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PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saskatchewan NDP's 2016 provincial election campaign reveals change for the worse




Murray Mandryk
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Published on: April 2, 2016 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 6:30 AM CST


NDP leader Cam Broten speaking in Martensville during a campaign stop on March 29. Gord Waldner / Saskatoon StarPhoenix





During the televised leaders’ debate, Premier Brad Wall was presented a golden opportunity for a cutting retort to NDP leader Cam Broten’s “you’ve changed” comment.

A crueler Wall could have easily replied: “Well, your party hasn’t changed … except when it comes to knowing how to run a political campaign.”

This was not your grandfather’s old CCF/NDP — the professional campaign machine that knew the value of core, seasoned volunteer door-knockers in every constituency, built through grassroots involvement that included contested candidate nominations with more than a couple of dozen old guard present.

Yet this still is your grandfather’s NDP, refusing to change its approach and again running on the threadbare notion that its right-wing opponents will privatize all the Crown corporations.





Consider how bad the NDP’s 2016 provincial election campaign was: it lost four candidates in the first week because it didn’t vet their social media accounts; it lost its own campaign manager, ensuring an image of a campaign in shambles; it missed opportunities like capitalizing on the two homeless men bused by the government to B.C., and; it presented a platform that gave the Saskatchewan Party reason to raise legitimate concerns about its cost.

Longtime party people are already whispering about NDP candidates frustrated with this ill-conceived strategy and with an oblivious central office. Terms like “crash and burn” are already floating about.

There is even worry the party will not keep all of the nine legislative seats it currently holds. In the past week both Wall and Broten were duking it out in the northern seat of Cumberland and Wall was nosing around Broten’s Saskatoon Westview seat.

This was just a bad NDP campaign — a cross between a comedy of errors and a unspoken admission that neither the talent nor the vision in the party are there anymore.

One former NDP strategist of both government and opposition campaigns probably best explained what went wrong by saying it all came down to that word “change.”

Elections come down to the adoption of one of two positions, the strategist said. Either things are going so badly that it’s time for change, or things will get much worse if voters do opt for change.

Clearly, Wall’s Sask. Party ads consistently made the case for the latter by reminding voters of the bad, old NDP days.

However, the former strategist noted Broten and the NDP hardly mentioned the word “change” in the context of where an NDP government would implement change.

In fact, the one-time strategist pointed to the sparse use of the word in the 2016 NDP platform: page 10, taxes, “most people will see ‘no change’”; page 11, rental regulations, that the NDP “will review and make ‘necessary’ changes”; page 17, building codes, the NDP would review and “make ‘necessary’ changes,” and; page 29, environment, where the NDP will “do our part to address climate change.”

The platform was slightly more assertive when it came to labour law where it called for a “full review of Sask. Party’s changes” or “reverse Sask. Party’s changes” in industrial regulations.

But as the insider put it, this was “hardly a stirring cry for change.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen this before — the opposition party defending the status quo,” the strategist said. “To be sure, they are picking around the edges, saying they will ‘stop’ or ‘oppose’ or ‘fight’ this and that. That’s what opposition parties do — governments get to change things.”

It was almost as if the NDP gave up “morally and spiritually” before the campaign started, the strategist said.

One wonders why.

Maybe Broten and company remain spooked by both the 2011 campaign (where former leader Dwain Lingenfelter proposed big changes like First Nations revenue sharing) and the party’s own 2013 leadership contest (where many viewed Ryan Meili’s vision as too radical).

Or maybe they were simply too intimidated by the popular Wall and thought the best they could to was to plant a seed of doubt through Broten’s “you’ve changed” remark.

But as it turned out, the best argument voters heard for why the government shouldn’t change might have come right from the NDP itself.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With change in legislation, record advance voting turnout in 2016 Saskatchewan election


Elections Saskatchewan (CNW Group/Elections Saskatchewan) (CNW Group/Elections Saskatchewan)

REGINA, April 3, 2016 /CNW/ - 110,716 ballots were cast in five days of advance voting in the provincial general election, an increase of 66 per cent over 2011.

Advance voting on Tuesday (Day 1) marked a 53 per cent increase over the same day in 2011. Wednesday (Day 2) saw a 57 per cent increase, Thursday (Day 3) an increase of 76 per cent, Friday (Day 4) an increase of 93 per cent, and Saturday (Day 5) an increase of 62 per cent.

