Nipawin - Saturday, August 26, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis


We have been saying for a long time that the keeping and the publishing of GDP statistics have no sound relevancy to appreciate our well being. We have been saying all along in our writing that Roy Romanow has downsized the people and the economy of Saskatchewan. We have been saying all along that our leadership is obsessed by a linear mentality looking for numbers to substantiate our economic growth and our scientific wisdom.




We must stop the number game played by our hegemonic leadership of any political colour. We are experiencing the devastating results of neoclassical political economics all over the globe and we hear our patriot Prime Minister Jean Chretien wanting to share Alberta's wealth for all Canadians while his Shawinigan's businesses get federal welfare and go bankrupt.




We need political and social changes, and I realize now that such changes cannot occur within our institutional settings; needed changes can only occur within the exercise of our own civic responsibilities.



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And listen to these latest news about Saskatchewan. The Saskatoon police is telling people that the streets are unsafe at night, while Statistics Canada is hailing Saskatchewan as the province with the third highest productivity rate (GDP per job) at $54,000 a mere $2,000 behind Ontario's, while experiencing the highest productivity in the extraction of natural resources.




Let us stop the GDP number game, let us change the linear mentality of our leadership, let us have our streets safe for all, and this is our civic responsibility as our governments and businesses are working to produce bigger numbers at the expense of people's lives.


  Related social and economic articles published by Ensign
  Firm in PM's riding goes under despite $618,000 in federal aid, Andrew McIntosh, National Post, August 25, 2001
  Youth crime a growing problem in Saskatoon, CBC Saskatchewan, August 24, 2001
  Interprovincial productivity differences: 1996-97, The Daily. Friday, August 24, 2001