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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:46 pm    Post subject: Saskatchewan Provincial election called for april 4 Reply with quote

( the election has been called in Saskatchewan by premier Brad Wall , not sure if we have any active members from that province but i'll try and post some news stores about the election here )

Saskatchewan election campaign officially underway

Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 12:17PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, March 8, 2016 1:10PM EST

SASKATOON -- Saskatchewan is officially into a provincial election campaign.

Premier Brad Wall has tweeted out that he has met with Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield in Saskatoon and has asked her to dissolve the legislature.

That has triggered a 27-day campaign that will end at the ballot box on April 4.

In his first election news release, the premier immediately attacks the NDP, accusing his rivals of dragging Saskatchewan back when they were last in government.

He says the only way to keep the province strong during challenging economic times is to re-elect his Saskatchewan Party.

He says he will focus his campaign on comparing his party's record with that of the NDP, which he says had a poor job creation record and created the longest surgical wait times in Canada.

"The NDP raised taxes 21 times in 16 years. The Saskatchewan Party has delivered record income tax and education property tax cuts for everyone in Saskatchewan and has kept taxes low," he said Tuesday in the release.

NDP Leader Cam Broten has said the government drained the rainy day savings fund during the sunniest days in Saskatchewan and put nothing aside long term.

He said the question for families is who can they trust to protect and to fix health care and education.

"And when we look at the record for the Sask. Party, they didn't get the job done during boom years. We certainly can't trust them in tighter years."

Saskatchewan voters last went to the polls in November 2011, when Wall and his Saskatchewan Party won a second term in office.

Wall always ranks at or near the top when it comes to the most popular premiers in the country.

He has vehemently opposed a national carbon tax saying it would "kneecap" a struggling Canadian economy, has called for the abolition of the Senate and has championed pipeline projects.

Broten is heading into his first campaign as NDP leader.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SK Party Leads With Election Imminent

March 3, 2016|Mainstreet|Public Polling, Saskatchewan

March 3rd, 2016 (Toronto, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll find the Saskatchewan Party leading the province with an election expected within the week. The Mainstreet/Postmedia Poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.53%, 19 times out of 20.

For Frequently Asked Questions about our work, click here.

Among all voters he Saskatchewan Party is up 49% from 46% (+3%) while the NDP is now at 28% (-2%).

“After trending upward for some weeks the NDP has slipped back to 28%,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “While they have improved from the beginning of the year the Saskatchewan Party looks set to easily capture a majority government.”

“For Saskatchewan’s NDP the national conversation around Energy East could not have come at a worst time. Brad Wall has been assertive on the issues and Quebec’s recently announced court challenge, he looks and acts very much like a statesman for the western interests. Though Cam Broten has expressed support for Energy East, currently the visuals are of Wall at the national table in Vancouver.”

“We took a look at some issue questions this week around natural resources. When it comes to a potential agreement with Indigenous peoples in Saskatchewan there is lukewarm support, 42% support such an agreement compared to 36% who do not. Most of the positive score came from those who ‘somewhat approve’ as opposed to those who ‘strongly approve’. Another 21% of Saskatchewanians did not have an opinion on the matter.”

“Looking at the proposed Energy East pipeline, most in Saskatchewan believe it will be built (46%) and that the provincial government is doing enough (46%),” finished Maggi.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How the Saskatchewan election map changes this time around

Incumbent candidate you voted for last time might not be in same constituency this time

By Bob Weiers, CBC News Posted: Mar 08, 2016 3:00 PM CT| Last Updated: Mar 08, 2016 3:00 PM CT

Voters in Saskatchewan will head to the polls on April 4.

Bob Weiers

Bob Weiers is a Senior Producer at CBC News, primarily assigned to elections and live events. He's been covering politics since joining the CBC in 1990. His first election as a member of the CBC Core Group (the production team that travels the country setting up all that's needed to do an election night show) was in Alberta in 2004. He has worked on every one since.

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■Use Vote Compass to compare the party platforms ahead of Saskatchewan's election

The election map of Saskatchewan has changed since voters went to the polls five years ago.

