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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject: Sask Party to select a new leader in January 2018 Reply with quote

( there will be a new premier of Saskatchewan but not till January )



August 19, 2017 5:18 pm Updated: August 21, 2017 7:21 am

Saskatchewan Party to elect new leader in January

Thomas Piller - Web Producer By Thomas Piller
Online Producer Global News



The Saskatchewan Party will elect its next leader at a convention on Jan. 27, 2018.




The Saskatchewan Party announced that a new leader will be elected at a leadership convention in Saskatoon next year.

A new leader will be elected through a one-member, one-vote voting system on Jan. 27, 2018.



On Aug. 10, Premier Brad Wall announced that he would be stepping down as leader of the Saskatchewan Party once it had chosen a new leader.

The nomination filing deadline for candidates is Nov. 24.

Saskatchewan Party executive director Patrick Bundrock was appointed on Saturday by the provincial council as the electoral officer for the leadership election process.

“The next few months are going to be busy for the Saskatchewan Party, but they will be historic months,” Bundrock said in a press release.

“I look forward to the challenge of leading the party and leadership election organizing committee by running a smooth election process.”

READ MORE: Saskatchewan finance minister says budget update before leadership decision

The deadline to purchase a Saskatchewan Party membership in order to vote is Dec. 8.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saskatchewan
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Jeremy Harrison withdraws from Sask. Party leadership race, backs Scott Moe

Harrison, former Minister of Economy, announced bid Aug. 19

CBC News Posted: Sep 01, 2017 9:19 AM CT| Last Updated: Sep 01, 2017 9:19 AM CT

Harrison is withdrawing from the Sask. Party leadership and is now backing Scott Moe.


Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison withdrew his name from the leadership race for the Saskatchewan Party and premier of the province on Friday.

Harrison said he will back Scott Moe, ahead of Moe's own leadership bid which is expected to be announced Friday in Saskatoon.

Harrison resigned from his cabinet position as the Minister of Economy and announced a leadership bid on Aug. 19.

In a press release, Harrison said Moe — a long-time friend of Harrison's — shares very closely Harrison's own values and principles.

Harrison said he is confident Moe would fight the federal carbon tax, and praised Moe as someone committed to ethics and accountability.

Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Gordon Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff and Alanna Koch are the others running for Sask. Party leadership


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scott Moe announces bid for Sask. Party leadership

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Scott Moe announces his candidacy for the Saskatchewan Party leadership on Friday at Q-Line Trucking in Saskatoon. (MOSES WOLDU/CTV SASKATOON)



CTV Regina
Published Friday, September 1, 2017 10:52AM CST



Scott Moe has officially joined the Saskatchewan Party leadership race.

The Rosthern-Shellbrook MLA announced his candidacy Friday at Q-Line Trucking in Saskatoon.

“I am inspired every day by the people of our great province and everything we have been able to achieve in the last ten years,” Moe said in a news release.



“The Saskatchewan Party’s founding members and Premier Brad Wall knew the potential this province had and that vision is as true today as it was 20 years ago. Renewal is not just about one person, it’s about stepping forward together as a team to stand with Saskatchewan and ensure the foundation that Premier Wall built remains strong.”

Also Friday, Jeremy Harrison announced he’s stepping down from the leadership race and throwing his support behind Moe.

Moe was first elected to the legislature in 2011. He has served as the minister of advanced education, minister of environment, the minister responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corp. and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and a member of Treasury Board.

Moe was born and raised on a grain farm between Shellbrook and Parkside and holds a bachelor of science in agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He and his wife Krista live in Shellbrook and have two children.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gormley: Front-runners emerge in Sask Party leadership


Published on: September 1, 2017 | Last Updated: September 1, 2017 6:54 AM CST


It is an understatement to call the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership race to succeed Premier Brad Wall uncharted waters.

The SaskParty’s new leader will automatically become premier, a far cry from 1998 when Elwin Hermanson was chosen as the party’s inaugural leader over one serious contender in a convention where 3,300 party members voted.

Six years later, Brad Wall was acclaimed by a party on the cusp of forming government.

