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Sask Party not so conservative.

November 25, 2009

The Sask Party is moving to restrict ticket reselling.

Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan was just on John Gormley Live.  He said that the goal was “to have the widest possible distribution of tickets.”

Why?  Why is this any concern of the government?  Why are they wasting time in the legislature on concert and sports tickets?  This is purely a business issue.  People sell tickets.  People buy tickets.  People buy tickets from other people.  Are tickets sometimes insanely expensive in the secondary market?  Yes.  So what?  Each person decides for himself how much he is willing to spend for entertainment.  I think that tickets sometimes start off overpriced so I chose to not go to many concerts.  I’d rather buy the cd/dvd and save the other $100+ for other things.

I know that some artists are trying to control how tickets are sold and that is their perogative.  That’s the market at work but the government should just stay out of it.

Isn’t the timing of this fortuitous?  Look there at the ticket resellers!  Ignore the whole budget shortfall thing.  Nothing to see.  Go Roughriders!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2009 5:01 pm

    While I agree with trying to put scalpers out of business, I also agree that this is just another convenient attempt to take the spotlight off the fact that this bunch can’t count to four.

    Likewise, the Gainer visit. Last week, the families dealing with autism were chided by the speaker for applauding and told they would have to leave if they didn’t behave. Then yesterday, there’s a guy in a gopher suit, cheerleading right in the Chamber and people in the gallery doing likewise. ‘Course, I guess the Gainer thing is appropriate because after all, there are 38 cheerleaders on the SP benches and no quarterback.

    If the voters let Wall and his gang get away with this, Saskatchewan is in big, big trouble. Welcome to the 80s!

  2. November 25, 2009 7:47 pm

    Well to be fair, they never really got elected on a conservative platform.
    But yeah, this and the Riders are a good distraction and they’d be idiots not to take advantage of it.

  3. Michele permalink*
    November 25, 2009 8:00 pm

    I think that in general the Sask Party is doing a great job but this legislation is something that I would expect from the NDP.

  4. November 25, 2009 10:09 pm

    I wonder if maybe it’s more of a “be seen as doing something on the matter” move then anything else. If people are complaining about it anyways.

    Now, I’d like to find out how to protest the ridiculously stupid new “paperless” ticketing system that Ticketmaster is implementing at Sask Place.

  5. Michele permalink*
    November 26, 2009 12:37 am

    That paperless system is part of the new anti-scalping plan. Sucks for Christmas. You can’t buy concert tickets as a gift unless you plan to give the recipient your credit card to take to the concert.

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