For some people, that means the incumbent candidate you voted for last time might not be on the ballot in your constituency this time.

Or, you and your immediate neighbours who perhaps elected an NDP candidate last time, might now be in a constituency with an incumbent from the Saskatchewan Party.

Use Vote Compass to compare the party platforms ahead of Saskatchewan's election

There are three new constituencies that have been added in redistribution:
■Regina Pasqua.
■Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota.
■Saskatoon Silverspring-Sutherland.

CBC News has done a poll-by-poll analysis of the redistribution, and using the results of last vote across the new boundaries, the Saskatchewan Party would win all three of the new constituencies.

The changes don't end there.

Twelve old constituencies get new names (shown below in parentheses) along with their new boundaries:

New constituencies Saskatchewan 1

New constituencies Saskatchewan 2

There are only three constituencies in the whole province where the redistributed result is exactly the same as the result of the last vote.

They are:
■Cut Knife-Turtleford

Political number crunchers will need to drill pretty deep into the numbers to find any political advantage for either of the major parties.

There are only eight constituencies where the margins of victory have changed significantly (+/- approximately 50 per cent).

In seven of the eight, it's the Saskatchewan Party that sees its margin of victory shrink.

Martensville was won by the Sask. Party by 5,710 votes in 2011. They would have won the new constituency of Martensville-Warman by 3,716 votes.

The Sask. Party won Moose Jaw Wakamow by 201 votes last time, but after redistribution that win is reduced to a margin of just four votes.

The Sask. Party also took a hit in Regina Douglas Park where its candidate won by 904 votes last time. The win after redistribution is by a margin of 397 votes.

In Saskatoon, two constituencies won by the Sask. Party last time have their winning margins cut significantly. The Sask. Party margin in Saskatoon Fairview goes from 247 votes to 128 votes.

In Saskatoon Southeast, the huge Sask. Party win by 6,005 votes last time gets cut to just 3,399.

However, that loss of votes is offset by the redistributed result in the new neighbouring constituency of Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota which the Sask. Party would have won by a comfortable 3,690 votes.

The New Democrats take a redistribution hit in one constituency, but see a benefit in another.

In Regina Rosemont, the NDP winning margin drops from 822 votes to 461 votes. But, in Regina Lakeview, the NDP margin of victory goes up from just 146 votes in the last election to 496 votes after redistribution.

With all the changes, Elections Saskatchewan has set up a constituency finder to help voters find out exactly what constituency they are in.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jackwagons and writ drops: Sask. election to officially begin

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Published on: March 8, 2016 | Last Updated: March 8, 2016 6:23 AM CST

BESTPHOTO SASKATOON, SASK--MARCH 7 2016 0308 News Wall- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall speaks to campaign volunteers and media at the Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota Campaign Office on Monday, March 7th, 2016. (Liam Richards/Saskatoon StarPhoenix)

Premier Brad Wall is to drop the writ today in Saskatoon, marking the official start of Saskatchewan’s 2016 provincial election campaign.

Between the election billboards, party promises and online and TV ads, you would be forgiven for thinking we were already in full campaign mode, but all of that was just an appetizer for the main course.

On Monday, the NDP held a writ period launch at the Persephone Theatre in downtown Saskatoon (a kickoff that was to be duplicated in Regina on Monday night). A couple of hours after the NDP’s Saskatoon event, Wall visited with campaign volunteers eight kilometres away at the Sask. Party’s Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota campaign office.

Wall could have dropped the writ anytime between March 1 and 8, but chose to wait until the last possible day.

Political scientist Tom McIntosh said “long election campaigns tend not to do well for incumbents,” but wasn’t crystal clear on what this campaign might hold, as the government “hasn’t said much” about the direction they’ll take.

“Presumably they wanted to say, ‘We’re the ones who managed this prosperity,’ now it will likely be, ‘We’re the ones who will get us through these difficult times,’ ” McIntosh said.

