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Canada Mandryk: Moe taking on past NDP government record may be ill-advised

17:20  01 october  2020
17:20  01 october  2020 Source:   leaderpost.com

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What made Scott Moe such an effective campaigner during the 2017-18 Saskatchewan Party leadership race was his plain-spoken earthiness.

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a man wearing a suit and tie: REGINA, SASK : September 29, 2020 -- Saskatchewan Party leader and current premier Scott Moe speaks to media on the day of the provincial election call at the Saskatchewan Party Regina campaign office in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sept. 29, 2020.  BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post © Provided by Leader Post REGINA, SASK : September 29, 2020 -- Saskatchewan Party leader and current premier Scott Moe speaks to media on the day of the provincial election call at the Saskatchewan Party Regina campaign office in Regina, Saskatchewan on Sept. 29, 2020. BRANDON HARDER/ Regina Leader-Post

For the most part, it’s a style that has served him well as Saskatchewan premier.

Moe may not have the charisma of Brad Wall who guided the Sask. Party to power 13 years ago, but the current Sask. Party leader’s what-you-see-is-what-you-get approach is likely why he’s enjoyed remarkably high personal popularity and has a lot to do with why the Sask. Party is so far ahead in the opinion polls.

After all, Saskatchewan elected populists like Tommy Douglas and Grant Devine long before the term became fashionable.

In unveiling Wednesday’s first Sask. Party campaign promise — a new Saskatchewan Home Renovation Tax Credit — Moe surely hit that everyman theme.

The Sask. Party plan Moe announced will allow homeowners to claim a 10.5-per-cent tax credit up to a maximum of $20,000 for home renovation expenses incurred between today and Dec. 31, 2022  for “permanent additions” that would exclude furniture, appliances, hot tubs, tools or carpet and furnace cleaning considered maintenance. (Thankfully, we seem to have learned some lessons from Saskatchewan campaigns of the 1980s.) For homeowners, it could be pocketbook savings of $2,100.

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Terrifying though the coronavirus may be , it can be turned back. But doing so takes intelligent, rapidly adaptive work by health officials, and near-total cooperation from the populace. State governments are telling residents they must stay home. Nonessential businesses are being shuttered.

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So it was rather off to see his campaign kickoff press conference Tuesday veer into sometimes incongruent and political answers to reporters’ questions — a bad habit he sometimes falls into when his priority becomes producing clips or memes for their own social media value.

Long-winded, propaganda-sounding answers are off brand for Moe — ineffective at the best of times but especially so in a pandemic campaign.

Admittedly, it’s easy to see what Moe was attempting to do.

There are benefits in reminding the Sask. Party base — and even the electorate as whole —  that NDP times were tougher times. In perhaps his best moment Tuesday, Moe noted that new Regina neighbour of Harbour Landing — an entire city by Saskatchewan standards just across the street from where he was standing — has sprouted out of the prairie since the NDP was last in power 13 years ago. It was actually a powerful line.

But rather than focus on what may be legitimate concerns about an NDP government overspending under Ryan Meili, Moe bizarrely veered into the notion that tight-fisted NDP governments of the 1990s were too eager to close schools and hospitals.

A sure-bet, re-election campaign might be well-advised to steer clear of such overtly political-sounding messaging that draws comparisons between the record of those NDP administrations and the record of the current Sask. Party government that clearly has its own problems.

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Far be it from me something that you say when you are giving advice or criticizing someone and you want to seem polite 'Far be it from me to tell you what to do, but don't you think you should apologize?'

For starters, where Moe and the Sask. Party can gain seats — or, more pertinently, hold on to tough seats like Muhammad Fiaz’s Regina Pasqua riding where he kicked off his campaign — are suburbs where families are living in the here and now. That world is filled with uncertainties related to the pandemic — whether it’s safe to send kids to school, whether jobs are stable and whether you’ll be able to make mortgage payments in the next four years.

Young family voters see less relevance in whether old NDP administrations closed schools in rural Saskatchewan or aging city neighbourhoods — a practical consideration that has always been made at the local school board level . However, there is present-day worry about Moe’s somewhat bizarre “status-quo-is-a-good-thing” message when the status quo includes deficits, debt and potentially tough austerity budgets like the one produced by the Wall-led Sask. Party in 2017.

Credit Moe and Finance Minister Donna Harpauer for being forthright in the 2020-21 budget by saying we aren’t likely to see a surplus for the next term. But consider how this would be bothersome to voters with present-day problems or even those who witnessed that past over-spending of Saskatchewan’s previous conservative government. In the 1980s that government nearly bankrupted the province with overspending and costly election giveaways to renovate your home.

It was an NDP government that cleaned up the mess, so drawing comparison’s to past NDP government records may not be a great strategy.

Mandryk is the political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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Why Scott Moe took until Tuesday to reach out to the sons of Jo-Anne Balog — the woman who died in a traffic fatality he caused in 1997 — is one of of those questions more easily answered in hindsight. He probably should have apologized back then. Sources close to him said Tuesday he was told at the time contact with the family in the circumstances would be unwelcome and inappropriate. He wasn’t the premier then. He was a 23-year-old coming off an underage DUI five years earlier — and a second DUI charge after a 1994 incident which was stayed. The public needs to know about these issues and needs to know the whole story.

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