Conference Board to Review Potash

Today, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that it is engaging the Conference Board of Canada to analyze the proposed Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan takeover.

My first thought is to hope that the Conference Board does a better job on potash than it did on TILMA.

My second thought is, “Doesn’t Saskatchewan have a civil service?” Presumably, the provincial government already employs people who have far more specialized knowledge of the potash industry and provincial potash royalties than a generic economic consultancy.

If the Government of Saskatchewan genuinely lacks such in-house expertise, then it should do some hiring. But one fears that it is not seeking expertise, so much as an external validator.

The Jurist has more.

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