Plus, he added, the NDP and Sask. Party are yet to lay out detailed fiscal plans on how they will address the gaping hole in the province’s coffers, and how they will pay for campaign promises.

Wall said Monday that his party isn’t “going to make a lot of spending promises, because the province can’t afford them right now.”

Instead, he said, the Sask. Party will “highlight records” between it and the NDP.

NDP leader Cam Broten speaks at a campaign launch event at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, Monday, March 07, 2016.

NDP leader Cam Broten speaks at a campaign launch event at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, Monday, March 07, 2016. Greg Pender / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

On Monday, Broten said this election is about trust, saying the province is spending too much on the use of outside consultants and is not focusing on the priorities of the people.

“This is a very important election and it’s an election about priorities,” Broten said.

“The question is: When times are tight, who can you trust to protect and fix the public services we count on, like healthcare and education?”

The happenings outside political promises and candidate appearances are also in full swing.

Over the weekend, a vandal (a “jackwagon,” as Wall called him) spray painted “crook” on the Saskatchewan Party’s headquarters in Regina, and the Greens cried foul that the party isn’t being invited to televised leaders’ debates, despite having a full slate of candidates.

Speaking on behalf of the broadcast pool partnership for the debates, CBC Saskatchewan senior producer Chris Lane said invitations were “based on several criteria,” including whether a party held seats in the legislature “or had a reasonable chance of winning a seat based on the best available polling.”

The Greens are polling at less than 4 per cent, Lane said. Even so, the party has started an online petition asking the television pool to rethink its position.

As for the spray painting, Wall isn’t concerned these sorts of incidents will take over the campaign.

“We’ve always had these rogue agents acting against various parties … (but) it’s just nonsense when it happens,” he said.

With files from Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What’s changing in the Saskatchewan election
By Leena Latafat
Reporter Global News

WATCH ABOVE: It’s been more than four years since Saskatchewan voters were asked to select their legislative representatives. Leena Latafat tells us we might be surprised by what’s changed since 2011.

SASKATOON – From new constituencies to a completely different financial picture, a lot has changed since the last provincial election.

For one, the election map is significantly different from 2011. There are three new constituencies now, Regina Pasqua, Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota and Saskatoon Silverspring-Sutherland.

Twelve other ridings have also been revamped, with new names and new boundaries.

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Charles Smith, political science professor at the University of Saskatchewan, says a lot could change depending on where you live.

“I think it’s going to be an important race to watch in those new ridings. It could sway the momentum of either party,” he said.

“The measure of success for the NDP will be its ability to get those new seats. Can it break into suburban Saskatchewan? Because if they can do really well in the cities, I think it’s a really important momentum for them to rebuild and go forward,” he added.

And with several incumbent Sask Party candidates retiring this year, Smith says that could be the NDP’s best bet to picking up new seats.

How you vote is also changing.

For the first time, advance polls are open to anyone, even if you’re in the province on election day.

“This is the first election in which you don’t need to have a reason in order to vote in advance,” said Dr. Michael Boda, chief electoral officer at Elections Saskatchewan.

He adds the goal is trying to make the process more accessible.

“We’ve introduced what’s called home-bound voting. Individuals who have a disability or have a mobility issue, they can be in touch with our local returning officer and we can arrange to bring a ballot out to them.”

But perhaps the most striking change from the last election is Saskatchewan’s economy.

“2011 you’re right in the middle of a resource boom, very high oil prices, record high potash prices. Employments levels through the roof. Very little unemployment,” Smith points out.

Now, he says resources have tumbled, unemployment is creeping and there’s a sense of concern all around. Still, he thinks the polls say a lot about Sask Party leader, Brad Wall.

“Had we been in a recession a year or two prior to the election, I think you would have seen a lot more discussion about the big economic questions,” he said.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this election could get close.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brad Wall continues to lead in new Saskatchewan polls

Two new polls give the Saskatchewan Party a wide lead, but the NDP may be making gains

By Éric Grenier, for CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2016 10:28 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 10, 2016 10:28 AM CT

Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall kicks off his party's campaign in Saskatoon on March 8.

