October 27, 2006




Update - A media source confirms: " Just for the record, CKBI ran the story at 10:59 am SK time. You had the post at 10:46. No one IN THE WORLD had this story before you did.
AND, like Drudge, long may you demand attribution for your world class scoops!"

Still awaiting reaction from Liberal MP Ralph "The biggest savings will go to the biggest spenders" Goodale ....developing

Posted by Kate at October 27, 2006 12:46 PM

Did I type in ?


Posted by: Doug at October 27, 2006 1:11 PM

I don't think you understand the word exclusive or why someone deserves credit for a story.

Posted by: Robert McClelland at October 27, 2006 1:14 PM

well, duh!

Posted by: Kate at October 27, 2006 1:15 PM

"I don't think you understand the word exclusive or why someone deserves credit for a story."

You're such a humourless dullard, McClelland.

Posted by: Kate at October 27, 2006 1:18 PM

If only BC would follow suit....

1% break on GST and 2% break on PST in the same year... I might just have a heart attack.

Come to think of it... watch for escalating health care costs in Saskatchewan in the wake of this news...

Posted by: Shane at October 27, 2006 1:23 PM

Now why would Sask do something like that? Lower taxes? I hear the sound of old TC spinning in the grave already. I mean what would that do, besides stimulating economic growth? All you would do is have more people driving around messing up those lovely roads when they move back. Next thing you know there will be a balanced budget and no deficit. If I didn't know better, I'd say there is an election on the horizon.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at October 27, 2006 1:41 PM

According to your timestamp, you beat CJME/CKOM but possibly not CKBI ;-)

Posted by: Saskboy at October 27, 2006 1:45 PM

You're such a humourless dullard, McClelland.

Ah, so it's humour. You'll have to forgive my humour impairment, but in my defense it's hard to tell that you're being funny when you--like most right whingers--consistently yearn for public acknowledgement.

Posted by: Robert McClelland at October 27, 2006 1:46 PM

Can you say irony, Robert?

Posted by: Gussie at October 27, 2006 1:50 PM

The cigarette tax is going up. That's a nifty feature to the PST cut as well.

Posted by: Saskboy at October 27, 2006 1:52 PM

Meanwhile, Dilbert McWimpy, Leader of the Librano Party and Premier of Librario, announced a 5% increase in that province's PST. McWimpy prefers to call it a health care premium and claims that it is necessary because the 'evil' Stephen Harper will not fund the Librario buyout of land that nature protesters continue to occupy. More news at 11.

Posted by: Doddie at October 27, 2006 1:54 PM

Timestamp is eastern time zone, but yes - after I posted it I learned the Prince Albert station had it earlier.

Posted by: Kate at October 27, 2006 1:59 PM

Well, no matter what your political stripe, this is a good move. What I will be looking for though is when the budget comes out. With this and the promise to put all gas tax to road construction (also a good plan), is there money to pay for all of this AND have a *real* balanced budget? If the NDP plunges us into debt because of these items, I'm not going to hold these items in high as regard.

Then again, maybe a 2% cut, even if it does cost us money in the short term, may pay more dividends in increased sales.

Posted by: Todd at October 27, 2006 2:14 PM

I really hate to be the least bit negative about this but, as usual our provincial natural governing party shows it's lack of touch with reality. The big secret has now been released with midnight tonight as the change time. This gives businesses all of 12 hours to get their tills and computer systems changed to conform with the new rates. I am going o go out on a limb and say that many will not be able to get it done. A great day to be a cash register programmer I'd say. I don't know about you, but waiting a week or so might not have been such a bad idea.

Posted by: jwp at October 27, 2006 2:26 PM

Well you can tell there is an election coming soon in Sask. Even the good old NDP are talking tax cuts. Where is the personal tax cut? That's what I want. Like the GST cut the PST won't even be noticed by consumers. However, I will take any tax cut I can get from this slippery NDP government. However, people living in Sask. should watch closely. What the NDP gives with one hand they take away with the other. After having been in office 4 terms and the population leaving the province at an alarming rate the NDP government will need to do more than cut the PST and declare one more statutory holiday to save their asses. They have no idea on how to build productivity and keep young people living in the province. It is time for a change and let someone else have a chance at screwing up the province.