Now, a field of at least six candidates vies for the top job. And the political stakes are high.

At this early point, the presumptive front runners are Saskatoon lawyer and former Attorney General Gord Wyant and Alanna Koch, long time political insider and the first woman to head the Saskatchewan civil service, as the Deputy Minister to the Premier.


Not to disparage some excellent candidates, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Ken Cheveldayoff, Jeremy Harrison or soon to be announced Scott Moe, but there are reasons that Wyant and Koch are strong out of the gate.

Both are well organized. A winning campaign will have to place the candidate face to face with as many party members as possible in order to win their votes.

In addition to wooing party members on a combination of personality, competence and attractive policy, the candidate must also make the case that they are the best positioned to win the next general election, expected in 2020.

The winning candidate will have to receive the most votes on a preferential ballot where party members will rank their choices.

If the front-runner does not receive 50 per cent plus one of the votes on the first ballot (unlikely in a strongly contested, big field) the candidate with the lowest number of votes is dropped and their votes are distributed to the other candidates on the basis of the preferential ballots.

Hence, it’s critical for the eventual winner to have strong down-ballot support; in other words, being the popular second choice.

While a leadership race is decided by existing party members, a good campaign ground game aggressively recruits new people — not usually party members — who support the candidate and are prepared to buy memberships so they can vote, a process permitted until Dec. 8, in advance of the January 27 leadership vote.

Koch and Wyant have been quietly reaching out to their base for the past year.

Wyant, strong with urban professionals, unabashedly plays his federal Liberal party connections — a move fraught with some risk given Saskatchewan’s antipathy to the Justin Trudeau/Ralph Goodale tag team pushing a carbon tax and still defending their $10.5 million payout to admitted terrorist and killer Omar Khadr.

Wyant is seen as a moderate who can win the big game.

Koch is a serious contender among rural, small town and agri-sector players.

She inspires raving fandom among many people she has mentored and worked with in government or industry, in particular younger women. A lifetime political insider and policy expert, Koch’s Achilles heel is that she lacks elected experience and public profile.

She will also appeal to the many Saskatchewanians who believe that it is time for a woman after more than a century of 14 men in the premier’s office.

In the coming days, as momentum builds, different MLAs will throw their support to various candidates.

There’s long been a debate over caucus endorsements. One line of reasoning holds that each MLA has only a single vote and beyond some minor persuasive or reputational value, endorsements do not mean much.

Another school of thought holds that caucus support can sway party members because the elected people on the front lines best know the suitability of a candidate.

MLAs are also usually good organizers who can campaign, lock in supporters and wrangle support on the ground.

If caucus support counts, it could propel the candidacy of former Environment Minister Scott Moe, who although quiet and not publicly well known, is highly regarded by many SaskParty MLAs and insiders.

The uncharted waters ahead are about to get a lot more challenging in the coming weeks.



John Gormley is a broadcaster, lawyer, author and former Progressive Conservative MP whose radio talk show is heard weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on 650 CKOM Saskatoon and 980 CJME Regina.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Boyd announces retirement as MLA for Kindersley

Resignation of original Sask. Party member comes less than 1 week after Brad Wall's retirement announcement

CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2017 3:29 PM CT| Last Updated: Aug 15, 2017 4:02 PM CT

Bill Boyd during last year's election. He was first elected as MLA in 1991.



Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd has announced he will be retiring from politics and thus resigning from his seat as of Sept. 1.

He was first elected in 1991 as a Progressive Conservative MLA and became PC Leader in 1994. Boyd was one of the original members of the Saskatchewan Party in 1997, pushing for its formation.

His announcement follows a similar retirement notice from Premier Brad Wall on Aug. 10. Wall said he will stay on until the party elects a new leader.


"When Premier Wall announced his retirement, he talked about renewal within the Saskatchewan Party," Boyd said, in a statement.

"I have been the MLA for Kindersley for a long time, so my retirement and a new MLA can be part of that renewal."

Boyd stepped down as MLA in 2002 and left politics for a time but ran again in 2007 and was elected as part of the first Saskatchewan Party government.