Éric Grenier is founder of ThreeHundredEight.com, a website dedicated to political polling in Canada and electoral forecasts. He has previously written for The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post Canada, The Hill Times, Le Devoir, and L’actualité, and was CBC's poll analyst for the recent federal election.

Two new polls continue to show Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party with a healthy lead in the province's election campaign, but one of those surveys suggests the New Democrats may be closing the yawning gap.

The Saskatchewan Poll Tracker puts the Saskatchewan Party ahead with a projected 53.5 per cent support, followed by the New Democrats at 34.5 per cent.
■Saskatchewan Poll Tracker: Check out the latest numbers
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■Use Vote Compass to compare the party platforms ahead of Saskatchewan's election

The Liberals and Greens trail at length with 8.4 and 3.2 per cent support, respectively.

Saskatchewan election 2016
Saskatchewan voters go to the polls on April 4, 2016. There are 61 constituencies up for grabs. (CBC)

With these levels of support, the Saskatchewan Party would likely win between 42 and 49 of the province's 61 seats, with the NDP taking between 12 and 19 seats if the election were held today.

This latest update comes following the release of two polls published this week:
■A poll by Forum Research pegged the Saskatchewan Party at 57 per cent support among decided and leaning voters, followed by the NDP at 33 per cent, the Liberals at seven per cent, and the Greens at three per cent.
■A poll by Mainstreet Research for Postmedia showed the Saskatchewan Party at 51 per cent among decided and leaning voters, with the NDP at 37 per cent, the Liberals at 8 per cent, and the Greens at three per cent. Compared to Mainstreet's previous survey conducted on March 1, this represents a drop of four points for the Saskatchewan Party and an increase of four points for the NDP.

The difference in results between Forum and Mainstreet are at the margins, with both surveys pointing to the Saskatchewan Party being on track to win a big majority government.

But Mainstreet's numbers suggest that support for Brad Wall's party may be shrinking to the benefit of the New Democrats.

This is not the first time Mainstreet has shown the margin narrowing. Polls taken in February recorded a four point decline for the Saskatchewan Party to 52 from 56 per cent support, before the March 1 survey showed a rebound to 55 per cent.

So this improving situation for the New Democrats may prove to be ephemeral. The next set of polls will provide a clue as to whether or not that will be the case. Nevertheless, the NDP at 37 per cent is the highest it has been in Saskatchewan polling since long before the 2011 provincial election.

NDP's Broten ceiling

The polling by Forum, however, indicates that the New Democrats may have a bit of a ceiling.

Cam Broten, leader of the NDP, scored an approval rating of just 28 per cent in Forum's survey, compared to a disapproval rating of 39 per cent. That left 34 per cent of Saskatchewanians unsure — and there is Broten's opportunity. He needs voters in the province to get to know him better, but that is no guarantee that those who are currently unfamiliar with him will like what they see.

He still compares unfavourably to Wall, who had an approval rating of 58 per cent and a disapproval rating of 33 per cent. On who people in Saskatchewan prefer to be premier, Wall beat Broten by a margin of 55 to 19 per cent. That has the potential to put a cap on the NDP's growth prospects.

And growth the NDP desperately needs. Even in Mainstreet's more competitive poll, the NDP was only tied with the Saskatchewan Party in Regina. The New Democrats trailed by 12 points in Saskatoon and 20 points in the rest of the province.

If the NDP is to put the Saskatchewan Party's majority into a doubt, they have a long way to go yet.
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The poll by Forum Research was conducted on March 7, 2016, interviewing 904 eligible voters in Saskatchewan via interactive voice response. The margin of error associated with the survey is +/- 3 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The poll by Mainstreet Research was conducted on March 8, 2016, interviewing 1,536 eligible voters in Saskatchewan via interactive voice response. The margin of error associated with the survey is +/- 2..6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


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Saskatchewan Party promises to spend more on highways

Party would spend $70M more over next 3 years

CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2016 10:14 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 10, 2016 5:24 PM CT

Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall at a highways announcement.

