“An Orgy of Bad Policy in Saskatchewan”.

An Orgy of Bad Policy in Saskatchewan” – by Alex Usher, President of Higher Education Strategy Associates, former Director of Educational Policy Institute Canada (EPI Canada)..

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. If you don’t like his opinion, please don’t also immediately write it off as partisan. I see no obvious bias in this article, or in his body of work. In this particular piece he comes down relatively hard on both sides.

His reference to Central-Canada obliviousness and Saskatchewan as a “fly-over” province is tongue and cheek, lest that raise your hackles. Even if he was serious, we’ve risen above having tantrums when someone from Toronto pokes at our prairieness, right?

I absolutely agree with every last one of Usher’s words, because they are just so beautifully precise.

So, all I’m going to do here is quote the ones I like the most.

On reviewing all #skvotes party’s platforms –

“Neither the Liberals nor the Greens have a chance of taking a seat so frankly, who cares?”

On the Sask NDP’s platform –

“…they did not even bother to put out a costing document, which suggests not even they think they have a hope in hell of winning on April 4.”

On the Sask Party’s platform –

“…basically says “elect us and the good times will continue to roll”.”

On the NDP’s post-secondary education plan –

“…they also want to get rid of interest on outstanding provincial loans, which is just a whole mountain of dumb since it has no effect whatever on access, and rewards people for choices they made years ago.”

Not only is he correct, “a mountain of dumb” may be my new tag line for this election.

On what may be the real problem inside the NDP’s central campaign –

“…a blanket interest subsidy for people who have already finished their studies implies the manifesto-writer has suffered some kind of head trauma.”

On the Sask Party’s promise to give free money to university graduates for the down payment on their new house –

“If the Saskatchewan Party has done such a fantastic job managing the economy, why does the province still need this financial inducement to get people to stay in the province?”

Something you’d think the Sask NDP would be asking, but again, maybe it’s head trauma.

More on that free money for grads –

“If the argument is that “young people need a break”, why give so much to those likeliest to succeed (i.e. university grads) and nothing to those least likely (those who never make it to PSE)?”

Because we put those least likely to succeed on the first bus out of here, remember?

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