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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RCO wrote:
Progressive Tory wrote:
I think this election could get close.

I'm not sure it sounds like the only seats in play are in regina or Saskatoon , ndp in Saskatchewan has a bad history in the rural areas and sask party has strong support there . brad wall also remains the most popular of the 2 main leaders . of course with oil down in price the economy is not as booming as last election so that may be a factor as well . the 2 unpopular existing ndp governments alberta and Manitoba that border Saskatchewan may also work against the sask ndp .

There's 26 seats in Saskatoon and Regina. 61 seats in total.
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cosmostein wrote:
My expectation is the NDP will gain some seats;
But the surge in popularity of the Liberals (from less than 1% on election day 2011 to nearly 7% based on polling) may halt any momentum to shift the ruling party,.

Liberals are also running a full slate I believe. Last election they were polling 6% - 8% in some polls but they ran so few candidates that it didn't matter.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( rural issues still dominate Saskatchewan with all main leaders participating in an agriculture debate )

Upcoming Saskatchewan election debate to focus on agriculture

Regina, SK, Canada / 620 CKRM

Christina Cherneskey

March 14, 2016 07:18 am

Representatives from five political parties in Saskatchewan have accepted invitations to take part in an agricultural debate leading up to next month’s provincial election.

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and the Western Producer have teamed up to host “Why Ag Matters — An Agricultural Dialogue” in Saskatoon on March 22nd.

The event will be live-streamed through the Western Producer website and online participants will be able to participate via Twitter.

The event will be rebroadcast on Access and Shaw cable T-V networks at a later date.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( its not just years old social media posts making the news , but years if not decades old criminal offences , I'm sure with so many candidates running some have other past offences as well that happened years ago )

Saskatchewan election: 5 candidates have impaired driving convictions

Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, March 14, 2016 4:09PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, March 14, 2016 8:30PM EDT

REGINA -- Politics overtook policy as the second week of the campaign for the April 4 Saskatchewan election got underway Monday.

Premier Brad Wall defended three of his party's candidates who have drunk driving convictions, while NDP Leader Cam Broten fielded questions about replacing four of his hopefuls over inappropriate social media posts.

Wall said the convictions were many years ago and the candidates fully disclosed them.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks to the media at the UN climate change summit, in Le Bourget, France, on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

"We make a decision on a case-by-case basis about what the person's done to turn things around, how they've contributed since, and in these three instances we're more than comfortable ... having them as candidates," Wall said in Saskatoon.

One of the candidates is Advanced Education Minister Scott Moe in Rosthern-Shellbrook, who Wall says disclosed his conviction before the 2011 provincial election. The Saskatchewan Party says Moe's offence occurred in 1992 when he was 18 years old.

Eric Olausson, a Saskatoon city councillor who is running in the constituency of Saskatoon University, was convicted in 1992 and 1993.

Terry Dennis, who is vying for a seat in Canora-Pelly, has one conviction from 1979 and another from 2001. At the time of the second conviction, Dennis was mayor of Canora.

"We asked ourselves the question: If the people of Canora are prepared to re-elect (Dennis) four times as the mayor of Canora, how would we then disqualify him as a candidate to become the MLA for the people of Canora and the surrounding area?" said Wall.

"The point is the vetting worked and we were able to make a decision based on what Terry fully disclosed, not just to us by the way, but to the community."

Late Monday afternoon, the NDP released a statement saying two of its candidates also had impaired driving convictions.

"Two candidates -- Dwayne Lasas and Lyle Whitefish -- each had incidents years ago which resulted in summary offences for driving while impaired and each paid a fine," a spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

"Both of the men disclosed these offences to the party prior to their nominations and have agreed to have this information released.

"While we do not condone driving while impaired, both of these men are clear that they regret their actions, and will never do it again. We believe them and are further assured by their actions since."

Checking out a candidate's background became an issue last week when the NDP lost candidates over inappropriate social media comments.

One candidate was removed Thursday and another resigned Friday over Facebook posts. Another two were given the boot on the weekend after NDP Leader Cam Broten directed his campaign team to take a closer look at the online accounts of the party's candidates.

Broten also fired campaign chair Frank Quennell, a former justice minister, for not properly vetting candidates.

