enterprise Saskatchewan include direct competition to business from various government agencies and Crowns attempting to diversify from core functions, as well as policies of the Crowns themselves.” [Page 48]
“CC05-1. Keeping the Major Crowns Public – Be it resolved that a Saskatchewan Party government supports The Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act and will retain public ownership of our major Crown corporations as important tools in the provision of utility services to Saskatchewan families and businesses and important partners in the economic development of Saskatchewan.” [Page 11]
“EC05-2. Rethinking Direct Government Investment and Intervention in the Economy – Be it resolved that a Saskatchewan Party government will replace direct government investment and intervention in the economy with…Enterprise Saskatchewan…and…The removal of barriers to private sector investment in Saskatchewan’s key economic sectors.” [Page 13]
“EC05-3. Establishing the Right Economic Development Priorities – Be it resolved that the economic development priorities of a Saskatchewan Party government will be to…Maintain public ownership of Saskatchewan’s major crown utilities focused on the provision of power, telecommunications services, natural gas transmission and distribution and insurance services to Saskatchewan families and businesses at the lowest possible cost.” [Page 13]
“Rather than taking direction from government,