The final turnout numbers for advance voting the past two general elections are:






Day 1

(Tues)

Day 2

(Wed)

Day 3

(Thu)

Day 4

(Fri)

Day 5

(Sat)



Total


2011 SK GE

16,096

13,670

11,473

10,974

14,416

66,602


2016 SK GE

24,615

21,477

20,180

21,133

23,311

110,716




"Although turnout levels for advance voting are dependent on a number of variables, we expected and prepared for an increase," says Dr. Michael Boda, Chief Electoral Officer of Saskatchewan. "With recent changes to legislation, this has been Saskatchewan's first general election in which advance voting has been available to all eligible voters solely for their convenience. A reason, such as being away from home on election day, is no longer required."

"The increase in advance voting turnout is unprecedented for provincial elections. During the recent 2015 Federal election, advance voting increased by 48 percent over the 2011 Federal electoral event. Clearly voting in advance of election day is an option that many Canadian voters are embracing."

"Voters initially experienced some lineups during peak periods, primarily in the urban constituencies. Part of our planning involved having backup teams trained with additional ballot boxes ready to be deployed as needed, and we did exactly that at 24 advance voting locations on Tuesday. This planning and flexibility allowed us to meet the increased demand over all five days."

Roughly 1,000 election workers helped deliver advance voting across the province this week. This includes workers in the 173 advance voting locations, and the staff in 61 constituency returning offices who supported the entire advance voting process. On election day, more than 10,000 workers will support the voting process.

"I want to personally thank all advance voting election workers who performed their duties so admirably and with a focus on service and the integrity of the election system. These aren't professional election employees who do this job every day. They are your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors who serve for a very short period of time, once every four years, to serve democracy as a short-term election worker," says Dr. Boda. "I applaud the commitment they have shown to their communities."

The ballots from advance voting will be counted by election officials starting at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 4 along with all regular polls on election day. They will be reported in the preliminary voting results on the Elections Saskatchewan website at results.elections.sk.ca.

Elections Saskatchewan is the province's independent, impartial, professional election management body. Given a mandate from the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, it organizes, manages and oversees provincial electoral events, including the April 4, 2016 general election. Information for voters, workers, media, candidates and parties at www.elections.sk.ca.

SOURCE Elections Saskatchewan

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It appears as though the Saskatchewan Party will win a majority;
It will be interesting to see if this jump in Liberal Party support will cost the NDP some wins in ridings they looked like they would make gains in.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( sask party has won again , not a surprise , was a surprise to see the ndp leader cam broten lose his seat in Saskatoon )


April 4, 2016 11:16 am Updated: April 5, 2016 1:47 am

Saskatchewan Party wins third term, Broten loses seat

David Giles, Senior Web Producer By David Giles
Senior Web Producer Global News


The most popular premier in Canada is back for a third term. The Saskatchewan Party and its leader, Brad Wall, will form its third-straight government after voters gave them a clear mandate to protect the economy and create jobs in the province

WATCH BELOW: ‘Thank you for your support’: Brad Wall thanks voters on being re-elected, talks NDP leader


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For the second straight election, the leader of the NDP lost his seat. Cam Broten, running his first campaign as the leader of the party, lost his bid for re-election in the riding of Saskatoon Westview.

In 2011, former NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter lost in the riding of Regina Douglas Park.

WATCH BELOW: Cam Broten: This isn’t quite the night we were hoping for


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Wall was first elected premier in 2007. In 2011, the Saskatchewan Party was elected with 49 out of 58 seats, the third largest majority in the province’s history, and 64 per cent of the popular vote.

Voting results showed the Saskatchewan Party leading or elected in a comfortable majority of the legislature’s 61 seats against the New Democrats and their leader Cam Broten.

The Saskatchewan Party was also taking about two-thirds of the popular vote.


• Twitter Canada has been tracking tweets about the provincial election using the hashtag #skpoli and #skvotes. Twitter chatter could make a difference for Saskatchewan election

Global News

SASKATCHEWAN ELECTION RESULTS: A live riding-by-riding breakdown of the vote

Most of Wall’s cabinet were elected or were leading, including deputy premier Don McMorris, Economy and Energy Minister Bill Boyd, Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Education Minister Don Morgan.

“I want to, at the outset, thank the people of the province of Saskatchewan who in great numbers went to the polling stations in their neighbourhoods, and in their rural communities and in Northern Saskatchewan and they exercised their democratic right,” Wall told a crowd of supporters.

