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PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Community associations weigh-in on issues ahead of Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: February 6, 2017 | Last Updated: February 6, 2017 6:00 AM CST


The date for the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection has been set and while voters in the constituency are gearing up to get involved, experts say the race will likely focus on the state of Saskatchewan.

Joseph Garcea, a political scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, said he feels voters will be honing in on the financial state of the province, budget challenges and changes in Saskatchewan’s health sector ahead of the byelection on March 2.

“There’s going to be a focus on where the province is at. How did we get here and … where are we going,” he said.

The Saskatoon Meewasin seat opened up in the Saskatchewan legislature in November after the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent following a cancer diagnosis.

Brent Penner, the executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement District has been chosen to represent the incumbent Sask. Party and Saskatoon physician Ryan Meili has been chosen to represent the opposition Saskatchewan NDP.


However, while both have a high profile in certain circles, said Garcea, the Saskatchewan Liberals have also put up a candidate with name recognition as it selected party leader Darrin Lamoureux in its attempt to get a foothold in the legislature.


Saskatoon Meewasin byelection candidates:

Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan: David Prokopchuk

Saskatchewan Party: Brent Penner

Saskatchewan Green Party: Shawn Setyo

Saskatchewan Liberals: Darrin Lamoureux

Saskatchewan NDP: Ryan Meili

Nominations close on Feb. 16, 2017


Garcea noted all parties will be fighting hard for the seat, as a win for the Sask. Party in the constituency could lower morale for the opposition NDP, while an opposition win could spur others towards a bid.

He noted that outside factors, like a turbulent resources sector, could still influence the race.

“Neither party have full control of what’s going to happen,” he explained.

Some community association leaders in the area echoed Garcea’s remarks. President of the North Park Richmond Heights Community Association Melanie Vanderlinde said education is an issue that’s surfaced as a concern among community members.

“Money for schools is a big deal,” she said. “Often neighbours are talking about the lack of resources to the elementary schools in our neighbourhood.”

Class sizes and more resources for children who need special attention have also been raised as issues, she said.

Although Vanderlinde said the race has been “overshadowed” by recent events on the global stage, candidates are visible in the constituency and she’s confident more voters will be paying attention as election day nears.

City Park Community Association President Susan Wall said while her association focuses more on civic issues, voters in her community are taking note.

“We all have a voice and it’s really important to express your voice or concern if change doesn’t happen,” she said. “It’s a really good thing that people are aware and are starting to choose the best candidate for our area’s concerns.”

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( the first mainstreet poll had a near tie , now the ndp have pulled way ahead ? it is an historically ndp riding but still the numbers seem high )


Meili leads by wide margin in Meewasin byelection poll

Sean Trembath, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: February 8, 2017 | Last Updated: February 8, 2017 5:05 AM CST


(Clockwise from top left) Ryan Meili, Brent Penner, Shawn Setyo and Darrin Lamouroux are running for the Saskatoon Meewasin seat formerly held by Roger Parent.


Ryan Meili appears to be well positioned to take over the legislative seat formerly held by Roger Parent.

In a new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll conducted Monday, 46 per cent of potential Saskatoon Meewasin voters contacted by the polling firm said they are decided on NDP candidate Meili, compared to 23 per cent for Saskatchewan Party competitor Brent Penner, four per cent each for the Liberal Party’s Darrin Lamoureux and the Green Party’s Shawn Setyo, and another 23 per cent undecided.

The poll surveyed 530 people in the riding and has a margin of error of 4.14 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

“There’s a deep, deep well of support for Mr. Meili that’s going to be very hard to turn around at this point,” said David Valentin, executive vice president of Mainstreet Research.

Parent’s seat opened up after the longtime Saskatchewan Party MLA died in November following a cancer diagnosis. Meili was selected as the NDP’s choice for the byelection on Jan. 23. Penner was chosen by the Sask. Party on Jan. 30.

Meili excelled in the “favorability” portion of the poll, with 46 per cent of respondents holding a favourable opinion of him compared to 18 per cent unfavourable. Penner polled at 26 per cent favourable versus 16 per cent unfavourable. However, 22 per cent of people said they didn’t know who Penner was, compared to nine per cent for Meili.

Those people who are not yet familiar with Penner could bolster his numbers later, but likely not enough to win the election in the absence of other factors, Valentin said.

“It could definitely help him on the margins, but there’s only so much you can do in a campaign. There’s already a body of people who have decided that because he’s the Saskatchewan Party candidate they don’t much like him.”

