Nipawin - Monday, February 18, 2002 - by: Mario deSantis


I had a head ache this morning. I understand Timothy Shire's concerns that while Saskatchewan Crown corporations were established to satisfy the direct needs of local people (owners) now these same Crown corporations are unilaterally changing their mandates and investing local resources either out of the province or outright in far away countries such as Australia or South America. We must understand that the public role of Crown corporations fades away as they neglect the needs of their owners and as they export resources out of the province and into the Free market. There is no doubt that the provincial government is following the privatization agenda of the Crown executives.




Today I read an article in which journalist Brent Jang mentions the love affairs with Crown corporations of former premier Roy Romanow and present premier Lorne Calvert. Brent Jang suggests that the Crown corporations should be privatized and he contends
"that the value of Saskatchewan's Crown corporations [such as SaskTel, SaskPower, SaskEnergy] is being eroded as the business world outside the Prairie province embraces mergers and acquisitions."




Now we have been learning on these pages of Ensign and Saskatchewan News, that the mergers and acquisition embraced by big corporations are the symptoms of the malaise of the Free Market. Further, Brent Jang suggests that if Lorne Calvert doesn't privatize the Crown corporations then the Saskatchewan New Democrats will look like left-wing ideologues and would follow the path of former B.C. NDP premier Ujjal Dosanjh. I just want to ask Brent Jang if B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is an ideologue when he is going to privatize the public service by firing some 12,000 employees and cutting the governmental budgets by some 25%.




We are really in a mess, the Crown corporations have de-regulated (privatized) their operations while retaining their chartered crown status; the politicians, of the left and of the right, have no intelligent common sense as they follow their paper ideologies; and journalist Brent Jang is a hypocrite himself as he cannot discern privatization as an ideological economic policy.
  SGI Putting Your Money To Work Outside the Province, by Timothy Shire, February 17, 2002
  Saskatchewan's love of Crown corporations ill advised, by Brent Jang, The Globe and Mail, February 18-2002
  Find out about Albertan, bachelor of arts trained Brent Jang in his Globe and Mail biography