Posted by: hollinm at October 27, 2006 2:26 PM

I canna believe it !!

CBCpravda reporting this as a savings to family not as a cost to government!!!!

Are the bloggers getting to them??

Posted by: cal2 at October 27, 2006 2:27 PM

Huh... 5%-7% sounds better than the 11% we cough up in NB.

Combine it with the GST and we're at 14%.

Hell, Alberta has no PST whatsoever. Huge diff. I pay more than twice the sales tax over here. Plus higher prov. income taxes.

And to add insult to injury (sometimes literally), NB has the longest wait times for health care procedures in the nation. See, higher taxes don't translate into better health care!

Is it any wonder folks keep leaving NB in droves?

Why am I still here? I must ask myself... ah... the future is in the future... plenty of time to work on that!

At least this NBer has hope for the future... somewhere else! The rest of the Herring Chokers can stay behind and choke their herrings if they want! Chokin' the ol' herring while waiting for your check for doin' nuttin'... a NB birthright!

Posted by: Canadian Sentinel at October 27, 2006 2:32 PM

"Are the bloggers getting to them??"
I'd credit the gophers first.

Posted by: Saskboy at October 27, 2006 2:40 PM

As I recall Sask government is NDP and don't the NDP believe that this type of tax adjustment is just plain wrong. As I recall again the January 2006 election the 7 to 6 to 5 GST reduction by the CPC was roundly critizied as NOT the "right" move! Would have NO effect and only amounted to a cup of coffee per day so small so tall!!

Posted by: west coast teddi at October 27, 2006 2:45 PM

Will the Libs say this is ok? They sure were against the 1% gst cut.

Posted by: soup at October 27, 2006 3:14 PM

Pity poor Robert ... functionally impaired on so many levels

Posted by: always right at October 27, 2006 3:26 PM

How's the income trust investigation going, Ralphie boy?

Posted by: Ed Norton at October 27, 2006 3:34 PM

West Coast Teddi

I was wondering the same thing. Does this tax cut not represent a benefit for only the wealthy? Will it not pose a threat to funding for critical social programs? Will this mean crumbling infrastructure like say....roads? Is this not a mean spirited policy decision that ultimately hurts the disenfranchised in Saskatchewan society. Doesn't this spell the end of universal healthcare? Is this not a cynical political ploy? Surely this means that the innocent citizens of the "Land of Living Skies" are in danger of being killed by falling pieces of those very skies!

I can't help but notice that the biggest objection by the usual lefty suspects on this thread is that Kate is jokingly taking credit for the tax cut.

Where is the hue and cry? Will Jack not jet into Saskatoon to voiciferously object to this travesty?

Ahhhh probably not. There I go again expecting something stupid like consistency from the consistently inconsistent.


Posted by: syncrodox at October 27, 2006 3:40 PM

... in my defense it's hard to tell that you're being funny when you--like most right whingers--consistently yearn for public acknowledgement.

Now that - THAT! - is humour! And "fuck the Jews" boy trots it out every time.

Posted by: Mississauga Matt at October 27, 2006 3:47 PM

Syncro: "Does this tax cut not represent a benefit for only the wealthy?"

You don't have to worry about that in Saskatchewan, the wealthy have all left.

Don't be fooled agian Saskatchewan, if you vote these guys back in agian it goes back up to 9% to make what they lost.

Posted by: Ken at October 27, 2006 3:52 PM

Yep, yessiree tax cuts are bad for you; you might spend it on "Beer and Popcorn".

Oh my God, Molson Canadian and Orville Reddenbacher might actually make a profit for their shareholders!
Not to mention farmers who grow hops and corn; but then farmers don't need any help do they?

Where is Scott Reid when you really need him?

Posted by: Hans Rupprecht at October 27, 2006 3:56 PM

I want to know what Jack could a government of the stripe of St Tommy do this.

I am sure there is some key difference in this our announcement is printed in 11pt font and the CPC's was in 12 pt and that will be what makes it different.