Age demographics are another factor, Valentin said. Historically, younger people don’t turn out in high numbers for by-elections, which could be a boon for Penner, as the 65 and over age group is the only one where he led, with 46 per cent to Meili’s 34 per cent. However, if you also include people aged 50 to 64, Meili would once again take the lead, Valentin noted.

“Even if we ignore everybody under 50, just pretend they don’t exist, the Saskatchewan Party would still lose this seat.”

While acknowledging that the Meewasin riding is just one small slice of Saskatchewan, Valentin said if Meili remains as popular as the poll indicates, it could have provincewide implications — especially if he were to become the provincial NDP leader.

“This is not a trend (the Sask Party) wants to see take place provincewide,” Valentin said

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Chief electoral officer 'hopeful' voters will show up at ballot box for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


SASKATOON,SK-- April 11/2016
JAMES Monday, April 11, 2016. (GREG PENDER/STAR PHOENIX) Thia James, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: February 10, 2017 | Last Updated: February 10, 2017 11:20 AM CST


Think carefully about issues when casting a ballot in the provincial election.

Voters in the Saskatoon Meewasin constituency will head to the polls on March 2.



Saskatchewan’s chief electoral officer says he is hopeful there will be a good turnout for the upcoming byelection in Saskatoon Meewasin.

“Traditionally, byelections have had a lower turnout rate, and that may be the case in this particular byelection,” said Michael Boda on Thursday. “But I’m hopeful that people will ensure that they are registered to vote, because being registered to vote is a bit like a Fast-Pass.”

Moments earlier, Boda spoke to a gathering of newly sworn-in Canadians at a citizenship ceremony at the Saskatoon Public Library, and encouraged them to participate in the provincial electoral process. He asked those who live in the Saskatoon-Meewasin constituency to vote on March 2.

The byelection will fill the now-vacant seat held by MLA Roger Parent, who died after a battle with cancer last November. In nomination meetings, NDP members in the constituency chose Ryan Meili and Saskatchewan Party members selected Brent Penner to run. The provincial Liberals’ Darrin Lamoureux, the Green Party’s Shawn Setyo and the Progressive Conservative’s David Prokopchuk will be running in Saskatoon Meewasin.

Recent results of a poll conducted by Mainstreet/Postmedia shows that Meili is leading all candidates among a sampling of potential voters in the constituency with 46 per cent support. According to the poll, Penner has 23 per cent support and Lamoureux and Setyo have four per cent support each. Prokopchuk was not included as an option in the poll.


In the last provincial general election, Parent (3,500 votes) won the seat by 523 votes over NDP candidate Nicole White (2,977 votes). A total of 6,932 voters cast their ballots in the constituency but 12,075 people were registered to vote, representing 57.6 per cent of registered voters who actually voted.

In advance polls in the constituency, a total of 2,145 voters cast a ballot.

In the 2016 election, voter turnout provincially stood at 53.5 per cent, while 94.1 per cent of eligible voters registered to vote, according to Elections Saskatchewan numbers released last week. Boda wrote an op-ed, in which he said we have to take a step back and ask why engagement is lower now than it had been in the past.

Boda is encouraging constituents with questions to contact the returning office and asking voters to visit the Elections Saskatchewan website or call their toll-free number 1-877-958-8683

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5 candidates confirmed in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

March 2 vote will elect new MLA to replace Roger Parent, who died in November

CBC News Posted: Feb 14, 2017 3:54 PM CT| Last Updated: Feb 14, 2017 5:32 PM CT

Running in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection are (from top left, clockwise): Shawn Setyo, David Prokopchuk, Brent Penner, Darrin Lamoureux, Ryan Meili.


Voters in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection will have five candidates to choose from when they go to the polls next month.

The five men were confirmed by Elections Saskatchewan as official candidates after the 2 p.m. CST Tuesday nomination deadline.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

■Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Liberal Party.
■Ryan Meili, New Democratic Party.
■Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party.
■David Prokopchuk, Progressive Conservative Party.
■Shawn Setyo, Saskatchewan Green Party.

The byelection, triggered by the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent in November, is slated for March 2.

Registered voters in Saskatoon Meewasin should receive their voter information cards in the mail soon.


Eligible voters must be at least 18 years old, a resident of the riding, and have lived in the province for six months before the date the byelection was called.

More information about voting options and eligiblity can be found on Elections Saskatchewan's website.

