Friday, November 23, 2007

Logging Off

I set up this blog about a year and a half ago as a medium through which I could comment on Saskatchewan politics. In particular, it was set up to criticize and comment on the Calvert administration. Now that the Calvert era has ended, I have decided to throw in the towel and log off. Here's to hoping that Brad Wall will do great things for this province and that Saskatchewan will become the province that NDP rule has prevented it from becoming!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hope WILL Beat Fear

As Brad Wall has said, Hope Beats Fear. I suggest that if you have time, have a listen to Brad Wall's speech, which I witnessed Monday night.

I think we will see tomorrow night that hope does indeed beat fear. That 16 years of NDP rule will come to an end. This is a long day coming!

My prediction at the outset of the campaign was 39-18-1. I think Karwacki has lost his chance and that the outcome will be: 40-18-0. This will amount to a Saskatchewan Party landslide. I for one cannot wait until tomorrow night!

So long Calvert!

Hope WILL beat fear!!!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Another Testimony on Why NOT to vote for Calvert

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dud of a Debate

Like this election, the debate wasn't too exciting. There weren't really any explosive moments or revelations. I don't think any party really capitalized on swaying the undecided voters to their side.

Wall did not seem his usual, charming, charismatic self. He was much more serious and methodical in his approach. I think this was probably the safe approach for him, as he prevented himself from getting into trouble and came off as a statesman.

For all the complaining I do about Calvert I must admit that I was impressed by him tonight. He did much better than I thought. He by no means won the debate but he didn't crumble like I thought he might. However, I do think you could tell he knows he has lost this election and he is paining the loss.

Karwacki was aggressive and attention-grabbing. At the same time, he was a little absurd. I guess that pretty much describes an opposition leader though. After all, Karwacki is just hoping he wins a couple of seats to sit in the legislature.

I'd say that Karwacki garnered the most attention, Wall was slightly boring for those of us who have seen him speak on numerous occasions, and Calvert held his ground. That said, no one won the debate.

Contrary to what most people are saying in the Saskatchewan election blogosphere, I liked the debate format. I think it provided the opportunity for exciting and controversial debate. I mean, can you imagine how boring it would have been if the leaders had to be more restrained?

Calvert Delivers?

The Sask Party has put a website together, which gives more than enough reason why voters should vote for anyone but Calvert and his calamitous lot.


Monday, October 29, 2007

Leader's Debate : Tomorrow at 6:30pm

The leader's debate will be tomorrow at 6:30pm. I'm very anxious to see how this goes. As I've said before, I fully expect Wall to shine tomorrow night. He's young, attractive, well-spoken, and quick on his feet. He will exude the new leadership and direction this province so badly needs. Lorne might be a seasoned political veteran who is no stranger to political debates, but he will represent the tired, old government that he leads. I guess we'll see what happens!

Election Incredibly Boring

I think this is one of the least exciting elections I've ever seen. While some might contend that politics isn't all that interesting to begin with, I am a self-confessed political geek. In particular, I love elections and political behaviour so much that I would as far as to get my MA in it.

Despite my penchant for politics and elections, I have been thoroughly bored in the past few days by this election. By this point, we've heard what the Sask Party will do, we've heard the lame ideas of the NDP, and everyone has ignored whatever the Liberals might have said. We're now at the point where the NDP insists on painting Brad Wall and his team as a threat to the social fabric of the province. Personally I think it is hurting them more than helping them because they're coming off as desperate. One can hope that tomorrow's debate stirs things up and that the items up for debate can carry over into the public discourse. Otherwise, November 7th won't come soon enough.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nothing Else to Do But Fear Monger?

Does Calvert have nothing else to offer the electorate than to fear monger? It seems that is all he is doing these days. Sure, the NDP released their platform yesterday (don't worry if you missed it - few people paid attention). However, it seems the NDP is placing more effort on fear mongering than on new ideas or running on its record.

Two stories today reveal my accusations. The first is Calvert's blatant attempt to scare university students. I mean really, why would students want to ear up to $20,000 back in tuition tax credits when it can pay $1,000 less per year? The thing is, if someone needs a student loan or line of credit to pay their $5,000 per year tuition bill, they'll likely need one for a $4,000 per year bill. How many people do you really think WON'T need a loan because tuition is lower by $1,000. Really, if you can earn $20,000 back at the end, what will it matter that the tuition rate was $1,000 less per year? But Calvert would have you believe that the Saskatchewan Party is "a risk" for students. Nice try, Lorne.

The second story was on the CTV evening news showing Calvert lambaste Wall for preventing the Crowns from sponsoring community activities. Does Lorne actually catch on that it's getting old to fear monger about the Sask Party selling the crowns when they've repeatedly committed not to? Is that why he's putting a different spin on it? It won't work this time Lorne. Sorry to say, but the people of Saskatchewan know better than to trust a party with a record like your own.

Too bad all the NDP can do is run down the Sask Party. For Calvert and company, this campaign has turned into one against the NDP rather than one fought on the merit of their own ideas. That doesn't hold much promise for them.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Calvert is Kaput!

Calvert released his party's platform today to little fanfare, minus the NDP hacks who would have you believe that Calvert might still be the premier after November 7th. Despite all of their spin and wishful thinking, it is becoming more and more evident that Calvert and company will have to start cleaning out their offices on November 8th (although I've heard rumblings that there is already a lot of paper shredding going on at the Marble Palace. Indeed, one must just ask a member of the cleaning staff how great the increase in shredded paper disposal has been in the past week).

Evidently the members of Calvert's government know that the Saskatchewan Party will form a resounding majority government in two weeks' time; they just don't want you, the voter, to know about it. It makes sense why they wouldn't; as soon as people start to realize, en mass, that the Calvert government is kaput, they will be taking their votes elsewhere or simply not voting for the losing team. Indeed, no one wants to be on the losing side and it is clearer each day which side that will be.