"I failed to anticipate and prepare for a Saskatchewan Party attack which allowed a major distraction to a campaign that should be about issues and ideas," Quennell said in his own Facebook post.

"Cam Broten made the right decision to hold me accountable and to publicly set out the changes that were being made to his team."

Four women have been named to replace the ousted candidates. Broten said that means there are now more women than men running for the NDP.

Both leaders tried to stay on message while fielding questions Monday.

"Some may want this campaign to spiral down into a discussion about tweets and pasts. What I'm focused on is the present reality that Saskatchewan people face and what Saskatchewan families face," Broten said at an event in Regina.

"I think that's what people in this province want the election to be about."

He announced that the NDP would implement a small tax cut for middle-class families while increasing taxes one per cent for people earning more than $175,000 a year.

Wall said a re-elected Saskatchewan Party government would allow anyone receiving benefits under the graduate retention program to use up to $10,000 for a down payment on a home.

"It's a campaign and so there will be politics and there will be policy," Wall said. "It's up to each campaign to also be proposing what their ideas are for the future."


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the ndp are releasing their platform early in the campaign )

March 17, 2016 8:19 pm Updated: March 18, 2016 2:54 pm
Sask. NDP election platform features cuts and re-allocation

Joel-Senick By Joel Senick
Anchor / Reporter Global News

WATCH ABOVE: The New Democrats made a big splash on the campaign trail today unveiling the party’s complete platform, while the SaskParty talked health care. Joel Senick has details from the NDP briefing.

SASKATOON – The Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) will make deep cuts in consultant fees and contractor costs in order to re-direct more than $100 million to other expenditures if elected, according to a platform plan laid out Thursday in Saskatoon.

In remarks to a crowd of supporters, NDP Leader Cam Broten called his party’s platform “a plan that won’t change what is working, but will fix what is wrong.”

Global News

FULL COVERAGE: Decision Saskatchewan 2016

“I will choose the services that we count on over the entitlements and the wasteful spending that we have seen the Sask Party choose,” said Broten to reporters after the campaign announcement.

Broten plans to cut $178 million in first year

The NDP platform plan promises roughly $178 million in cuts during their first year of government and would re-allocate $122 million to other areas of spending. The figure includes roughly $59 million in consultant fees and $26 million in contractor spending that would be slashed.

The plan also calls for reducing the number of staffers for the premier by 15 per cent and the number of cabinet ministers by three.

Deep cuts would also be made by reducing health administration spending and ending the government’s Lean program.

Spending laid out over four years

With the money the NDP claims they will save from their cuts, Broten outlined a number of areas that would receive additional funds.

The plan calls for hiring 300 more teachers and educational assistants over four years. Roughly $106 million would also go towards hiring front-line health care staff.

A Saskatchewan party official says “at first glance many promises are not costed … Saskatchewan taxpayers can’t afford the NDP irresponsible spending promises.”

“These are fully costed and based on the best predictions in terms of what will happen with the economy that auditors and have looked at and approved in terms of projections,” said Broten.

The NDP says their plan will put the province in a $189.4 million deficit during their first year, before shifting to a $32.6 million surplus in year two.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

March 17, 2016 7:38 pm Updated: March 17, 2016 7:40 pm

Former Sask. Party MLA running as independent in Kindersley

David Baxter joined the Global Regina news team in August 2015. By David Baxter
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Fromer Sask Party MLA Jason Dearborn is running as an independent in his former riding, Kindersley.

Fromer Sask Party MLA Jason Dearborn is running as an independent in his former riding, Kindersley.

Dave Parsons/Global News

REGINA – A former Saskatchewan Party MLA is seeking a return to the legislature, but this time as an independent candidate.

Jason Dearborn announced his candidacy for the Kindersley riding on Thursday afternoon.

It’s the same riding he held from 2002-2007, which was then represented by Minister Responsible for the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) Bill Boyd. Boyd is running for re-election in the Kindersley riding.

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Dearborn said he’s running “under some reluctance” because he retired from public life after choosing not to seek re-election in 2007.