He was re-elected in 2011 and 2016.

"I want to thank the people of Kindersley constituency for the trust they placed in me over the past 26 years by electing me six times," Boyd said in the statement.

"It has been a tremendous honour for me to serve as MLA for this great part of our province."

'Now is the right time for this decision': Wall

Boyd served as a cabinet minister in the Sask. Party governments from 2007 to 2016, overseeing various ministries including energy and resources, and economy.

"If it wasn't for Bill Boyd, there wouldn't be a Saskatchewan Party," Wall said, also in a statement.

"Bill clearly feels it's time for renewal in our party and for the Kindersley constituency, so now is the right time for this decision."

Boyd is the third MLA this summer to announce his departure. Besides Wall's retirement announcement, Saskatoon-Fairview MLA Jennifer Campeau resigned in June to take a job in British Columbia. A byelection will be held in that riding on Sept. 7.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harrison and 20 other Sask. Party MLAs throw support behind Scott Moe in leadership race


Published on: September 1, 2017 | Last Updated: September 1, 2017 1:24 PM CST




Flanked by Sask. Party MLAs including Greg Ottenbreit, Bronwyn Eyre, Donna Harpauer, Jim Reiter and Kevin Doherty, Scott Moe announces his campaign to replace Brad Wall at the helm of the Sask. Party. Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix



Less than two hours after shelving his bid to replace Brad Wall, former economy minister Jeremy Harrison joined almost half the Saskatchewan Party caucus at the offices of a trucking company north of Saskatoon to support Rosthern-Shellbrook MLA Scott Moe’s campaign to become the province’s next premier.

Among the 21 MLAs to endorse the former environment minister — who was not initally expected to run — were finance minister Donna Harpauer, advanced education minister Kevin Doherty, environment minister Dustin Duncan and health minister Jim Reiter. The unmatched caucus support led Moe to frame his campaign as a group effort.

“The fact of the matter is that, as I said, there is no one person that is going to be able to fill the shoes of our premier,” Moe told reporters Friday morning. “He’s been the most popular premier across the nation for a number of years and when we have our talks on how are we going to do this … we came to the conclusion that we’re going to do it as a team.”

While Moe did not unveil a major policy platform at his announcement, he did — like Wall and his competitors — come out swinging against the federal Liberal government’s plan to impose a nationwide price next year. Climate change is real, he said, but concentrating on technology in power generation — meaning carbon capture — and agriculture is a better path forward.

Moe was first elected in 2011 and served as minister of advanced education before being shuffled to the environment file. He was not initially expected to cast his name into contention, but rumours began swirling after Reiter — who was thought to be a potential frontrunner — did not resign from cabinet by Wall’s deadline of last Monday.


The Sask. Party leadership race has five candidates as of Sept. 1. From left: Ken Cheveldayoff, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Alanna Koch, Scott Moe and Gord Wyant. Jeremy Harrison, upper middle, dropped out of the race Friday morning to support Moe.

During the lead-up to the 2016 provincial election, it emerged that three Sask. Party candidates including Moe had been previously convicted of drunk driving. Asked how much of a political liability the 1992 incident would be during the campaign and if he wins, Moe acknowledged the incident was a long time ago but said he continues to regret it.

“It’s something I truly regret. It’s also something that’s part of me. It’s part of me, it’s part of the decisions that I make in caucus, in cabinet and in my life — and we’ve made some of those decisions, quite frankly, recently in caucus and in cabinet on behalf of the government of Saskatchewan and made change with respect to driving while impaired.”

Asked whether the involvement of besieged former cabinet minister Bill Boyd in a series of controversial land deals at the Global Transportation Hub constituted wrongdoing, Moe sidestepped and said Saskatchewan citizens have expectation for elected officials, and that policies to protect that expectation remain in place and discussions with his team are ongoing.

