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Softwood lumber the latest issue for Ritz to deal with

News that the U.S. Department of Commerce had imposed countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports had Ritz as well as Randy Hoback, Official Opposition...

Little Canada 150 funding in Conservative ridings

The fund will also go to “A limited number of high impact, large-scale projects that are national in scope will also be supported through the...

Another year the CWB will be missed

No matter what you may have heard from Conservative apologists, grain companies will not ship through a terminal which they do not own, not unless...

Convention demands a referendum on electoral reform

TORONTO, Ont. — The Trudeau government wants to change the way Canadians elect their federal government, apparently without first specifically consulting Canadians via referendum. Yet...

Fort St. John's pro-LNG campaign example of real social licence

FSJ for LNG has the support of Liberal MLA Pat Pimm and Conservative MP Bob Zimmer. The FSJ for LNG organizers say they need to...

Wall a leader

Ruth Ellen Brosseau, NDP agriculture critic, came to the meeting to discuss the situation. The premier's response via twitter was not about any agriculture point,...

Ritz favours motion supporting energy sector

The office of Battlefords-Lloydminster Conservative MP Gerry Ritz has issued a statement in favour of a motion supporting the energy sector and Energy East pipeline.

Replacing voting system will take careful research

Yet Conservative MP Randy Hoback writes not having a referendum would be "profoundly undemocratic.” I suggest we remember we have a representative democracy. We vote...

Ritz welcomes U.S. moves towards repeal of COOL

Ritz, the Conservatives' International Trade critic, and agriculture critic Chris Warkentin supported the repeal efforts in a press release Dec. 16. But Ritz, a longstanding...

Election race in Battlefords-Lloydminster draws to a close

With Green candidate Mikaela Tenkink also on the ballot, four candidates were competing to be the main opponent to Conservative Gerry Ritz, whose nomination had...

First election for voters in Carlton Trail-Eagle Creek

Saskatoon-Humboldt was represented in the last House by Conservative MP Brad Trost. Trost is seeking re-election in Saskatoon-University, which includes the urban portion of his...

Green Party running Tentink

With her nomination, the Greens now have a full slate of candidates in Saskatchewan. It brings to four the number of nominated candidates in Battlefords-Lloydminster.

In Election 2015, all the action is elsewhere

2 the only party in Battlefords-Lloydminster that had a candidate officially nominated in this race was, that's right, the Conservatives and Gerry Ritz. None of...

Ritz scheduled for federal agriculture leaders debate

iPolitics.ca (subscription)The other 2015 party representatives are all sitting MPs, including NDP agriculture critic Malcolm Allen of Welland (running in Niagara Centre), Liberal agriculture critic...

Ritz should resign as candidate

I have been a supporter of the Conservative Party both financially and voter-wise for many years. In the current election I am most disappointed with...

Trudeau may not be ready, but neither is Mulcair

On the election trail, in the Battlefords Lloydminster riding, Conservative Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz now has competition. To start with, there was no one...

NDP to nominate federal candidate Aug. 16

... to be their candidate, but he withdrew in June due to controversy over a posting on his Facebook page. As of the election call...

Ho hum campaign in Battlefords-Lloydminster

So, with the writ dropped, Canadians can look forward to 11 weeks of electioneering. I guess we're down to 10 and a half, but there...

Huge fire burns 12000 acres of pasture land

Linda Yuskiw and Lorraine Olinyk presented the Borden students from Grades 2-6 and one student in Grade 10 with their awards and treats, April 24.

Ritz supports Econ Action Plan 2015; dissenting view from opposition

In the wake of the announcement of the federal budget in Ottawa last week, Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz has voiced support for the federal budget,...

Federal MPs must request themselves the amendment of daily prayer in House

Certain federal politicians such as Green party Leader Elizabeth May and NDP MP Francoise Boivin said the prayer should be amended to remove references to...

Government on hot seat about dying Alberta man denied CPP disability benefits

McClure, meantime, was also contacted by Health Minister Rona Ambrose's office on Thursday. The former fitness instructor's community of Spruce Grove is in Ambrose's riding,...

Ritz votes for air strikes on ISIS

Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz has made known his support for Canada's participation in a combat role against ISIS. Ritz was part of the Conservative majority...

Permanent homeless shelter to be operated by Lighthouse

Swindler had emphasized the community's need for a stabilization/detox centre at a recent round table discussion hosted by MP Wayne Easter, Liberal critic for public...

Addictions, mental health issues must be addressed to reduce crime: round table

While last week's round table meeting with MP Wayne Easter, Liberal critic for public safety and emergency preparedness drew a variety of comments from all...

Lamoureux new Liberal leader in Saskatchewan

He is from Regina and has a background in the construction industry. Liberal politics also runs in the family: his brother is Kevin Lamoureux, a...

Lamoureux new Liberal leader in Saskatchewan

He is from Regina and has a background in the construction industry. Liberal politics also runs in the family: his brother is Kevin Lamoureux, a...

Lamoureux new Liberal leader in Saskatchewan

He is from Regina and has a background in the construction industry. Liberal politics also runs in the family: his brother is Kevin Lamoureux, a...

Addictions, mental health issues must be addressed to reduce crime: round table

While last week's round table meeting with MP Wayne Easter, Liberal critic for public safety and emergency preparedness drew a variety of comments from all...

Lamoureux new Liberal leader in Saskatchewan

He is from Regina and has a background in the construction industry. Liberal politics also runs in the family: his brother is Kevin Lamoureux, a...