He added he became an independent candidate because many people in Kindersley have called him with concerns Boyd’s involvement in the controversial land deal involving land for the Regina Bypass near the GTH.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan government fends off NDP call for judicial inquiry on land deal

“There’s that, and there’s a number of issues that he’s had with various portfolios, and the utilization of the government jet 279 times in the last session simply does not sit well with the people at home,” Dearborn said outside the Saskatchewan legislature.

Dearborn also filed a statement with the RCMP commercial crime unit, calling for an investigation into the GTH land deal.

While Dearborn has past ties to the Sask Party, he said he doesn’t know what his working relationship with them will be if elected.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( its unclear how the liberals and greens both running near full slates will affect the race , i'm assuming they both didn't always run that many , there is also 18 pc party candidates running ? )

Record number of candidates running in Sask. election

Elections Saskatchewan
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CTV Saskatoon
Published Saturday, March 19, 2016 6:33PM CST

A record number of candidates are running in the province’s upcoming election, according to Elections Saskatchewan.

A total of 268 candidates were registered as of Saturday afternoon at the election body’s nomination deadline. The number is up by 77 from the 2011 Saskatchewan election and 18 higher than the previous record, set in 1982, of 250 candidates.

“An individual placing their name on the ballot is an important act of public participation that deserves our respect,” Michael Boda, Elections Saskatchewan chief electoral officer, said in a media release.

“While only 61 individuals will be elected Members of the Legislative Assembly, the record number of candidates participating in this election is a clear indicator of the health of democracy in our province.”

The Saskatchewan Party, New Democratic Party and Liberal Party all have 61 candidates in the race, while the Green Party has put forward 58 people. The Progressive Conservative Party is running 18 candidates, the Western Independence Party has four candidates on the ballot, and five people are running as independents.

A full list of candidates can be found on Elections Saskatchewan’s site.

Saskatchewan’s election is set for April 4.


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Rainy day fund, debt reduction included in Saskatchewan Party platform

Brad Wall says if elected, they predict a balanced budget by 2017-18

CBC News Posted: Mar 19, 2016 1:30 PM CT| Last Updated: Mar 19, 2016 4:53 PM CT


Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall releases election campaign platform 0:55

The Saskatchewan Party released its full election platform on Saturday, promising to "keep Saskatchewan strong" by rebuilding a rainy day fund and paying down debt.

Over the past few weeks, the party has made a number of policy announcements, including the Highways 2020 Plan to repair more of Saskatchewan's highways, a plan to help graduates purchase their first home and individualized funding for young children with autism spectrum disorder.
■Use Vote Compass to compare the party positions ahead of Saskatchewan's election

Now the party is adding to those commitments, saying it will use oil revenues to put $500 million in the province's rainy day fund when the price of oil exceeds $75 U.S. per barrel. In a release, the Sask. Party explained that when the Growth and Financial Security Fund gets to that amount, oil revenues received by the province will then be dedicated to debt repayment.

'It's easy to make a lot of promises. The challenge is keeping them within a fiscally responsible framework.'

- Brad Wall, Sask. Party leader

Once the operation debt has been paid off, those revenues will be used to create a new Saskatchewan Futures Fund, the party said.

"Most importantly, the Saskatchewan Party plan will keep our economy strong," party leader Brad Wall said in a news release.
■Sask. Party pledges increased funding for autistic children
■Saskatchewan Party pledges new program to help 1st time home buyers
■Private-pay CT scans, administrative health care cuts among Sask. Party's pledges

The platform also contains a pledge that, if re-elected, starting in 2017 seniors with household incomes below $70,000 would be able to defer all or part of their education property taxes until their property is transferred or sold.

"Most seniors want to remain in their own home as long as possible and this is one step we can take to help them do that," Wall said in the release.

The measure would be available to seniors owning and living in a principal residence with a minimum of 25 per cent equity. The estimated cost annually would be about $3.5 million, according to the party.

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Hundreds of Saskatchewan Party supporters showed up at the party's southeast campaign office in Saskatoon for the platform unveiling. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

On Friday, the Saskatchewan NDP made a similar pledge that, if elected, they would help seniors defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan from the provincial government.
■Saskatchewan NDP pledges to help seniors pay property taxes
■More teachers, senior care workers included in NDP platform

Platform cost

The Sask. Party said the total cost of their platform, in terms of new spending commitments, is $105.4 million over four years. Wall said the platform did not include much new spending and the party predicts the province would return to a balanced budget by 2017-18.