Following the withdrawal of Harrison — who declined to comment Friday — Moe joins former cabinet colleagues Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Ken Cheveldayoff, and Gord Wyant, and former deputy minister to the premier Alanna Koch in the race to replace Wall. The Premier said on Aug. 10 that he will resign after the Sask. Party chooses a new leader at a convention in Saskatoon on Jan. 27.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

City byelection won't tell change NDP fortunes


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Published on: September 9, 2017 | Last Updated: September 9, 2017 6:00 AM CST



Vicki Mowat celebrates after wining the Saskatoon Fairview By-Election held at the party's election camp at the Confederation Inn in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix


With all due respect to Vicki Mowat and the Saskatchewan NDP ‘s seemingly impressive 60-per-cent win in the Saskatoon Fairview byelection, winning a riding your party should have never lost isn’t much of a win.

Until the NDP start winning seats in rural Saskatchewan, it will be hard to see how they can can take over government from the Saskatchewan Party.

That won’t happen in the next byelection, or the even the next byelection after that.

With Bill Boyd’s Sept. 1 retirement, the next Saskatchewan byelection will have to be in Kindersley — a seat the NDP hasn’t held since 1971. It’s safe to say it will remain in Sask. Party hands. It may even be the home of the new premier, should Alanna Koch win the party’s leadership and decide that her husband’s home seat would suit her purposes.

The next byelection after that would most likely be Wall’s home seat of Swift Current. It was briefly held by the NDP’s John Penner and John Wall from 1991 to 1999, but has really also been a Progressive Conservative/Sask. Party stronghold seat since 1975.

These are yellow dog seats for the Sask. Party in which any candidate they run will clobber whomever runs for the NDP.

But if the speculation comes to fruition, the next test to truly see if the winds are changing in Saskatchewan politics will come from Meadow Lake.

With former economy minister Jeremy Harrison abandoning cabinet and now his Sask. Party leadership hopes, the speculation is that he may now resign the provincial seat he has held since 2007 to run in Gerry Ritz’s now vacant Battlefords-Lloydminster seat. (Harrison had also been a federal MP for Meadow Lake, so the transition seems a logical one.)

This would be an excellent measure of the political winds.

Prior to Harrison, the NDP’s Maynard Sonntag held the seat from 1991 to 2007. Prior to that, the seat was held by the PCs’ George McLeod from 1975 to 1991. Before that, it was a Liberal seat for 11 years.

But most importantly, it was one of the very last rural seats held by the NDP.

There’s been huffing and puffing from Saskatchewan New Democrats ranks pointing to recent successes in B.C. and especially Alberta, where right-wing party vote splitting afforded Rachel Notley the opportunity for her first-term government.

But in Saskatchewan, you can’t win government unless you can win in the rurals.

That’s something the NDP didn’t do under Dwain Lingenfelter and Cam Broten. In fact, they really didn’t anywhere, taking just nine urban seats in 2011 and 10 seats in 2016. For a party that was also always guaranteed that many seats in each of Saskatoon and Regina, the demise of that urban base has been demoralizing.

This takes us back to Mowat’s Thursday night win in Saskatoon Fairview — an area of the city that the NDP has held for the past 50 years, except for four and half years when the Progressive Conservatives grabbed it in 1982 and the last six years when it was held by the Sask. Party’s Jennifer Campeau. That city voters predictably voted NDP five months after a budget that slashed services and cut taxes tells us very little.

That said, the NDP’s best percentage vote showing in Saskatoon Fairview since 1999 is certainly moral victory for downtrodden New Democrats who were wondering when the bleeding would stop.

Far too many of the NDP wounds have been self-inflicted — the way it goes in politics when you are on a downhill spiral. The era of Lingenfelter/Broten has been a dark period in the 84-year history of a party most known for its commitment, organization and discipline. Whether it has now has recaptured those old traits is debateable.

The NDP’s provincial council is now seriously considering moving up the party’s own uninspired leadership race (Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon remain the only candidates) from May to possibly ahead of the Sask. Party’s own leadership vote in January.

It’s a move that speaks to the bizarre lack of excitement in NDP leadership or the party itself.

That excitement won’t return until we see an unexpected win.

Mandryk is the political columnist for the Regina Leader-Post.


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