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Saskatoon Meewasin byelection: Candidates talk federal carbon tax

Wondering who to vote for? Here's what Saskatoon Meewasin candidates think about Saskatchewan's biggest issues

CBC News Posted: Feb 22, 2017 6:00 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017 6:00 AM CT

Running in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection are (from left to right): Darrin Lamoureux, Ryan Meili, Shawn Setyo, Brent Penner and David Prokopchuk.


Wondering who to vote for in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection?


To help you decide, CBC Saskatoon is publishing responses from the five candidates on a different issue every day this week.

From racism to legalizing marijuana, we'll find out where the candidates stand on the biggest issues facing Saskatchewan people.


Federal carbon tax

carbon taxes
In Oct. 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took provinces by surprise when he announced they have until 2018 to adopt a carbon pricing scheme. (CBC)

Question: What is your personal opinion on the federal carbon tax? How should the money collected from a carbon tax be allocated?
■Sask. alone in threatening carbon tax suit: Brad Wall

Candidate responses​

Ryan Meili, New Democratic Party:

Ryan Meili
Ryan Meili is running for the New Democratic Party in the Saskatoon Meewasion byelection. (Ryan Meili/Facebook)


We need the government to step up and present a made-in-Saskatchewan response to climate change. That means making the biggest polluters pay for the pollution they cause, while providing supports for families, farmers and small businesses.

The Saskatchewan Party is playing politics with our future and making us more vulnerable to having a federal scheme imposed on us. We should be showing leadership, instead of playing political games.

It's the Saskatchewan Party's failure, over 10 years in power, to come up with a credible plan that has led to Ottawa imposing one on us. Every other province has approached the federal government with a plan that works for their local economy. We're the only province that has done nothing on this file.

If the Saskatchewan Party actually implemented the green technology fund they passed in 2009, they'd have a leg to stand on when negotiating with the federal government. Had that fund been implemented, the Conference Board of Canada estimates that more than $1 billion would have been added to the Saskatchewan economy and 8,500 Saskatchewan jobs would have been created in the first four years. We could really use those jobs now, especially since last week's jobs numbers show that Saskatchewan lost 8,800 full-time jobs since this time last year.

In 20 years, when our grandchildren ask us what we did to address the threat of climate change, we're going to have a hard time explaining that our provincial government spent more time and energy seeking headlines than proposing something that actually helps us build the clean energy infrastructure of the future.

Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party:

Brent Penner
Brent Penner is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Brent Penner/Facebook)

I am fundamentally opposed to a federal carbon tax being forced on Saskatchewan people, families and businesses. A carbon tax would disproportionately harm Saskatchewan's economy at a time when our resource, energy and agriculture sectors are under stress due to low global commodity prices. With the federal carbon tax plan, our trade-exposed businesses and carbon-intensive sectors will be put at a disadvantage because our biggest competitors — the United States, Russia, Belarus and Saudi Arabia to name a few — are not imposing similar taxes.

And if the point of a carbon tax is just to give it all back to impacted people, then there will be absolutely no impact on emissions, rendering the carbon tax into nothing more than a bureaucratic merry-go-round, as Premier Brad Wall has said.

The provincial government has estimated the annual cost of a carbon tax to be $1,250 for the average Saskatchewan family and anywhere between $10,000 to $100,000 for every farm family. A carbon tax would essentially be a tax on everything, increasing the price of gas, groceries and food at a time when family finances are tight. Now is not the time to be imposing a massive new tax on families that would seriously put our economic recovery at risk.

Major developing economies such as China, India and Vietnam are undertaking major expansions in conventional coal-fired technology, a large source of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of shutting down our power stations, Saskatchewan, with our 0.3 per cent of [Canada's] 1.6 per cent of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, can have a greater impact on climate change through innovation and technology. We are world leaders in carbon capture through our Boundary Dam 3 project in Estevan, Sask., which cuts emissions from coal-fired plants by 90 per cent. We are also innovating through SaskPower with its plans to move to 50 per cent renewable capacity by 2050.

Let's use Saskatchewan's pioneered technology to better contribute to fighting climate change.

Shawn Setyo, Saskatchewan Green Party:

Shawn Setyo
Shawn Setyo is running for the Saskatchewan Green Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection (Creeden Martell/CBC)

I believe the federal carbon tax is vague and indiscriminate to certain sectors of our economy, like farming.

The federal government will impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan if the province does not implement one itself.

Rather than wait, and invite federally-imposed carbon pricing, we must act now to establish a fairer, made-in-Saskatchewan program to reduce carbon emissions, [one] that is tailored to our economy, one that fairly taxes big polluters while protecting our most vulnerable citizens and sectors.

