Potash
An Inside Account of Saskatchewan's Pink Gold
ISBN: 978-0-88977-314-1
Year: 2014
Pages: 200
Binding: Paperback
$29.95

In Saskatchewan, politics and potash are continuously, inextricably intertwined. The province is the largest single producer of potash on earth, accounting for about a quarter of the world’s total production. The industry has played a significant role in the provincial economy for over 40 years and continues to contribute to Saskatchewan’s growth. Recoverable reserves of potash are well over 100 billion tons.

With global markets currently in upheaval, Potash explores the interface between politics and the industry, the question of returns to the people of the province, and considers new developments that portend changes to the existing state of affairs. Written by an insider who helped nationalize the industry in the 1970s, John Burton expertly integrates behind-the-scenes accounts of the major players, archival material, and interview sources to produce a book that “cuts through the bull” and adds to our understanding of the world’s greatest fertilizer.

CONTENTS

PREFACE —IX

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS —XIII

CHAPTER —1

CHAPTER 2 —11

CHAPTER 3 —19

CHAPTER 4 —28

CHAPTER 5 —36

CHAPTER 6 —45

CHAPTER 7 —63

CHAPTER 8 —72

CHAPTER 9 —81

CHAPTER 10 —97

CHAPTER 11 —107

CHAPTER 12 —135

CHAPTER 13 —152

CHAPTER 14 —164

APPENDIX A: Potassium —179

APPENDIX B: Saskatchewan Potash Mines, 1970 —182

APPENDIX C: Potash Pro-rationing Regulations —183

APPENDIX D: Potash Deposits and Mines in Saskatchewan —190

APPENDIX E: Capital Outlay in Saskatchewan Potash Mines Relative to Plant Capacity —191

APPENDIX F: Analysis of IMC Data on Potash Reserve Tax —192

APPENDIX G: Potash Sales and Royalty/Tax Revenues to the Government of Saskatchewan —194

APPENDIX H: Canpotex Limited —196

Notes —197

References —206

About the Author —210

 

John Burton

John Burton grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, studied at the University of Saskatchewan and the London School of Economics, was elected to Parliament, and played a major role in Saskatchewan's 1975 decision to acquire potash-producing facilities. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Crown-owned Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan from 1975 to 1982.
The Creative Industries Transition Fund is made possible through funding that was provided to the Saskatchewan Arts Board by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.