Leading off.

Author:Moen, Keith
 
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Regular readers of this space likely already know that I tend to focus on the bright side of life. This view certainly holds true when it comes to analyzing Saskatchewan's economic strengths and potential. As a colleague of mine is quick to point out--using a certain, previous column espousing the da Vinci Project launch as a symbol of Saskatchewan's greatness and potential (a launch that I'm frequently reminded never materialized)--my view may be somewhat skewed by rose-coloured glasses.

I, of course, denounce such criticism as typical Saskatchewanitis, which, unfortunately, is an infliction that has been widespread across our great province for the last half-century or so. Its symptoms include people expecting the worst, or at least, less than what we should. This is embodied in the sort of attitude that asks, "why would anybody want to move here," or, "we can't do that here."

But with recent developments at the provincial legislature, even the most pessimistic of souls would have to concede that we are on the verge of many good (some might even say great) things here.

For instance, I'm greatly encouraged by some of the steps the Calvert government has recently taken. Specifically speaking, their decision to strike the available hours legislation off the books is not only highly warranted, but highly commendable considering this government is as left-leaning as we've seen for some time.

Then, in a move that nearly invalidates my previous comment regarding its leftward tendencies, the government goes and provides a 10-year tax holiday from base payments on expansions of potash mines. This was met with immediate announcements by PotashCorp, Agrium and Mosaic of $450-million worth of expansions to several mines across the province. This in itself couldn't be a more blatant...

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