David Prokopchuk, Progressive Conservative Party:

David Prokopchuk
David Prokopchuk is running for the Progressive Conservative Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (David Prokopchuk/Facebook)

The federal proposal for a carbon tax simply does not work for Saskatchewan because Saskatchewan's natural offsets are not being recognized or valued.

The federal government have arbitrarily priced carbon at $30 a tonne without first putting in place a federally-regulated mechanism to establish the value of carbon. As a Progressive Conservative, we've always believed that we are better off to offer incentives to mitigate carbon as opposed to penalizing and taxing.

As an example, it would penalize farmers — who, through their crops, absorb far more carbon dioxide than they produce — in growing those crops. It gives them no recognition for the value they bring to our entire globe. We have a federal government who seems to not understand Saskatchewan and [not] understand how our economy works.

My fear is that if he does impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan, Mr. Wall will protest, and then just as in British Columbia, it will not implement a revenue neutral tax. He will just spend the money on the Saskatchewan Party government's pet projects, like the Regina bypass, or claim how he has managed to get closer to a balanced budget.

If an appropriate carbon pricing regime is put in place, the PC Party would see new technology and tax [measures] put in place to enhance things like our waste heat usage initiative, to grow fruit and vegetables locally instead of producing tonnes of carbon transporting that produce from California.

Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Liberal Party:

Darrin Lamoureux
Darrin Lamoureux is running for the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Darrin Lamoureux/Facebook)

The Saskatchewan Liberal Party supports the National Carbon Pricing plan because we want pipelines originating in Saskatchewan with supply chains built across Canada, to allow us to ship our Saskatchewan products to global markets. The country's four largest provinces have already adopted or are in the process of adopting carbon-pricing plans because of the threat that climate change poses. In order to remain competitive, carbon pricing is a reality we cannot ignore.

The Brad Wall approach is to try and use this issue as a smokescreen to deflect from their record of mismanaging the province's finances. Brad Wall and the former [federal] Conservative government refused to work with provinces on carbon pricing at a national level. As a result, not a single inch of pipelines to tidewater was built on their 10-year watch.

Recently, two major pipelines have been approved because of carbon pricing. These pipelines will create thousands of jobs for Saskatchewan oil workers due to increased production.

Additionally, Saskatchewan is home to one of the country's largest pipeline manufacturers, which will employ more people due to the construction of these pipelines.

All revenue collected from carbon pricing in Saskatchewan stays in Saskatchewan. As part of a made-in-Saskatchewan solution we would support the elimination of personal income taxes for every Saskatchewan resident.

This is the second of a five-part series by CBC Saskatoon ahead of the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection on March 2. Each day CBC Saskatoon will publish one answer from each of the five candidates to a question regarding a pressing Saskatchewan issue.

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Saskatoon Meewasin byelection: Candidates weigh in on racism in Sask.

Wondering who to vote for? Here's what Saskatoon Meewasin candidates think about Saskatchewan's biggest issues

CBC News Posted: Feb 21, 2017 6:00 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017 6:00 AM CT


From carbon pricing to legalizing marijuana, we'll find out where the candidates stand on the biggest issues facing Saskatchewan people.

Today, the candidates respond to a question about racism in Saskatchewan.

Racism

Boushie
Colten Boushie was shot and killed on Aug. 9. (Facebook)

Question 1: The shooting of Colten Boushie has contributed to a raw discussion about race relations in Saskatchewan. What work would you do to change the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Saskatchewan people?


Candidate responses

Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Liberal Party:

Darrin Lamoureux
Darrin Lamoureux is running for the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Darrin Lamoureux/Facebook)

I will continue to work as a party to what we have been working on for the last three years to open the lines of communication between our Indigenous governments, federal governments and the provincial party to see what we [can] collectively do about eradicating stereotypes and misinformation that, if left unchecked, can lead to hate propaganda and unfortunately racism.

Ryan Meili, New Democratic Party:

Ryan Meili
Ryan Meili is running for the New Democratic Party in the Saskatoon Meewasion byelection. (Ryan Meili/Facebook)

Over a decade of working alongside Indigenous peoples in both health care and organizing, I've learned, and continue to learn, a great deal about respectful engagement and building positive partnerships. The complex and tragic history of this province with regards to the treatment of First Nations and Métis peoples makes the road to reconciliation a challenging one.

One of the reasons it is so challenging is that discrimination against Indigenous people in this province is not a thing of the past. For example, I frequently have patients recount to me their experiences of mistreatment while seeking health care services.