If re-elected, Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall plans to increase spending on provincial highways.

The party is promising a $70-million "surge" in highway repair and maintenance over three years. That would mean the government would spend $2.7 billion on highways and infrastructure over the next four years.

The promise is part of a new Highways 2020 plan dedicated to maintain roads across Saskatchewan.
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"I spend a lot of time driving on Saskatchewan highways so I know a lot have been fixed," said Wall. "But I also know a lot still need to be fixed."

The party leader held a scrum with reporters in Silton, near Craven, to discus the highway improvement pledge.

"We also need to be listening to communities," he said, noting that some of the highways used to access recreational areas are in need of some upgrades.

"[Communities] can make a very strong case in those areas with respect to tourism," he said.

Reporters (including Radio-Canada's William Burr) check out Highway 322 near Silton

Wall used a local business operator, D's Place owner Karen Walker, as an example of someone who's been affected by deteriorating roadways.

"This year she has really noticed a difference. She indicated to me that business was perhaps not as good as it could have been ... because people couldn't access it, because of the roads," Wall said.

According to the party, the province has repaired and rebuilt nearly 10,000 kilometres worth of highways, and spent $5.2 billion since 2007.

The spending is in addition to the money being used to build the Regina bypass.


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NDP election campaign will die in rural Saskatchewan

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Published on: March 10, 2016 | Last Updated: March 10, 2016 7:54 AM CST

NDP leader Cam Broten addresses the 2016 SARM convention in Regina on Wednesday.

NDP leader Cam Broten addresses the 2016 SARM convention in Regina on Wednesday. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post

Why the provincial election result on April 4 seems to be a foregone conclusion has everything to do with where NDP leader Cam Broten spoke yesterday.

Both Broten and Premier Brad Wall were given an audience with delegates at the annual Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) convention with the laughable request that — two days into this short 28-day campaign — the leaders not be political.

The two heeded the request about as well, one suspects, as SARM delegates heeded Broten’s words. But the historical acrimony between the NDP and rural Saskatchewan really means the latter won’t have any interest in what an NDP leader has to say for the foreseeable future.

Those with long memories in rural Saskatchewan haven’t forgotten the NDP’s closure of 52 rural hospitals, the tearing up of the GRIP (Gross Revenue Insurance Plan) contract with farmers in 1992, the abandonment of rural road repairs and the education tax on agricultural land that Lorne Calvert promised to remove, but never got around to doing.

But undoubtedly the biggest perceived slight — at least among the SARM delegates the two leaders spoke to — was the so-called “forced rural municipality amalgamation” — nothing more than a government study by the previous NDP government.

By no small coincidence, the Sask. Party has won virtually every rural seat it has contested since becoming a party in 1997.

The focus of elections tends to be on the closer races (which all happen to be in the cities in this election) or the big announcements (which are made in the cities that have the media centres).

But the political reality of this campaign is that Broten knows (and so much as admits) his NDP doesn’t have a sniff in the province’s 27 rural seats.

These rural seats are why Brad Wall knows he has another majority all but in the bag.

And about all Wall had to do to tie that bag shut was show up Wednesday and deliver a platitude-laden speech about “being blessed to live in rural Saskatchewan where values have not changed” and, hopefully, “will never, never change.”

Of course, he did slip in a little politics, including a $1,700 tax credit for local volunteer firefighters and first-responders and the hint a major campaign infrastructure announcement is coming that will have a major impact on rural Saskatchewan.

His speech also reminded delegates about what they share with the Sask. Party (SARM’s former president David Marit is running for the party in Wood River) and that the NDP didn’t remove the education portion of property tax on agricultural land after promising to do so.

Wall even took shots at Saskatoon Northwest NDP candidate Clayton Wilson for calling farmers “stupid” two years ago (although Wilson was specifically referring to those farmers who backed ending the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly as a single-desk seller.)

That left Wall with a standing ovation and Broten as a bad second act by the time he got to the SARM convention microphone in the afternoon.

