May 18, 2015

Brad Wall: Here's what's powering Saskatchewan's amazing short-term growth in exports

Rebel Staff
 

Food security is a pressing concern in emerging markets. Saskatchewan is the bread basket of Canada. Combine the two, factor in the leadership of Premier Brad Wall, and the result is the exponential growth in exports that the province has seen in just one year.

Last year, Saskatchewan was singlehandedly responsible for 40 percent of Canada's exports to India, for instance. They export more to non-U.S. customers even than Alberta.

Wall joins me to talk about his winning strategy, which includes focusing on the provinces strengths: along with agriculture, that means potash and uranium.

He also offers some friendly advice to the new NDP government in Alberta.

I'm blown away by what Saskatchewan has accomplished, especially considering its relatively small population.

Brad Wall's province may be the last brightly burning light for economic freedom in Canada.

Do you agree? Tell me in the comments.

 

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commented 2015-05-20 14:07:52 -0400
I am amazed at the progress Saskatchewan has made in a very short time.
When you throw off the yoke of “Socialism” . . . and engage the private sector . . . good things happen.
Imagine if there were enough “Thinking Folks” in the other 8 provinces, BC doing OK today. If Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and Manitoba actually started Pulling Their own Weight?
Canada is easily the Best and Cleanest Country on the Planet today . . . and fiscally sound thanks to the Conservatives.
But I suspect Alberta is going to be in for a rough ride . . . I survived the 90s in BC and know all about the insanity of the Socialist NDP. Houses did get cheaper . . . but when you had no job . . . .
commented 2015-05-18 20:35:50 -0400
If the Conservatives do not make it back into government this fall, Canada is in for a rough ride. Rick, your assessment is probably quite accurate, but Trudeau will also do some version of the NEP to Alberta too, but probably call it the National Energy Strategy instead, because I am sure he is dense enough to think we will fall for it and not recognize it fir what it is.

With the NDP in Alberta now Saskatchewan is the last bastion of hope for this country. It certainly does seem the socialist NDP and Liberals provincially and federally are determined to ruin this country’s economy.

Canada may be turned into another Greece, but we will have lots of pretty wind turbine and solar panel farms all over the countryside! Won’t that be just all peachy keen and cool and stuff?
commented 2015-05-18 16:27:42 -0400
If the Conservatives do not make it back into Gov’t this fall, Saskatchewan’s situation may come to a grinding halt. A Liberal – NDP Gov’t in Ottawa will be inclined to “rape” the province as PET did to Alberta with the NEP. All to buy votes in the “have not” eastern provinces. Because Saskatchewan seems to have more than one iron in the fire, to use an expression, one could possibly see coming out of Ottawa, a NEP, NFP, NUP, all directed at the province. The constitution dosen’t allow it you say? When has the law ever stopped the Lieberals when they are intent on stealing something?
commented 2015-05-18 13:38:35 -0400
It would be a considerable help to all taxpayers in Canada if certain provincial governments that deliberately block legal investment in productive areas they don’t want developed due to their own purely political or corrupt reasons, were penalized the value of estimated provincial taxes foregone by slashing their federal equalization payments. The stance of Quebec separatists, who freely acknowledge they will always obstruct any fracking until Quebec achieves independence comes to mind. The principle should also apply to lesser situations where NIMBYism is at work to benefit the few with political clout over the many who do not have anyone who will listen to them. Useless heavily subsidized windmills and solar power with fat payouts for the politically connected rent seekers but heaven forbid giving a listen to those poor folk and industries stuck paying the piper.
commented 2015-05-18 13:21:34 -0400
Saskatchewan is on the ascendancy. Alberta is now on the descendent.
commented 2015-05-18 11:17:52 -0400
In another Rebel post, “We fact-check UNIFOR’s anti-Harper ad — since HuffPo”, Unifor with less-than-convincing statistics overplayed the role of the federal government in generating economic growth. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall reports how his government, along with help from Harper’s federal government, has achieved amazing short-term growth in exports. Meanwhile, consider what is happening in Ontario, with a “nothings my fault” leadership of Kathleen Wynne as JIM CURIIE points out, that the labour unions played an important role in electing! As LIZA ROSIE points out, “The rest of Canada needs to take more responsibility for the stability of programs in their own provinces”, and one way to move in that direction is to seriously look at “the national welfare that is the equalization payments to the provinces”.
commented 2015-05-18 10:59:42 -0400
Hit the wrong button. Meant to conclude with …replaced the NDP with our current business friendly Saskatchewan Party. I am proud to contrast Brad against the “nothings my fault” leadership of Kathleen Wynne.
commented 2015-05-18 10:55:08 -0400
I am a proud citizen from Saskatchewan and supporter of Brad Wall, far and away Canada’s best Premier. To our friends from Alberta we got to where we are by first blowing up the old Progressive Conservative Party of Grant Device, reconcwiliated the right and replaced the NDP with
commented 2015-05-18 10:20:11 -0400
Good interview, Ezra. The economic slow down due to the drop in the price of oil has had a direct impact on me now. I dread what damage a socialist government can do. Time and opportunity has arrived to look to Sask for employment.

I wish we had Brad Wall in Alberta. Hmmm… I wonder if we can clone him! :)
commented 2015-05-18 10:20:10 -0400
Good interview, Ezra. The economic slow down due to the drop in the price of oil has had a direct impact on me now. I dread what damage a socialist government can do. Time and opportunity has arrived to look to Sask for employment.

I wish we had Brad Wall in Alberta. Hmmm… I wonder if we can clone him! :)
commented 2015-05-18 10:19:28 -0400
I am really glad of these exports its great, but I do believe there is a huge false economy going on. I live in Saskatoon, lost a good job a little while back, no real jobs available, just construction and retail. I work now w lower paying construction job, all I see is a huge flow of “people coming to Saskatoon to build houses for people coming to Saskatoon, to build houses for people coming to…..”, there are no new non-construction office, or non-construction business buildings, these big export companies are not hiring, retail is growing to supply all the builders. I am happy in Saskatchewan but worry we have a huge bubble is building in housing.
commented 2015-05-18 10:16:55 -0400
Brad Wall doesn’t bloviate like most politicians, he just takes care of business. In doing so, with determined focus, he lifts up his province his people and the whole country. We are so lucky, thanks to Wall, that Canada will still have a province that will be to keep this country afloat. Can you imagine Canada without Saskatchewan’s growth right now? The national welfare that is the equalization payments to the provinces, needs to be looked at again. The rest of Canada needs to take more responsibility for the stability of programs in their own provinces. Left more to their own devices, they may come to see the necessity of saying “yes” to resource development, and the value of a good business climate.
commented 2015-05-18 08:33:27 -0400
I have family in Saskatchewan – it is an up and coming province