We need to see a serious discussion in Saskatchewan about our efforts toward reconciliation. The Legislature unanimously supported the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, but there has been little evidence of those recommendations being a priority for this government, including a failure to apologize, as promised, for the province's role in the Sixties Scoop.

As MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin I would work to develop relationships with First Nations and Métis communities that honour the spirit of the treaties that are the foundation of and blueprint for our co-existence in Saskatchewan.

Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party:

Brent Penner
Brent Penner is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Brent Penner/Facebook)

The Saskatchewan Party government has made it a priority to improve the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Saskatchewan. In 2008, the government made treaty education a mandatory part of the curriculum in all Saskatchewan schools. I believe that this has already begun to foster a better understanding of the integral relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in our province.

The Saskatchewan Party government has also worked to improve the education and employment outcomes for Indigenous people in Saskatchewan. Investments have already been made to implement recommendations made by the Joint Task Force on Improving Education and Employment Outcomes for First Nations and Métis people.

In the most recent legislative session, the Assembly unanimously passed a motion supporting the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report. The Saskatchewan Party government has already begun to address many of the recommendations in the report that pertain to provincial jurisdiction. If I am fortunate enough to earn the privilege of serving as the MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin, I would be supportive of these continued efforts in implementing the TRC's recommendations and would look to build on the good work that is already underway across government.

Shawn Setyo, Saskatchewan Green Party:

Shawn Setyo
We have found out, as a party, the best way for people to understand and appreciate each other is through collaborative work. Giving people the opportunity to meet and understand each other on a human level would help relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Saskatchewan people.

This could be done by initiating programs where Saskatchewan residents partake in cultural events together as a community. So increased invitations and cross-cultural attendance to events like powwows, drum circles and sweat ceremonies.

We must also teach our young the history of First Nations people. Teach them about their culture, traditions and ways of life. We must also never forget to teach about the atrocities [of the] residential school and how they stripped a generation of First Nations people away from their homes.

To understand where [and] what we want to accomplish as a province we must first understand our shared history, which includes the history of all the citizens of Saskatchewan.

David Prokopchuk, Progressive Conservative Party:

David Prokopchuk
David Prokopchuk is running for the Progressive Conservative Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (David Prokopchuk/Facebook)

Prior to even attempting to change the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples we must first identify what issues plague the relationship.

Through education we can eliminate misconceptions, historical prejudices and begin to address these social and economic issues. This begins from the bottom up. The Government of Saskatchewan must work and help empower Indigenous individuals so they can play their chosen role in our society.

This is the first of a five-part series by CBC Saskatoon ahead of the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection on March 2. Each day CBC Saskatoon will publish one answer from each of the five candidates to a question regarding a pressing Saskatchewan issue.

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Deadline looms to apply for absentee, home voting in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


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Published on: February 21, 2017 | Last Updated: February 21, 2017 3:38 PM CST



Elections Saskatchewan wants to remind voters that the deadline to apply for absentee or home voting in next month’s Saskatoon Meewasin byelection is Wednesday.

Voters who are homebound as a result of a disability can fill out an application form that will allow an election official to visit their homes. After completing the application, it must be emailed to the Saskatoon Meewasin returning office at SME@elections.sk.ca or dropped off at 219 Primrose Drive, inside the Kinsmen/Henk Ruys Soccer Centre.

The byelection is set for March 2.

According to Saskatchewan’s chief electoral officer, Michael Boda, 574 homebound voters and 4,420 absentee voters cast ballots in last April’s provincial election.

The constituency has been vacant since the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent in November. NDP members in the constituency chose Ryan Meili and Saskatchewan Party members selected Brent Penner to run for the seat. The provincial Liberal candidate will be Darrin Lamoureux, the Green Party’s will be Shawn Setyo and the Progressive Conservatives’ will be David Prokopchuk.


In the last provincial general election, Parent (3,500 votes) won the seat by 523 votes over NDP candidate Nicole White (2,977 votes). A total of 6,932 voters cast their ballots in the constituency; 12,075 people were registered to vote, representing 57.6 per cent of registered voters

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Saskatoon Meewasin byelection: The candidates on regulating legalized marijuana

Wondering who to vote for? Here's what Saskatoon Meewasin candidates think about Saskatchewan's biggest issues

CBC News Posted: Feb 23, 2017 6:00 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017 6:00 AM CT

Running in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection are (clockwise from top left): Brent Penner, Ryan Meili, David Prokopchuk, Shawn Setyo and Darrin Lamoureux.


From revenue sharing to carbon pricing, we'll find out where the candidates stand on important issues facing Saskatchewan people.