So what’s the leader of an unpopular party to do in front of a riled-up rural crowd?

Well, the NDP leader is reminding rural voters that the Sask. Party government didn’t bother to change NDP government potash and oil royalty rates and didn’t reopen any hospitals the NDP government closed. Moreover, government programs like lean have likely hurt rural hospitals and nursing homes more.

Broten can point out that that his proposed reduction to ambulance fees and even his promised reinstating of the Saskatchewan Employment Film Tax Credit (with its rural component that saw movie shoots in Kipling, Estevan, Gravelbourg and, of course, Rouleau where the Corner Gas TV series was made) will benefit rural people the most.

Intriguingly, Broten has even made the subtle argument that if rural people can’t stomach either the Sask. Party’s out-of-touch, big spending ways or the NDP, they should seriously consider other options like Rick Swenson’s Progressive Conservatives.

But at the end of day, it doesn’t much matter.

It appears Wall and the Sask. Party are maintaining their stranglehold on a majority government with their rural support.

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


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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 .

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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,.

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Saskatchewan election: candidates resign over social media comments

Posted Mar. 11th, 2016 by Karen Briere

Two NDP candidates are out of the Saskatchewan election race.

The party dropped Clayton Wilson, who was running in Saskatoon Northwest, after social media posts were found that made light of domestic violence.

Leader Cam Broten had earlier accepted Wilson’s apology for calling farmers who weren’t in favor of the Canadian Wheat Board “stupid.”

Wilson’s posts were a few years old.

“The internet is certainly full of bad and inappropriate jokes, and no one wants a campaign where every old retweet or Facebook post is dragged out in ‘gotcha’ politics, but violence against women is a serious issue and comments which take sexual harassment lightly are below the standard we should all expect from our elected representatives,” Broten said in a statement March 10.

Then March 11, he accepted Weyburn-Big Muddy candidate Mark Jeworski’s resignation. Jeworski resigned at 6 a.m. for personal reasons, according to the party.

However, the Saskatchewan Party issued a news release earlier in the week noting Jeworski’s support for Alberta’s controversial Bill 6, and another Friday morning about his lack of support for the uranium industry.

“The only way I’d agree to nuclear is if we can store the spent rods in Brad Wall’s house with him,” said Jeworski’s social media post from Oct. 2, 2015.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix has reported receiving several screen grabs of other posts by Jeworski that disparaged Wall’s mother and former agriculture minister Bob Bjornerud.

The NDP intends to find another candidate in Saskatoon. It wasn’t yet clear if a replacement would be sought in Weyburn-Big Muddy.

Broten was in Saskatoon this morning, announcing he would cut the number of MLAs to 55. There were 58, and after boundary redistribution for this election, the number of constituencies went up to 61.

“No one thinks we need more politicians in Regina, so I don’t understand why Mr. Wall decided to add three more MLAs to the legislature,” Broten said.

Reducing the number could save $5.5 million over a four-year term, he said.

However, Wall countered that the addition of the three is revenue neutral because the cost is $891,000 per year and the Sask Party members on the Board of Internal Economy, which controls internal expenses such as MLA salaries and office costs, presented a budget to reduce funding for all MLA and caucus expenses by that amount.

Wall was also in Saskatoon, announcing a new tax incentive to commercialize innovation. Known as a “patent box,” the incentive would lower corporate income tax on income earned by Saskatchewan companies that commercialize products at home.



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Party leader Broten condemns 'offensive' social media posts from ex-NDP candidate

Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: March 11, 2016 | Last Updated: March 11, 2016 2:54 PM CST

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A social media post in which a now-former provincial NDP candidate said the mother of Brad Wall should have taken an abortion pill is being condemned by NDP Leader Cam Broten.

Mark Jeworski, who stepped down as a candidate in the Weyburn-Big Muddy riding, offered his resignation to the party’s campaign manager on Friday morning. NDP spokeswoman Erin Morrison said that Jeworski resigned of his own will.

