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A Synopsis of False Expectations
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A Synopsis of False Expectations

Introduction & Chapter 1: The Saskatchewan Myth Dale Eisler discusses private and public choice in political economy and aims to demonstrate that Saskatchewan’s self-image diverges from other provinces perception of the province. First, Saskatchewan was created for the consumption of the Commonwealth. Second, Saskatchewan’s self-image struggles with the duality of […]

Allan Blakeney: The Aftermath
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Allan Blakeney: The Aftermath

….Aftermath The Tories kept their promises which were reckless. The deficit was 230 million in 1982 and 379 million in 1984. Devine cut spending on affirmative action programs, closed the Land Bank program, the Department of Northern Saskatchewan was disband, labour legislation was rewritten to favour employers. Devine sold the […]

Allan Blakeney & The New Politics
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Allan Blakeney & The New Politics

The New Politics Blakeney was a maverick, The Arab of Potash and indefatigable. Blakeney didn’t believe in Made-in-Canada (Ottawa) oil prices. The Tories were emerging once again with business donations. Blakeney was on vacation in 1978 when Trudeau declared he would wait until 1979 for an election. The polls were […]

Allan Blakeney Uranium in Saskatchewan
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Allan Blakeney Uranium in Saskatchewan

Uranium in Saskatchewan The CCF had a longstanding social cleavage of supporters against nuclear-proliferation. Uranium was discovered in Saskatchewan’s north in 1935. Uranium went bust once the US stockpile was exceeding in 1959. It was largely military demand but Blakeney didn’t see Saskatchewan as participating in nuclear war; rather he […]

Allan Blakeney Potash in Saskatchewan
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Allan Blakeney Potash in Saskatchewan

Potash in Saskatchewan In the early 70s, the NDP engaged in prorationing Potash setting its price artificially high. Prorationing meant that they had limited quotas which were far below demand in order to ‘preserve the resource’. The Central Canada Potash Company was owned by a Canadian and Chicago company 50/50. […]

Allan Blakeney on the New Deal ’71
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Allan Blakeney on the New Deal ’71

New Deal ‘71 Ross Thatcher called an election for June 23rd, 1971. Thatcher was a grandiose, bombastic public speaker fighting against “little Allan in wonderland”. Blakeney was not TV friendly so the NDP played up the team strategy. Allan conferred with teachers, trade unionists and native leaders who were alienated […]

Allan Blakeney: Promises to Keep
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Allan Blakeney: Promises to Keep

Promises to Keep: A Political Biography of Allan Blakeney INTRODUCTION: Blakeney had the rank ordered license plates of Thatcher’s Liberal Cabinet removed in 1971 because he loved and respected the egalitarian streak of the Saskatchewan people. He believed that politics was an honourable profession. Blakeney was never considered good at […]