“They have cast their ballot and for a majority they have reposed their trust in us again. We will not take a day for granted; we will work every day to earn that support.”

Former prime minister Stephen Harper congratulated Wall on Twitter, saying he hopes to catch a football game with his friend this season.




Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose relationship with Wall is a little rockier, also congratulated the premier on his win.

Trudeau says he looks forward to a “continued, productive working relationship.”

WATCH BELOW: What does a Saskatchewan Party majority mean for the province? Political experts weigh in.


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The 27-day campaign featured few spending promises and pared down party platforms.

LIVE BLOG: Live coverage of the 2016 Saskatchewan election

Should he serve his entire term, as he said he would, Wall will become the second longest serving premier in Saskatchewan’s history, second only to Tommy Douglas.

The election also marked a first for the Saskatchewan Party. For the first time since the party was formed as a coalition in 1997 between four Progressive Conservatives and four Liberals, none of the founding Liberals ran in this election.

FULL COVERAGE: Decision Saskatchewan 2016

The Saskatchewan Party still has a long way to go before reaching some of the other political dynasties in the province.

The Liberals won the first nine elections from 1905 to 1938.

The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the predecessor to the NDP, won five terms from 1944 to 1960, and the NDP won four terms from 1991 to 2003.


http://globalnews.ca/news/2616.....-election/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saskatchewan NDP leader Cam Broten loses his seat

Close race in Saskatoon Westview between Broten and Sask. Party’s David Buckingham

By Kelly Malone, CBC News Posted: Apr 04, 2016 11:45 PM CT| Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016 2:00 AM CT

Cam Broten addresses supporters while waiting for results on his constituency in a tight race in Saskatoon Westview.




It was a tight race in the Saskatoon Westview riding where NDP leader Cam Broten waited to learn whether he'd win his seat. In the end, the constituency went to the Saskatchewan Party by 232 votes.

The winner was David Buckingham, who received 49.2 per cent of the vote while Broten followed closely at 46.3 per cent. The win was not announced until almost 11:30 p.m. CST.

The election was a disappointment for both Broten and his party, which won only 10 seats.
■NDP gain only 1 seat in Saskatchewan election
■Full list of winners in Saskatchewan election

Addressing a room packed with supporters in Saskatoon at the NDP headquarters for election night, Broten said "This isn't quite the night we were hoping for."

"This is not the results that so many of us worked so hard for. But in a democracy the election belongs to the voters."

Supporters wait NDP
Supporters anxiously wait for results in the tight race for Saskatoon Westview. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)
■Saskatchewan Party wins 3rd majority government

Buckingham was not considered a star candidate for the Saskatchewan Party. He previously was the mayor of the Village of Borden for two terms and a councillor for one. He moved to Saskatoon in 1979 to pursue a career in the car hauling business as a commercial driver, according to the party website.









Earlier in the night, Premier Brad Wall congratulated Broten on his campaign. He also mentioned that Broten called him and told him to go ahead with his victory speech while Broten waited for the results on his own constituency.

"He has called and graciously congratulated us on our win and I want to congratulate him on his campaign and thank him and all his candidates," Wall said.

It was a tense scene at NDP headquarters in Saskatoon at the Bessborough Hotel where people watched for the results in the leader's riding.


This was the first election for the party leader. Broten took the job after narrowly beating Ryan Meili in a leadership race in 2013. Broten won by a margin of just 44 votes.

"I know Cam Broten well and nobody works harder," Meili said at NDP headquarters on Monday night.

"He's been up against a difficult battle. The Brad Wall machine is not an easy one to overcome."

Meili said there were some positive stories in the election, but he had hoped to see more progress for the party. He said that in the future he would like to see the party focus less on the ruling party`s mistakes and look towards the future of the NDP.

Saskatoon Riversdale NDP MLA Danielle Chartier also said that Broten has worked extremely hard as party leader.

"Cam has been a wonderful leader," she said.

Whether Broten will maintain his position as party leader has not been announced.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its interesting that the polling was pretty close;
The Liberal support didn't show up on election day but the result was pretty clear from the middle of the campaign.

The question now becomes if Brad Wall considers a CPC leadership run now that his party has secured four more years of governance.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Its interesting that the polling was pretty close;
The Liberal support didn't show up on election day but the result was pretty clear from the middle of the campaign.

