As we speak every single Saskatchewan household is receiving a full-colour brochure with the smiling face of Crown Investments Corporations (AKA the mother crown) Minister and Deputy Premier Pat Atkinson.
The stated purpose of the brochure is to tell us what a great job the government is doing in managing our "portfolio" of taxpayer-owned businesses. The pamphlet also tells us that our utility package came in one dollar cheaper than Manitoba's, giving us the cheapest utility prices in Canada (a 2003 NDP campaign promise). Of course, they achieved this by rebating back on our phone and power bills. The cost of that service probably eliminated the savings realized. And there's the costs of printing and mailing hundreds of thousands brochures.
Of course, they couldn't resist putting in a plug for government ownership of pretty well everything...
"Public ownership of our Crown corporations allows for the expenditures
that are important to Saskatchewan citizens while providing safe, reliable, high
quality services at the lowest rate in the country."
Do the "important expenditures" Atkinson refers to include the useless brochure I am currently reading?
(For our readers across Canada, you should know that Saskatchewan taxpayers own the only bus company in the province. We actually have a minister of buses.)
Countless thousands of taxpayer dollars for arguably partisan advertising becomes tomorrow's bird cage liners.
Update: I'm told that last year's brochure cost $75,000