"I think there's some good things in there, but not a whole lot [of new spending]," Wall said to reporters during his campaign platform unveiling.

"It's one fifth of one per cent of expenditures and so, that's why we know it's affordable, even during some challenging times with the price of oil," he said.

Brad Wall releases platform
Brad Wall says the Saskatchewan Party's platform will keep the economy strong. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

Wall went on to say that his party isn't making a lot of promises because they want to keep within a fiscally responsible framework.

"We erred on the side of being fiscally responsible," he said.

A summary of the Sask. Party platform will be mailed to every household in the province and is also available online.

Voters go to the polls on April 4.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party gains in 2 new polls

Offensive remarks on social media have an impact on voters, poll shows

By Éric Grenier, for CBC News Posted: Mar 17, 2016 10:06 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 17, 2016 10:06 AM CT

Brad Wall continues to lead in Saskatchewan's provincial election campaign.
Brad Wall continues to lead in Saskatchewan's provincial election campaign. (The Canadian Press / Michael Bell)

Two new polls suggest that the Saskatchewan Party's position is improving as the province's election campaign continues into its second week.

The CBC Saskatchewan Poll Tracker now pegs the Saskatchewan Party to hold the lead with 56.1 per cent support, a gain of just under three points since last week's update. The New Democrats have slipped about two points to 32.7 per cent, while the Liberals and Greens trail with 7.3 and 3.2 per cent support, respectively.
■Saskatchewan Poll Tracker: Check out the latest numbers
■Saskatchewan Votes: Full campaign coverage
■Use Vote Compass to compare the party platforms ahead of Saskatchewan's election

If an election were held today, this would likely deliver between 44 and 50 seats to the Saskatchewan Party, with the New Democrats taking between 11 and 17. This is a slight increase for Brad Wall's party since last week.

The new polls, conducted earlier this week, were published on Wednesday and Thursday and showed results with similarities, but some differences, too:

■The poll by Insightrix Research gave the Saskatchewan Party the lead with 61 per cent support, with the NDP at 29 per cent, the Liberals at 6 per cent, and the Greens and Progressive Conservatives at 2 per cent apiece. Compared to a previously unpublished Insightrix poll conducted a week earlier, this represented a gain of four points for the Saskatchewan Party.

■The poll by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia had the Saskatchewan Party ahead with 53 per cent, followed by the NDP at 35 per cent, the Liberals at 8 per cent, and the Greens at 4 per cent. Compared to Mainstreet's survey from a week before, the Saskatchewan Party was up two points and the NDP down two points.

The shifts in support in the Mainstreet poll were not statistically significant, but the positive trend line for the Saskatchewan Party matched the one in the Insightrix poll.

Nevertheless, after showing some growth last week, the New Democrats still remain in a better position than they were before the campaign began.

But the disparity between the two polls — one showing a margin of 32 points between the two parties and the other pegging the gap at 18 points — is difficult to explain. The primary culprit seems to be the very different results in the rural parts of the province. Insightrix suggests the Saskatchewan Party has about 67 per cent support in the region, while Mainstreet puts the party at 54 per cent. The NDP's support stood at 22 and 32 per cent in the two polls.

This difference could have an impact on the identity of the potential winner in as many as five seats. But with the Saskatchewan Party currently projected to have an edge of 33 seats over the New Democrats, the practical impact is minimal.

A close race in Regina, or not?

Last week, the Mainstreet poll suggested the race was getting tight in Regina, putting the two major parties in a tie. Insightrix agrees, giving the Saskatchewan Party a narrow one-point edge over Cam Broten's New Democrats at 44 to 43 per cent.

However, Mainstreet's latest poll puts the gap between the two parties now at nine points, 48 to 39 per cent. This shift was the main reason behind the widening gap it recorded provincewide between the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP.

The two polls agreed on the state of the race in Saskatoon, however, where the Saskatchewan Party remains favoured.

