Saskatchewan Economic Priorities: Education, then Lower Taxes, and not more Phoney Research

Nipawin - July 11, 2000 - By: Mario deSantis and reviewed by James deSantis

assessing our economic and social performance

We must be careful about being complacent and rejoice to the news that Canada is again number
one in standard of living(1) after being ranked 30 with respect to its health care system(2). The
most important consideration in assessing our economic and social performance doesn't come
from the ranking of our status by Statistics Canada nor from the United Nations; we must look
at ourselves in the mirror and we will find the answer, that is what we need is to put more value to
our common sense and less value to the ongoing reductionist statistics of economic performance.


Canada's real personal income has decreased by 5% i n the last 10 years, while the United States'
real personal income has increased by 13% (3). Today, the gap between the Canadian and US
personal income is some US$6,000 (CND$9,000) and therefore we must recognize that this
economic under achievement is mainly the result of regressive and outdated economic policies
of our federal and provincial governments. And our comparative under achievement doesn't limit
to the US, in fact France has been growing three times faster, Norway six times faster and Ireland
  eighteen times faster.


Ireland has become the fastest growing economy in Europe and its social and economic policies
are today taken as an example to follow by any other country. Lower taxes, foreign investments,
research and education have been the main strategic componen ts for the economic growth of


In Canada , we have always pursued economic growth by attracting foreign capital, and therefore
in the last budget an effort was put to improve our higher educational system by announcing the
creation of 2,000 research chairs. In accordance to many politicians and economists what is left is
to pursue the cutting of personal and corporate taxes. The creation of 2000 research chairs at the
expense of improving the basic education of our youth is a debatable economic decision, and if we
consider Ireland, we must point out that this country began to pour money into basic education in
the 60's and only after that they put money into research and development.


If we refer to Saskatchewan, the cutting of personal or corporate taxes will not do, by itself, the trick
to spur economic growth, especially so when one considers the tremendous and futile funding in
research(5) at the expense of providing better education for our young children and our university

people live in poverty

Most of our aboriginal people live in poverty, and their percentage of the population is expected to
rise from the present 14% to 45% by the year 2045 and unless we focus on the needs of these
people we will become a socially bankrupt province. Eric Cline, Minister of Finance for
Saskatchewan, has been trumpeting economic growth for the last nine years(7), yet our real
economic growth has been decreasing and deteriorating, and our a boriginal people are continuing
to suffer in silence the consequences of these governmental policies. The highest economic priority
of this province is education, then lower taxes , and certainly not the phoney research presently
carried out by our universities.
----------References and Endnotes:
  CANADA'S ECONOMY IN THE NEWSPAPERS, by Brian K. MacLea n, MacLean's Economic Policy Page
  Articles by Mario deSantis published by Ensign http://www


Canada's No. 1, United Nations says, Steven Edwards, National Post, June 29, 2000


The Rubbish of the WHO's Ranking and Saskatchewan Health, by Mario deSantis, June 25, 2000


CANADA'S STANDARD OF LIVING: WHY DO WE LAG BEHIND THE U.S.? Productivity is only part of the problem, Marc LE9vesque, Ruth Getter, May 26, 1999, Toronto Dominion Bank


It takes more than a simple tax cut and the luck of the Irish, Madelaine Drohan, Globe and Mail, July 4, 2000


Research, Reputations and Responsibility, by Timothy Shire, July 2, 2000


Honourable Eric Cline has not balanced the budget yet, he forgot our school-children, by Mario deSantis, April 2, 2000


Budget Address: A Plan forGrowth and Opportunity, Honourable Eric Cline, Minister of Finance, Government of Saskatchewan, March, 2000