“Mr. Jeworski contacted us to say he’s not ready to be an MLA. We took a look and agreed completely. His resignation was official at 6:30 this morning,” said Morrison on Friday.

In response to a story about the RU-486 abortion pill arriving in Canada, a post on the Facebook page of Mark Jeworski on Aug. 8, 2015 read: “Brad Wall’s mother should have taken the abortion pill!!!” A screengrab of the Facebook post was sent to The StarPhoenix.

Jeworski could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Friday, Broten called the Facebook comments made by Jeworski offensive and inappropriate.

“This candidate stepped down, he’s off the team. He did so for personal reasons,” Broten said.

“A comment like that, of course, is not appropriate, but he made a personal decision and he’s off the team.”

In addition to the abortion comment, there were other inflammatory posts on the same Facebook page attributed to Mark Jeworski.

On the night of the federal election, following Justin Trudeau’s victory on Oct. 19, 2015, a post from the account of Jeworski read: “On the bright side with pot going to be legal I can be high as f— when Canada falls apart, but I’ll be high and not care.” Later in that same thread, a post from Jeworski read: “Well I’m pulling out in the spring, why put myself through s—!!! F— it.”

In another Facebook post on Jeworski’s page, dated Oct. 2, 2015, it read: “Lots wrong with nuclear and that is one resource I’d agree to be left in the ground.”

In a Dec. 17, 2014 Facebook post, Jeworski posted that Saskatchewan Party MLA “Bob Bjornerud is a penis,” and that “you Sask. Party guys can’t stand anything that doesn’t suck Brad Walls a–.” Later in that same post, after stating that talk-radio host John Gormley and political columnist Murray Mandryk both “suck Brad Walls a–,” Jeworski posted, “Be f—ed if somebody else has an opinion.”

The social media stir comes one day after Saskatoon Northwest candidate Clayton Wilson was taken off the ballot by the party. Wilson was removed for what Broten said was a post in which Wilson was making “light of domestic violence.” Broten acknowledged that Wilson’s social media post — which has since been deleted — was made “many years ago,” but said he has a zero-tolerance policy on the issue. One 2013 post circulated to media by the governing Saskatchewan Party showed a photo with the words: “A true gentleman holds the door for his woman then smacks her ass.” A day earlier, social media posts from Wilson were made public in which he referred to “stupid farmers.”

“The candidate in Weyburn made a personal decision to step down and he’s off the team. We’re very much focused on what’s facing Saskatchewan people today,” Broten said on Friday. “I don’t think anyone wants this campaign to spiral down into a thing where it’s trolling through Facebook and Twitter accounts and finding every example of a bad joke, an off-colour statement.

“That is an offensive comment and that is inappropriate. This candidate stepped down, he’s off the team. What I’m focused on here is the issues of the day in terms of cost of living and making sure we’re cutting Sask. Party waste.”

Speaking Friday during a campaign stop in Saskatoon, Wall said social media has become an important part of the political process.

“If you were or applying for a job or I was applying for a job, I’d expect there to be due diligence by the company to research the candidates. They probably look at things they’ve said or things they have expressed on Facebook or Twitter … these things matter in life,” said Wall, noting that he has seen the social media posts in question.

“All of us as candidates are applying for a job. It’s a pretty important job to try to represent Saskatchewan people as best we can and I think there should be a high standard so we try, again, as best we can to look for this information … I think it’s very important in an election. You’re applying for job as premier. It’s important for Mr. Broten to be transparent. Is (Jeworski’s resignation) really for personal reasons or was there something else. Was there more posts or what was it exactly?”

Saskatchewan Party candidate Don McMorris was more pointed in his comments, saying Broten “failed miserably” in the way he handled Jeworski’s resignation.

“Two of the most important qualities of leadership are transparency and accountability,” McMorris said in a statement.

“Mr. Broten wants to be responsible for the entire government of Saskatchewan and yet he doesn’t want to take responsibility for his own candidate or even tell the truth about why he stepped down. Not transparent. Not accountable. This is a colossal failure of leadership by Cam Broten.”