Today, the candidates respond to a question about legalizing marijuana.

Legalizing marijuana

marijuana plant
The Canadian government has promised to table legislation legalizing cannabis in spring 2017. (CBC)

Question: The federal government is set to legalize and regulate marijuana. How should Saskatchewan regulate marijuana sales once the federal legislation is passed?

Candidate responses

​Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party:

Brent Penner
Brent Penner is running for the Saskatchewan Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Brent Penner/Facebook)

As a former police officer, my biggest concern with the legalization and regulation of marijuana is the possibility of an increase in the number of people driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol on our roads. Saskatchewan already has one of the highest rates of impaired driving in the country and anything that could possibly add to that statistic in a negative way needs to be implemented with caution.

The federal government has yet to outline their plan for the legalization of marijuana. There are many questions that still need answers, such as who will be allowed to buy and sell, where it will be sold and who will keep the tax revenues? It is my understanding that the federal government is expected to introduce legislation to address these questions in the coming months. Until then, my focus and the government's focus is on ensuring that the health and safety impacts of legalized marijuana are addressed before we make decisions around the distribution and regulation of marijuana.

Shawn Setyo, Saskatchewan Green Party:

Shawn Setyo
The federal legalization of cannabis gives the provinces a once-in-a-generation opportunity that we shouldn't miss.

Saskatchewan, with its many hours of sunshine and fertile soil, is poised to take advantage of legalization by expanding our existing hemp cannabis industry to include medical and recreational cannabis. A number of other things have to be done right to seize this opportunity most effectively.

We shouldn't do what was done in the post-alcohol prohibition era by replacing the federal criminal prohibition with our own provincial prohibition or onerous regulations. That will just waste money on enforcement and put us behind the rest of the country. Recreational cannabis should be taxed just right. The tax rate should be low enough at first to ensure that people who operate outside the legal regime are squeezed out of the market by legal products. Over time, the taxes can be raised, but not too soon and not too quickly or it will create an opportunity for the black market.

Regulations should ensure that small-scale cultivation is protected. All of the legal states in the U.S. have allowed private and small business to get involved and it has resulted in a boom for their economy.

On the medical side, the province must support the court-affirmed constitutional right of patients to reasonably access medical cannabis. With provinces being the primary providers of healthcare, Saskatchewan should also explore where medical cannabis can be used to make care more effective and less expensive. Many users are able to cut or eliminate their use of other prescription drugs which can be expensive and carry harmful side effects. Disabled users can sometimes get back to work. We should explore where cannabis [can] be used in this way to cost-effectively enhance the care and the lives of the Saskatchewan people.


David Prokopchuk, Progressive Conservative Party:

David Prokopchuk
David Prokopchuk is running for the Progressive Conservative Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (David Prokopchuk/Facebook)

Before this conversation can even start, the federal government needs to first establish what the age of majority is across Canada when it's legalized. They also need to take steps to establish at what level of possession decriminalization takes place. The federal government needs to establish the THC level limits in the legalized product before asking provinces to put in place the proper regulation of the distribution mechanisms, similar to alcohol. Our fear is that if these steps are not taken, what will happen is the current illegal marketing structure will continue to flourish and may encourage its diversification into more harmful narcotics like meth or fentanyl. Finally, the public's safety concerns must be satisfied with respect to being able to quantify an individual's level of impairment before any sales can take place.

Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Liberal Party:

Darrin Lamoureux
Darrin Lamoureux is running for the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Darrin Lamoureux/Facebook)

We will work within whatever framework and rules are put forward by the federal government and will welcome the new stream of tax revenue. Where the provincial government needs to focus is ensuring that necessary regulations and awareness programs are in place to keep impaired drivers off the road and ensuring that our law enforcement has the means to test for and enforce impaired driving laws for those under the influence of marijuana.

Ryan Meili, New Democratic Party:

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Ryan Meili is running for the New Democratic Party in the Saskatoon Meewasion byelection. (Ryan Meili/Facebook)

If marijuana is legalized, it will be up to the provincial government to establish appropriate rules around acceptable age for purchase, regulations around driving while under the influence, and mental health and addictions support for people who are not able to consume it in a safe and moderate fashion.

The experience from several states across the U.S. shows that legalization can be an important source of revenue. We would also want to ensure that in exchange for Saskatchewan shouldering the regulatory burden and any associated support services, we will be receiving a fair share of those funds

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Saskatoon Meewasin candidates pitch their message ahead of byelection



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Candidates in Saskatoon Meewasin are on the campaign trail getting feedback from voters ahead of next week’s provincial byelection.