Posted by: Stephen at October 27, 2006 4:07 PM

PST cut! I like it! To my surprise, CTV Regina reportes the GST cut and the PST very differently. Tara Robinson should be ashamed. I remember her saying when Harper announced his cut something like, consumers get ready to save! Her reaction for the provincial announcement was much different. She was lifeless. Why the difference? She likes to shop, doesn't she?

Posted by: Sharon at October 27, 2006 4:14 PM

Liberal Ralph actually meant more tax revenue continues to be collected from the biggest spenders.
Proportional to their income, who saves the most?

Posted by: shaken at October 27, 2006 4:24 PM

Tell us the truth Kate...did you and Darcey get to

Posted by: OMMAG at October 27, 2006 4:32 PM

"Like the GST cut the PST won't even be noticed by consumers."

I notice my gst cut every single day when i look at my receipts.

Posted by: paulsstuff at October 27, 2006 4:38 PM

I think it's great that your getting a tax break Kate...

It's a shame most of the would be beneficiaries now live in Alberta... that place where there is no sales tax.

Of course, if they still lived in Saskatchewan, they'd actually have to find something to spend their money on, besides farm equipment I mean.

I thought half the people who live in Sask. are tax exempt First Nations anyway, so how big a break could it be:)

Just teasing Kate... hope it helps!!!

Posted by: Joe Calgary at October 27, 2006 4:42 PM

It's time for oil-rich Saskatchewan to start forking over some equalization coin to crappier provinces, like Ontario for instance.

Doesn't make much sense for Ontarians to be paying 8%PST + health premiums + equalization payments when Saskatchewan is making money hand over fist and cutting taxes. If they can afford to cut their PST to 5% then there's no way around it, Ontario is getting scammed - again.

Posted by: Bob at October 27, 2006 4:50 PM

i hope bob is being sarcastic, otherwise he's an idiot.

but i did have a question:

isn't cutting taxes against NDP policy? like don't they have that written down in their guidebook on how to be completely irrelevant...?

(and just for robert and other humour-impaired sobs: the questions are tongue in cheek!)

Posted by: spooky at October 27, 2006 5:20 PM

Sask be carefull what you wish for, watch every where else. The liberals gave BC a 25% tax cut and the first year cost me an extra $2,000.00.

Posted by: Tony W at October 27, 2006 5:40 PM

putting up ciggy taxes eh?????wait for the law of unintended consequences......trucks full of contraband smokes from caledonia coming your way soon...why not..they manufacture them with impunity...official numbers put it at 20% of all smokes in ontario are contraband...number is probably adds up to over a billion(yes, billion) a year in revenue for the ciggy kings of caledonia...and a loss of 3-5 billion for the ont govt...shades of al capone here kids...

Posted by: kingstonlad at October 27, 2006 6:25 PM

Re Bob's comment "....when Saskatchewan is making money hand over fist and cutting taxes."

Actually, that's the preferred way of doing it out west Bob. You know, as opposed to 'making money by hand under table' or 'making money in anonymous brown envelopes handed to you in seedy restaurants' as the Libranos of Ontariariario and Qweeebec are so adept at.


Posted by: Joe Canuck at October 27, 2006 6:26 PM

Canadian Sentinel,

The NB government's take from the HST is 8%, not 11%. 11% was the old provincial sales tax before they agreed to buy into the HST. I was there when the change was made. NS signed onto the thing to and it works the same way here.

Although the new NB government actually did cut the gasoline tax when it came to power -- the dunderheads masquerading as Tories here would never consider something so radical as to actually cut a tax.

An NDP government out ahead of a PC one in cutting taxes. God, this bunch of clowns sickens me...

Posted by: Ian in NS at October 27, 2006 6:53 PM

Don't worry about Robert, he is just jealous. At least people read you blog.

Posted by: Johan i Kanada at October 27, 2006 7:18 PM

I have to wonder how this plays into the whole "equalization" demand Culvert is trying to pound down the Ottawa rat hole.

How can he go hat in hand to Harper while cutting taxes here at home?

Still, it'll play well in the upcoming election.

Posted by: djb at October 27, 2006 7:36 PM

I'd be great if Ontario lower taxes to offset the stupid health tax, I mean premium, that they change me for crappier health care.