The numbers held steady in Mainstreet's poll at 55 per cent for Wall's party and 39 per cent for Broten's. Insightrix put the two parties at 56 and 34 per cent, respectively.

Social media's impact

The Mainstreet poll found that the kind of offensive remarks on social media that have already cost the NDP four candidates has an impact on voters.

According to the survey, 59 per cent of respondents said that offensive remarks on social media would make them less likely to vote for a candidate, while just 23 per cent said it would have no effect. In addition, 72 per cent of Saskatchewanians said that it was very or somewhat important for a candidate not to have made embarrassing or offensive remarks on social media.

In the end, though, what matters most is the party and its leader. Insightrix found that 73 per cent of respondents agreed that party policy and a party's stance on issues had a great deal of impact on their vote. Just over half said the leader of the party had the same effect. The local MLA, however, had a great deal of impact for just 24 per cent of voters in Saskatchewan.

But in some close races — and the Poll Tracker estimates that as many as 14 ridings could be decided by 10 points or less — even that could make the difference between winning and losing.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Murray Mandryk

Mandryk: Saskatchewan election TV debate must be more inclusive

March 21, 2016 7:25 am

Unbeknownst to almost everyone in the province, Progressive Conservative leader Rick Swenson put forth a pretty good idea last week worthy of, well, public debate.

Swenson proposed a program, limited to Saskatchewan-registered oil companies filing income tax returns in this province, that would allow such producers “to acquire dormant well assets, bring the wells back on production and pay 20 per cent of returns until the LLR (licensed liability rating) ratio was met.”

Only when the price of oil returns to $65 a barrel for a full fiscal quarter would the full amount outstanding become due, Swenson said, adding he believes what he is proposing is “based on common sense, sound economics and … maintains environmental stewardship.”

Exciting? Maybe not. The best idea in the world? Hard to say. But it is it an worthy discussion? Yes.

And it illustrates why we shouldn’t be so quick to completely write off third parties — as we seem eager to do in Wednesday’s televised leaders’ debate.

After all, given the quality of debate between the NDP and Saskatchewan Party so far in this 2016 provincial election — discussion often revolving around who said what in past social media posts — can we honestly say involving third-party leaders would make things that much worse?

Full disclosure: I have participated in past provincial leaders’ debates as a panelist and know nothing gets more scrutiny or criticism.

Those putting together Wednesday night’s debate — both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras — are friends, but are also among the most competent, fair-minded journalists this province has to offer.

They will ensure an informative exchange between the Sask. Party’s Brad Wall and the NDP’s Cam Broten. Also, the choice of former CBC host (and now University of Regina communication officer) Costa Maragos is an exquisite one.

Let us also acknowledge that if this is a media problem, it surely isn’t confined to Wednesday’s debate.

Today’s media world is constrained by money, space and time — the latter of which has put television people in the precarious position of having to choose who’s in and who’s out Wednesday night.

It would be no more reasonable to afford equal time to every party leader than it is to completely exclude three of them. So a determination made on the basis of who had seats in the last election and the percentage vote they received four years ago might seem reasonable.

But maybe we are losing sight of the fact that elections aren’t just about hearing from who we think will get elected. Elections are about ideas on how we can be governed better. It’s hard to believe the NDP and Sask. Party have the monopoly on such ideas.

Besides, it wouldn’t be all that hard to make allowances for third, fourth and even fifth party leaders.

Why not afford three minutes each for the PC, Liberals and Green Party leader to outline their platform and ask but one question?

“How do you get the citizens of Saskatchewan feeling that democracy works for them and not against their interests,” said Green Party Victor Lau, when asked what one question he would like to pose to the other leaders.

“What are you doing for the economy?” said Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Liberal leader. “If I was allowed one question, that would be it.”

Whether it’s on broader issues, more philosophical ones or things very specific like Swenson’s oil well recovery plan, it would seem the other parties are at least as capable of posing questions as relevant as what we might hear from journalists or the members of the public being asked for their submissions.

So why not let the other leaders in?

Right now, we love to sit back and piously observe how dysfunctional the U.S. political system is.

Yet somehow, the American system managed to accommodate more than a dozen national presidential debates with more than dozen presidential hopefuls.

We can only have one debate. We can only accommodate two parties.