The riding has a history of close election results, and all five candidates are knocking on doors working to capture votes.

Liberal candidate Darrin Lamoureux says he’d like to see the province’s film tax credit restored, especially with the lower Canadian dollar. He's concerned about funding for education and says it could be improved by reducing the number of MLAs.


“Let’s start with how many MLAs are elected. Do we really need 61 MLAs? There are 14 MLAs and 10 city councillors for the city of Saskatoon,” he said.

Ryan Meili with the NDP says cuts in education and health care are a concern. He would look at finding revenue to hire workers and teachers.

“Putting everything on the table, which means looking at how long do you run a deficit? Where does the revenue come from? Where is the spending happening?” Meili said. “Having a proper open discussion about all our options.”

Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner says the provincial government has reduced wait times and made investments in infrastructure. Low taxes and a good business environment are key, he says.

“We’re already seeing signs of that in our province with respect to investment in the south east from companies outside our province,” Penner said. “They’re coming here rather than investing in their own province because of the investment climate that we have in Saskatchewan.”

David Prokopchuk, running for the Progressive Conservative Party, says voters are upset about the looming $1.2-billion deficit. He believes PST revenue is one way to reduce the number, but says income taxes should not go up.

“We need to look at broadening the PST, broadening the value-added taxes,” he said. “Take a look at increases on that side. That’s where we need to do it, not on the income tax side.”

The Green Party’s candidate, Shawn Setyo, says diversifying the economy is the best way to tackle the deficit.

“Diversifying the economy into sectors like the tech sector, like the manufacturing of renewable energies. Looking into these and seeing if there is a viable option to build these industries in Saskatchewan,” he said.

Saskatoon Meewasin runs along the South Saskatchewan River and includes mostly residential neighbourhoods, with a mix of small businesses and industrial operations.

Nearly 7,000 ballots were cast in the constituency during last year’s general election. The winner, Saskatchewan Party member Roger Parent, earned a little more than 50 per cent of the vote.

The riding’s legislative seat was left vacant after Parent died in November, two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The byelection is set for March 2, with advanced voting beginning Friday.

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Advance polls open Friday for Meewasin byelection


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(Clockwise from top left) Ryan Meili (NDP), Brent Penner (Sask Party), Davif Prokopchuk (Progressive Conservatives), Shawn Setyo (Green Party) and Darrin Lamoureux (Liberal) are running in a byelection for the provincial Saskatoon Meewasin seat. (SP archives)


Voters in the Saskatoon Meewasin riding can begin casting ballots Friday afternoon as advance polls are scheduled to open.

The polling stations, located at the Ramada Hotel on Idylwyld Drive and the Saskatoon Kinsmen/Hank Ruys Soccer Centre on Primrose Drive, are scheduled to be open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday.

With voter pre-registration closed, 12,121 people are registered, according to Elections Saskatchewan. A total of 6,932 people voted in the riding in the last provincial election.

The official date for the byelection is March 2. The candidates in the riding are Darrin Lamoureux (Liberal), Ryan Meili (NDP), Brent Penner (Sask Party), Davif Prokopchuk (Progressive Conservatives) and Shawn Setyo (Green Party).

The Meewasin seat has been vacant since Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent died in November.




Anyone not registered can do so at a polling station.

The full list of advance poll times is as follows:

Friday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25, Noon to 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 26, Noon to 7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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( the new mainstreet poll has the 2 candidates virtually tied now with by election looming on march 2 )


Latest poll puts NDP and Sask. Party in dead heat for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Sask. Party's Brent Penner and NDP's Ryan Meili are neck and neck, according to Mainstreet poll

CBC News Posted: Feb 25, 2017 5:00 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 25, 2017 5:00 AM CT

Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner (left) and the NDP's Ryan Meili are neck and neck in the race for the seat of Saskatoon Meewasin, according to a new Mainstreet Research poll.


A new poll shows the Saskatchewan Party's Brent Penner has edged ahead in the race for the seat of Saskatoon Meewasin, putting him in a dead heat with the NDP's Ryan Meili.

The Mainstreet Research Poll, conducted for Postmedia on Thursday and released Saturday, predicts a fight to the finish for the two opposing candidates vying for the Saskatoon riding.


