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Past Poll Results

Below is a list of the poll results from all of our previous Poll questions.

October 25, 2011

“With class sizes growing in our public school system, do you think it was wise for the government to cut over 300 Education Assistant positions in Saskatchewan?”

97% of respondents to our poll said NO.

According to our readership on YFS, the next Saskatchewan government needs to ensure that our children get the education and support that they need in the classroom.

October 14, 2011 Poll Results

“Do you think it is fair that Health Care CEOs and other Managers received 30 to 60% wage increases (over 2 years) when front-line health care providers only received 9.5% wage increases (over 4 years)?”

86% of respondents to our poll said NO.

That means that according to our readership on YFS, the next Saskatchewan government should work harder to make sure our front-line health care workers are compensated in a fair manner for their skills and valuable work time.

October 4, 2011 Poll Results

“Do you think 5% of potash revenue is enough?”

89% of respondents to our poll said NO 5% of Potash revenue is not enough.

That means that according to our readership on YFS, the next Saskatchewan government should re-open the royalty structure discussions with Potash Corp.

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Revenue idea merits debate

The StarPhoenix October 15, 2011

The sharing of resource revenues with Saskatchewan’s First Nations is too important an issue to be tossed out during a provincial election campaign, seemingly without any further consideration than it seems a good idea.

NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter certainly is right to raise the subject, which is worthy of serious debate in a province whose rapidly growing First Nations segment constitutes about 15 per cent of the population today and is projected to rise as high as 30 per cent by mid-century. (more…)

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Letter to the Editor: Welcome support

By Nathan Holowaty, The StarPhoenix October 20, 2011

Since the Occupy Wall Street protests started more than a month ago, it has been encouraging to see how Canada and the rest of the world has embraced this movement in a show of solidarity with the American protesters.

Many Canadians who have family members in the U.S. such as myself, (my mother is an American citizen) have much sympathy for the plight of the so-called 99 per cent who have been victimized by a greedy, unregulated and unaccountable financial sector. (more…)

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Letter to the Editor: Tuition shell game

Tuition shell game

By Chris Mulhall, The StarPhoenix October 21, 2011

The Saskatchewan Party’s announcement that it will provide $500 per year and up to $2,000 to each student pursuing a postsecondary education in the province may seem like a great relief to many.

However, look at the numbers to get a full sense of what’s happened to tuition over just the past few years.

Statistics Canada data show that tuition in Saskatchewan for a general bachelor’s degree in 2008-09 was $5,064. After the government lifted the tuition freeze for 2009-10, the fee increased by 3.4 per cent, to $5,238. For the 2010-11 school year, tuition jumped by 3.6 per cent to $5,431, and in 2011-12 it increased again by 3.1 per cent to $5,601. (more…)

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Letter to the Editor – Switch Roles

Switch roles

By Bob Gilewicz, The StarPhoenix October 17, 2011

People are so fickle. You hear nothing but complaining should any government – civic, provincial or federal – propose any kind of additional tax to pay for the services the public wants, such as pothole-free roads, a children’s hospital, community facilities or low-cost post-secondary education.

And yet, when the world price of oil is at a two-year low, what do the oil companies treat the consumer to – increased gas prices. (more…)

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Revenue idea merits debate

The StarPhoenix October 15, 2011

The sharing of resource revenues with Saskatchewan’s First Nations is too important an issue to be tossed out during a provincial election campaign, seemingly without any further consideration than it seems a good idea.

NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter certainly is right to raise the subject, which is worthy of serious debate in a province whose rapidly growing First Nations segment constitutes about 15 per cent of the population today and is projected to rise as high as 30 per cent by mid-century. (more…)

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Tax isn’t a four-letter word

alex himelfarb

From Saturday’s Globe and Mail – Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 4:43PM EDT

Ironically, it is in the anti-tax United States that a conversation has erupted on taxes. Warren Buffett and a few other billionaires helped to open the door, if only a crack, and President Barack Obama made taxing the rich a key means of funding his jobs plan (though it was ultimately ill-fated). In the context of all that is happening right now on Wall Street and beyond, these now seem like small and belated steps. Bigger things are in the air. But the conversation on taxes is now engaged and, judging from the reaction – accusations of class warfare, “no-tax” pledges – tax is a proxy for these bigger things. (more…)

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LTE: Privatization issue

By Joan Bell, The StarPhoenix October 14, 2011

With the media’s penchant for supporting rightwing parties, I question the results of The StarPhoenix and Leader-Post poll that showed the Saskatchewan Party ahead.

Saskatchewan led North America in programs for people: Universal hospitalization and medicare, progressive labour legislation, the arts board, regional library system, first Bill of Rights and Crown corporations that partnered with Saskatchewan businesses and purchased goods and services locally.

Now the United Nations has condemned the Brad Wall government’s labour bills as contrary to human rights. (more…)

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Questions for Candidates Running in the Provincial Election

Printable PDF of Questions for candidates

Legislative/Labour:

Essential Service legislation (Bill 5) and changes to The Trade Union Act (Bill 6) have created unfairness for all public sector workers. It took away the right to strike, and made it impossible to achieve a fair collective agreement. It took away the right to organize, and it invited employers like SAHO (Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations) to waste thousands of tax payer dollars on media campaigns against health care workers. What are you planning to do about Bill 5 & Bill 6? (more…)

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We’re not all ‘on track’ with the good times

By Verda Petry, The Leader-Post July 11, 2011

Was it a joke? tongue-in-cheek? Surely no one would pay for a fullpage colour ad as a joke. I refer to the On Track Saskatchewan ad (June 28). I wondered – for whom is Saskatchewan “on track”? I let my eyes drop to the bottom of the page where I found the answer: Provincial chambers of commerce, Association of Saskatchewan Realtors, Certified General and Management Accountants, Canadian Home Builders Association. For these groups Saskatchewan is “on track”. (more…)

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