Something is not right here.

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


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Liberal, PC, Green parties upset about being left out of Sask. leaders' debate

Four parties challenging the Sask. Party and NDP for power in Sask. are speaking out about being excluded from Wednesday's debate.

The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:49PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, March 23, 2016 8:07PM CST

The Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and Green parties have all been left out of the Saskatchewan leaders' debate.

Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoreux says he's upset his party isn't going to be included in Wednesday night's debate.

Lamoreux says the media consortium running the debate is doing a disservice to the public by limiting the full range of views and options available to voters in the election to be held on April 4.


Saskatchewan legislature
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The Liberals, who didn't have a seat in the legislature when the writ was dropped, are running a full slate of 61 candidates.

PC Leader Rick Swenson and Green Party Leader Victor Lau are also not allowed in the debate.

A petition on change.org asks people to urge the media consortium to include Lau.


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3 parties running full slates in 2016 Saskatchewan election

NDP, Liberals, Sask. Party each fielding 61 candidates

By Evan Radford, CBC News Posted: Mar 22, 2016 12:06 PM CT| Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 12:50 PM CT

No matter where you vote this year, you'll be able to find a Liberal, a New Democrat and a Saskatchewan Party candidate on the ballot.

Six parties are represented in the April 4 general provincial election, but only those three have full slates.

The Green Party had earlier thought they'd have a full complement of 61 candidates. However, when the official candidates' list was announced on the weekend, the Greens had three fewer.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Conservatives had upped the number of candidates they're running from the previously announced 10.

They now have 18 candidates seeking a seat in the legislative chamber.

The Saskatchewan Green Party, led by Victor Lau, is running 58 candidates in the election. (Dani Mario/CBC)

Here's the final tally of candidates, by party, seeking election in this year's election:
■Green Party of Saskatchewan: running 58 candidates, down from the original number of 61 announced by leader Victor Lau on March 8.
■NDP: running a full slate of candidates at 61
■Progressive Conservative Party: running 18 candidates, up from the 10 first announced by leader Rick Swenson on March 8.
■Liberals: running a full slate of 61 candidates, as announced by party leader Darrin Lamoureux.
■Saskatchewan Party: running a full slate of 61 candidates.
■Western Independence Party: running a slate of four candidates, up from zero when first contacted on March 8.

Green Party leader Victor Lau said the three candidates from his team not running in the election are Norbert Kratchmer for Kindersley, Larry Zepp for Saskatchewan Rivers and George Wooldridge for Melville-Saltcoats.

In the case of Kratchmer, Lau said he and his campaign team tried to convince him to run for the seat.

However, Kratchmer was convinced that by not running, it would further consolidate votes in the area for Jason Dearborn in the hopes of unseating incumbent Bill Boyd, Lau said.

Rick Swenson, leader of the PC Party of Saskatchewan
The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan, led by Rick Swenson, is running 18 candidates. (Stefani Langenegger (CBC))

Zepp didn't make it on to the ballot because of miscommunication issues with his area's returning officer and the admissibility of nominating signatures on his nomination papers, Lau said.
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Wooldridge's absence was due to a misunderstanding with his driver as to the due time for his nomination papers to be given to a returning officer, Lau said.

Independents running in 5 constituencies

There are also five independent candidates running for a seat in the Legislature, the most high-profile of whom is Kindersley's Jason Dearborn, a former Sask. Party MLA.

Jason Dearborn
Former Saskatchewan Party MLA Jason Dearborn is running as an independent against incumbent Bill Boyd in Kindersley. (Stefani Langenegger)

Along with Dearborn, the other four are Cam Robock (Estevan), Trever Ratti (Melville-Saltcoats), Trevor Bearance (Moosomin) and Douglas Hudgin (Regina Coronation Park).

The total number of people running for a provincial seat is 268.


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Sparks fly during Sask. leaders' debate

Saskatchewan leaders' debate
Brad Wall and Cam Broten at the Saskatchewan leaders' debate. (KARYN MULCAHY/CTV REGINA)

Ken Gousseau, CTV Regina
Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016 7:41PM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:25PM CST

Sparks flew as the leaders of the Saskatchewan Party and NDP squared off in a televised debate Wednesday night.

