People of Saskatchewan: An Ode to the New Prairie Nation


What would a reincarnated Charles de Gaulle say if he visited Canada in these difficult times?

Long live Saskatchewan!

Long live Saskatchewan free!

At the very least, Prime Minister Scott’s recent feverish dream of “Let me” Moe become a nation for his Prairie province (some might call it a fit of bashing Justin Trudeau, or coaxing for greater federal munificence). ) offers the political commentary, not to mention open mic comedians from coast to coast, a lot of fodder.

“This Saskatchewan government will do everything possible to extend our autonomy within the nation of Canada,” Moe told reporters.

A “nation within a nation,” he said of his cold zone in the great land of heaven.

What if some patronizing Canadians in the center may have greeted the news by asking “Who is Scott Moe?” ” heart cry.

Never since the publication in 2020 of the Buffalo Declaration (that extraordinary manifesto of grievances and the threat of Western Canada) has blood been shed so excitingly in the most aggrieved right-wing parts of the body politic.

Yet Scott “Free-at-last” Moe isn’t the only one who thinks his jurisdiction is a separate place.

“It seemed to us that Saskatchewan was perhaps the mythical nucleus of the country,” Ken Dryden and Roy MacGregor wrote in Home Game: Hockey and Life in Canada. “It’s the land of the great outdoors and winter and snow and ice and not many people.”

Old professor of English literature Edward McCourt of the University of Saskatchewan once said: “Silence and loneliness – the best gifts Saskatchewan has for the tormented modern man. “

And a Canadian no less worthy than Stephen Leacock, who could guess the soul of a place at a glance, suggested that Saskatchewan was the direct work of the divine.

“The Lord said, ‘Let there be wheat,’ and Saskatchewan was born.

Is Saskatchewan a Different Society?

We hardly need to ask. Does another province have the surgical linearity of a jurisdiction without natural boundaries? Is there another province so evenly shaped that even an elementary school student can draw it?

Wasn’t it Saskatchewan that was home to the Canadian sitcom Corner Gas, which takes place in Dog River, 40 miles from nowhere? And Small mosque in the meadow?

This is the province that gave a grateful nation Gordie Howe and Johnny Bower and Rowdy Roddy Piper.

I remember ! bellow Scott Moe, figuratively speaking.

The Prime Minister is apparently fed up with his frozen earlobes being taken for granted and serious insults casually hurled at the proud nation of Saskatchewan.

“Saskatchewan is the only place I’m tired of never seeing it,” English writer JB Priestley once said.

As if English writers never had anything to say worth listening to.

Now some critics might say – but scoffers would, right? – that Saskatchewan was truly distinct in the 20th century when it swung to the left, when it gave Canada the Regina Manifesto, the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, and when Tommy Douglas invented Medicare.

Since the prosperity of potash and uranium, oil and gas tipped it definitively to the right, Saskatchewan has become increasingly indistinguishable from other provinces in its vehement self-esteem.

Still, we hear Scott Moe.

And in case he needs a hymn he can call his own anytime soon, we suggest the folk song “Saskatchewan”, included by Edith Fowke and Alan Mills in “Canada’s Story in Song”.

“Saskatchewan, the land of snow, / Where the winds always blow, / Where people sit with frozen toes / And why we stay here, no one knows. “

Not People of the country, may be. But eye-catching.

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