Saskatchewan's Finance Minister 'Talking Nonsense!'
Even small 'c' conservative business columnists are chastising the Brad Wall government for their fiscal game playing:
"If you believe Finance Minister Rod Gantefoer, Saskatchewan just had the fastest recession in history.
Asked by Saskatoon StarPhoenix legislative reporter James Wood earlier this week whether Saskatchewan was in a recession, Gantefoer responded: "No. Well, the country's in a recession, North America is probably in a recession ... While our positive growth is pretty minuscule, it's still positive. So technically we're not."
By Tuesday, Gantefoer was in full retreat: "By the end of the year, we will be in a recession," he told reporters.
By Thursday, Gantefoer had done a complete about-face and was back on the offensive. "Saskatchewan is not going into a recession, we're coming out of one," Gantefoer said in question period.
Let me get this straight.
In the space of a week, Saskatchewan went from being technically not in a recession, to being in a recession by year-end, to coming out of a recession. [...]
For Gantefoer to claim that Saskatchewan was "technically not in recession'' as late as this week is disingenuous, at best, and misleading, at worst.
Photo by Don Healy - courtesy Saskatoon Star Phoenix