Brad Wall and Cam Broten exchanged barbs over the economy, government spending and other election issues during the nearly hour-long debate.

Wall touted his government’s economic record, saying despite a downturn in the oil industry, the province’s diversified economy remains strong in other sectors.

But Broten said the Sask. Party didn’t seize the opportunity to diversify during good economic times, and squandered the rainy day fund it inherited from the previous NDP government. Wall, who is seeking a third term as premier, said the NDP left the province with an infrastructure deficit.

Wall said his government has saved money by building new schools through public-private partnerships. However, Broten suggested such projects are more expensive than conventional builds.

The leaders also sparred over health care and education, with Broten accusing the Sask. Party of making cuts in those two areas – allegations Wall said were unfounded.

At times, the debate seemed more a shouting match, with both leaders talking over each other.

“When your opponent has an angry list of complaints and is not also articulating much of his platform, I’m going to set the record straight,” Wall said after the debate.

Broten told reporters that Wall was “very dismissive” during the debate, and accused him of hiding the truth from voters.

“Anyone who knows me knows I’m not an angry person, but I’m a passionate person,” Broten said.

“When it comes to the issues that Saskatchewan families care about, that Saskatchewan families need help with, I am passionate about that. I have a fire in my belly and I want to see changes.”

The leaders of the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and Green Party were not invited to the debate. Those parties didn’t meet some of the criteria set out by the media consortium, such as holding seats in the legislature at dissolution or having a reasonable chance of winning a seat based on polling.

Saskatchewan voters will head to the polls on April 4.


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SaskatchewanParty leader Brad Wall (left) and NDP leader Cam Broten square off for the Leaders Debate at the Regina CBC headquarters Wednesday.

Viewers say Brad Wall won leaders' debate, according to new Mainstreet exit poll

March 23, 2016 8:39 pm

Voters who watched the leaders’ debate overwhelmingly believe Sask. Party leader Brad Wall won tonight’s contest, according to a Mainstreet exit poll conducted after the broadcast.

When asked who won the debate, 56 per cent of people who watched said Wall won while 32 per cent of those who watched said NDP leader Cam Broten won. Twelve per cent of voters were not sure who won.

Mainstreet Research polled 1,006 people who watched tonight’s debate.

Fifty-six per cent of debate watchers in Saskatoon said Wall won while 30 per cent said Broten won. Fourteen per cent were unsure. In Regina, the split went 45 per cent for Wall, 40 per cent for Broten and 15 per cent undecided.

Poll respondents were also asked about their opinion of the two leaders. Of those polled, 58 per cent had a favourable opinion of Wall, while 24 per cent had an unfavourable opinion. Eighteen per cent were not sure how they felt.

Broten came away with 33 per cent of poll respondents saying they had a favourable opinion of him. Fifty per cent had an unfavourable opinion and 17 per cent were unsure.

In Saskatoon, 56 per cent had a favourable opinion of Wall while that number dipped to 45 per cent in Regina. Thirty-one per cent of respondents in Saskatoon had a favourable opinion of Broten while the number increased to 40 per cent in Regina.

When asked who will win the election, 70 per cent of respondents said the Sask. Party, 16 per cent said the NDP, three per cent said the Liberal Party and one per cent said the Green Party. Eleven per cent were unsure which party will win.

Of those polled, 54 per cent intend on voting for the Sask. Party in the April 4 election. Thirty per cent said they’d vote NDP, two per cent said the Liberal Party, one per cent said Green Party and 13 per cent are undecided.

The poll’s margin of error is +/- 3.09 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


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Voter registration up 150,000 from last Sask election

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Published on: March 26, 2016 | Last Updated: March 26, 2016 5:04 PM CST

Voter registration closed Wednesday evening.

Voter registration closed Wednesday evening.

The number of people registered to vote in the upcoming Saskatchewan provincial election is much higher than it was last time around.

There are 751, 564 registered voters, according to a news release from Elections Saskatchewan. This is more than 150,000 higher than in 2011.

The number represents 92 per cent of eligible voters being registered, the release said.

Voter registration closed Wednesday evening. Anyone not on the list can still register in person at their local poll.

The election will take place April 4.

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