Posted by: Kitchener Conservative at October 27, 2006 7:39 PM

Johan, who couldn't be jealous of all the fine commentors who so so gracefully articulate every day their opinions on Canadian politics.

Posted by: Saskboy at October 27, 2006 8:15 PM

The good folks of Manitoba, however, will get pie in the sky when they die.

"The two per cent cut in Saskatchewan's provincial sales tax will not be followed by one in Manitoba — at least not for the time being, Finance Minister Greg Selinger said Friday."...

.."Manitoba currently has a seven per cent PST."

.."Selinger said the provincial government has its own ways of giving people tax breaks."..

"Selinger added that the province's current priorities include reducing small business taxes by 67 per cent, eliminating the education support levy on residential homes and reducing farmland taxes by 60 per cent.

Selinger said a one percent cut in Manitoba's PST would cost the province more than $150 million in revenue.

As for any future plans to reduce the PST, Selinger said that decision would not come until the next budget, which is expected in the spring."

Posted by: felis corpulentis at October 27, 2006 10:53 PM

Culvert is cutting taxes!! The sky is falling into potholes to fill them up and the Dippers are hiring Kate as their new financial advisor!! Culvert is turning 'green' (with envy) because Kate has replaced the Dippers as the most well "red" voice in Sask.

Ralph will fluff and fuss and 'see some good(hail)' in this tax cut. He reminds me of a fussy old brooding hen. You made us laugh, Kate, and that is always a 'good thing'.yy

Posted by: Jema54 at October 27, 2006 11:22 PM

Midnight tonight.

But what if these guys are lying to us like their doing in the states with income tax?

Google Freedom to Fascism.

Is this proof that there is no income tax act????

Posted by: neutralsam at October 27, 2006 11:52 PM

cant beliecve they only give 24 hours notice.


tax cut seems reasonable though.

Posted by: kmm at October 28, 2006 4:32 AM

When are you folks from Regina going to send old Ralph into retirement? That man has been out of touch with the ordinary folk for a long time.

Posted by: expat at October 28, 2006 11:17 AM

yes kmm. 1/2 a days notice. Because a weeks notice means no TV/Car/other big ticket sales for the week.
(and no extra 2% for the government. They gain 2% on purchases for every day they delay.)

Faced with business complaining instead of welcoming your tax cut and loss of revenue because noone is gonna buy anything big after the announcemet until it goes into effect.... Wouldn't you do it the same way?

Posted by: Barcs at October 28, 2006 12:32 PM

those who mope and whine about the lack of notice should perhaps consider the implications if it were announced that the government would reduce taxes within a week or so. anybody consider what that would do to consumer spending (and the businesses that rely on it) during the lead-up to the actual reduction. there are reasons for quick announcements like this. think through stuff before just spouting off.

Posted by: riannon at October 28, 2006 2:27 PM

those who mope and whine about the lack of notice should perhaps consider the implications if it were announced that the government would reduce taxes within a week or so. anybody consider what that would do to consumer spending (and the businesses that rely on it) during the lead-up to the actual reduction. there are reasons for quick announcements like this. think through stuff before just spouting off.

Posted by: riannon at October 28, 2006 2:28 PM

This still doesn't impress me as past experience has made me very suspicious of anything the SK NDP govt does. I'm still ticked that the idiots raised the PST to 7% from 6 after the election even when they had record surpluses due to oil and gas revenues. Yeah, thanks for lowering our taxes - 3 years after you should have. Where has the extra money from those years gone because I sure know that they haven't been paying down the debt. Plus - where is some action on the completely unfair education taxes on property? Oh, yeah. I forgot that reducing education tax would help the rural population who will never vote NDP. Hmmm - I wonder if this is an election ploy? Duh. No wonder people are still leaving. Time to oust the NDP for a good long while.

Posted by: roper at October 28, 2006 10:55 PM

Bought a couch, chair, and other home stuff...saved enough from the PST cut that my boyfriend and I went out for a nice supper! Love it! Good work Kate on keeping us informed as I don't get the local paper.

Posted by: Kendra at October 29, 2006 11:44 PM