The question now becomes if Brad Wall considers a CPC leadership run now that his party has secured four more years of governance.



considering the sask liberals ran a full slate of candidates in every riding they didn't appear to have much impact and didn't come close to winning a riding . the ndp remains a strong party in urban Saskatchewan and the far north but unelectable in the rural small town areas that make up most of the ridings .

I don't expect Brad Wall to run for the cpc leadership , I've seen an interview he did with Brian Lilley and it was pretty clear he wasn't interested . although he will remain a strong conservative voice not just in sask but nationally and a strong critic of trudeau .
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( an odd side story of the sask election , its been revealed the first ever muslim to be elected in Saskatchewan history was elected in regina as a sask party candidate )


History made as first Muslim elected to Saskatchewan Legislature

Muhammad Fiaz hopes he can be a role model to other immigrants

CBC News Posted: Apr 05, 2016 5:31 PM CT| Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016 5:31 PM CT

Muhammad Fiaz says he's the first Muslim ever elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature.


History was made in Monday night's provincial election, according to Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.

For the first time, a candidate who is Muslim has been elected to the provincial legislature.

Muhammad Fiaz will soon be sworn in as a Saskatchewan Party MLA for Regina Pasqua.

Fiaz, a small business operator who was born and raised in Pakistan, says he wants to represent all of his constituents, but also wants to be a role model for other recent immigrants.

"[It's a] very good lesson for the immigrants as the land of opportunity," he said. "The sky is the goal, you can achieve it."

Fiaz immigrated to Toronto 20 years ago and has been in Saskatchewan since 2008. He said he had been thinking about running for office a long time.

"I had the plan, but it was a big challenge," he said.


Fiaz among 61 MLAs who'll soon be sworn in

Fiaz became the nominee in Regina Pasqua by successfully challenging an incumbent MLA, Bill Hutchinson.

He'll take his place among the 60 other candidates elected to office in the 28th general provincial election Monday night.

"I'm very excited and pleased," Wall told reporters at the Legislative Building.

"I'm happy that the legislature will begin at least to make small steps toward being more reflective of Saskatchewan, the diversity of Saskatchewan."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.3522279
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
cosmostein wrote:
Its interesting that the polling was pretty close;
The Liberal support didn't show up on election day but the result was pretty clear from the middle of the campaign.

The question now becomes if Brad Wall considers a CPC leadership run now that his party has secured four more years of governance.



considering the sask liberals ran a full slate of candidates in every riding they didn't appear to have much impact and didn't come close to winning a riding . the ndp remains a strong party in urban Saskatchewan and the far north but unelectable in the rural small town areas that make up most of the ridings .

I don't expect Brad Wall to run for the cpc leadership , I've seen an interview he did with Brian Lilley and it was pretty clear he wasn't interested . although he will remain a strong conservative voice not just in sask but nationally and a strong critic of trudeau .


I was never convinced the Liberals would do well, or even win a seat but with polling numbers that were basically 5x greater than the last election I figured they may at least place spoiler in a few ridings.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( another day another ndp leader stepping down , cam broten is leaving as leader of the sask ndp after failing to win his own riding )


Saskatchewan NDP Leader Cam Broten stepping down after election result


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by The Canadian Press
Posted Apr 11, 2016 1:47 pm EDT
Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm EDT




NDP Saskatchewan Leader Cam Broten addresses his supporters at the Saskatchewn NDP election headquarters in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, April 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith




SASKATOON – Saskatchewan NDP Leader Cam Broten says he’s stepping down as leader after his party failed to make significant gains in the provincial election and he lost his own seat.

The 37-year-old says it was a tough decision, but it was the right thing to do.

“For the good of both my party and my family, I believe it’s the right decision at this time to resign as leader of Saskatchewan’s New Democrats,” Broten said Monday at a news conference in Saskatoon.

“I love this province and this people. I love public service and I love my political party … I will miss so much about this life in the months ahead.”

It was a tight race in Saskatoon Westview, but Broten lost to the Saskatchewan Party candidate by about 200 votes.

The New Democrats took 10 of 61 seats in the legislature in last Monday’s vote.

The NDP held nine seats going into the election and had hoped for a good number more to show momentum in the party’s rebuilding efforts.

Broten was first elected as a member of the legislature in 2007 and replaced previous leader Dwain Lingenfelter after he was defeated in the 2011 election.

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