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( I don't know if I've ever heard of a provincial campaign losing 4 candidates over social media posts in the first week .)

Saskatchewan NDP lose 2 more candidates, campaign manager due to social media posts

‘There was a gap in the campaign’s vetting process,’ says Leader Cam Broten

CBC News Posted: Mar 12, 2016 12:57 PM CT| Last Updated: Mar 12, 2016 2:28 PM CT

After barely one week into the provincial election campaign in Saskatchewan, the provincial NDP has dropped two more candidates and its campaign manager after uncovering unacceptable social media posts.

On Saturday, in Saskatoon, NDP leader Cam Broten said "it is obvious there was a gap in the campaign's vetting process, specifically related to social media."

Broten said the campaign team was directed to take a harder look at the online accounts of candidates after two candidates were dropped earlier in the week over past posts to social media.
■2nd NDP candidate out in as many days
■Sask. NDP drops candidate Clayton Wilson over offensive tweets

"There were two instances that went beyond bad jokes and immaturity," Broten said of the outcome of the most recent screening. "Two candidates crossed the line and I won't stand for that."

Cameron Robock, who had been running in the riding of Estevan, and Terry Bell, who had been running in the riding of Regina-Walsh Acres, will not appear on the ballot in the upcoming election, set for April 4.

Broten would not provide details on the content of the posts that prompted the action.

Terry Bell former NDP candidate
Terry Bell, who had been running in the riding of Regina-Walsh Acres, has been taken off the ballot after the NDP took a closer look at his social media history. (@terrybellNDP/Twitter)

Broten also sacked campaign manager Frank Quennell.

"He's a friend who has served this party well and who will continue to play a role — but I want new campaign leadership," Broten said.

The NDP's chief of staff, Linsay Martens, was promptly named the new campaign manager.

Terry Bell campaign signs still sit in Regina
On Saturday, prior to NDP leader Cam Broten's announcement that the candidate had been dropped, campaign signs for Terry Bell were still up in Regina-Walsh Acres. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

Broten said new candidates will be ready soon.

"Saskatchewan families do not want this campaign to descend into attacks on years-old social media posts," he added.
■CBC Forum: How clean should a political candidate's past be?

Earlier in the week the NDP dropped Saskatoon-Northwest candidate Clayton Wilson for a meme he posted on social media in 2011. On Friday, Weyburn-Big Muddy candidate Mark Jeworski resigned after several questionable and controversial social media posts and comments he made over the last year came out.


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Saskatchewan election campaign focusses on families and finances

Regina, SK, Canada / 620 CKRM

Christina Cherneskey

March 14, 2016 10:26 am

Brad Wall plans to help young people make a down payment on first home in Saskatchewan

Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party say they will make it easier for younger, first-time home buyers in the province.

At a media scrum in Saskatoon, Wall introduced the First Home Plan. beginning May 1, 2016.

He says the ”Graduate Retention Program” recipients will be able to use up to 10-thousan dollars of their unused G-R-P benefits toward the down-payment on the purchase of a first home.

Wall says many young people have told him once they finish their education and start working, they could afford to make monthly mortgage payments on a new home but they have a hard time saving up enough money to make the initial down payment.

The Sask. Party leader says the program will cost 900-thousand dollars in the first year and 1.8-million dollars in the second year.

Cam Broten says the Saskatchewan NDP will put more money in families’ pockets

The focus of the Saskatchewan election campaign has turned to families.

On Monday, NDP Leader Cam Broten was in Regina promising to deliver lower-cost utilities and a modest tax cut for middle-class families.

Broten says the Saskatchewan Party has caused the average family’s annual electricity costs to go up 308-dollars or a 35 percent increase.

Broten says average auto insurance costs have gone up as well – a 25-percent increase according to figures released Monday morning.

The NDP leader says he will also raise the basic personal tax exemption, allowing individuals to earn an additional 500-dollars before being taxed – and this will be funded by having those who make more than 175-thousand dollars a year pay a “little bit more.”

Broten does not define exactly how much a “little bit more” will cost.

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