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Just when it appeared the royalty rates on our non-renewable resources couldn't go any lower, the Romanow government has mastered the limbo.
It's an amazing spectacle, watching a Saskatchewan NDP government perform for some of the most profitable corporations in the country. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the big potash producers had demanded the government lower its rates. When similar demands were made of the Blakeney government in the seventies, the NDP responded by creating publicly-owned corporations in the potash and oil sectors. But when CAPP, the group representing the large energy companies, approached the Romanow government, "they asked for our proposals," according to CAPP spokesperson Sheri Meyerhoffer.
The Romanow government's decision to cut the rates on our non-renewable resources isn't entirely unexpected. The Romanow government has been dancing with pin-stripe suits for years. And they've lowered the royalty rates in the oil sector. Still, it has been tough to watch - especially for social justice groups who have been shunned from the NDP's dance card.
Some of those groups …