The poll results found Penner with 45 per cent of the vote and Meili with 44, among decided or leaning voters. A random sample of this size would yield a margin of error of plus or minus 4.71 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Darrin Lamoureux
Darrin Lamoureux is running for the Saskatchewan Liberal Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Darrin Lamoureux/Facebook)

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Shawn Setyo is running as the Saskatchewan Green Party candidate. (Shawn Setyo/CBC)

These latest numbers put an end to an early lead in the polls for the NDP.

Mainstreet Research executive vice-president David Valentin said in a release that it was a significant turnaround for the Saskatchewan Party candidate.

"In our last poll, we pointed out the low results for the Saskatchewan Party were underpinned by low support among younger voters who were registering high undecided rates," he said.

"It looks like those voters have made up their minds and decided to stick with the government they know."

Valentin added that there had been movement in the favourability ratings for Ryan Meili and Brent Penner, with the latter increasing eight percentage points. Meili's favourability fell slightly, according to the poll.

The pair will face off in a live debate on CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning at 7:12 a.m. CST on Monday, Feb. 27.

Less than a week until byelection

The byelection, triggered by the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent in November, is slated for March 2.

David Prokopchuk
David Prokopchuk is running for the Progressive Conservative Party in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (David Prokopchuk/Facebook)

In addition to Meili and Penner, three other candidates are vying for the Saskatoon Meewasin seat: Shawn Setyo of the Green Party of Saskatchewan, Darrin Lamoureux of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party and David Prokopchuk of the Progressive Conservative Party. Setyo and Lamoureux are the leaders of their respective parties.

The poll puts the Liberal Party with five per cent of the vote, and the Green Party with six. The Progressive Conservatives currently have zero per cent of the vote, according to the results.

It also notes that byelections are notoriously hard to predict because voter turnout is unstable.

Monday's CBC Radio debate between Brent Penner and Ryan Meili will be livestreamed at CBC Saskatoon's Facebook page starting at 7:12 a.m.

To help Saskatoon residents decide on voting day, CBC News published responses from the five candidates on a different issue every day this week.

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Sask. Party, NDP lead tight race for Saskatoon-Meewasin


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(Top from left) David Prokopchuk, PC; Darrin Lamoureux, Liberal; (Bottom from left) Ryan Meili, NDP; Brent Penner, Sask. Party; Shawn Setyo, Green Party.


The byelection race for Saskatoon-Meewasin is ramping up in the last lap.

The reigning Sask. Party and opposition New Democrats are now in a dead heat, according to a poll conducted by Mainstreet Research on Feb. 23.

“We’ve seen quite the turnaround for the Saskatchewan Party in this contest,” said David Valentin, executive vice-president of Mainstreet Research, in a news release Saturday.

Sask. Party candidate Brent Penner polled 39 per cent support, a slight edge over New Democrat Ryan Meili who garnered 37 per cent.

The frontrunners overlap within the poll’s margin of error of ± 4.71 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Mainstreet Research surveyed a random sample of 430 eligible voters in the riding by calling a combination of landlines and cell phones.

Valentin pointed out the Sask. Party saw weak results in the previous poll, conducted Feb. 6, due to low support among voters under the age of 50 – an age group that registered high undecided rates.

The latest poll found the number of undecided respondents dropped from 23 to 15 per cent.

“It looks like those voters have made up their minds and decided to stick with the government they know,” Valentin said.

While the Sask. Party name is recognizable, the poll found 50 per cent of the riding either hadn’t heard of Penner, or has no clear opinion of him.

Penner did, however, see an eight percentage point boost in favourability to 34%, while Meili’s rating fell four percentage points to 42%.

Valentin said more significantly, Meili’s unfavourability increased by nine percentage points to 34% – while Penner’s unfavourability remained steady at 15%.

He added that on the surface, the NDP has an advantage since the Sask. Party leads among the 18-34 voting set – who are least likely to cast a ballot in these contests.

“Given the margin of error and byelection turnout, we will truly have to wait until election night to see what happens,” Valentin said.

Other candidates in the running include Liberal Darrin Lamoureux, 3%; Progressive Conservative David Prokopchuk, 0%; and the Green Party’s Shawn Setyo, 5%.

The Saskatoon-Meewasin seat was held by Sask. Party MLA Roger Parent before his death in November 2016.

Advance polls opened Friday, ahead of the vote on March 2.

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Saskatoon Meewasin candidates weigh in on federal carbon tax, Sask fiscal state and sector reform


Morgan Modjeski, Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: February 25, 2017 | Last Updated: February 25, 2017 5:30 AM CST


(Clockwise from top left) Ryan Meili (NDP), Brent Penner (Sask Party), David Prokopchuk (Progressive Conservatives), Shawn Setyo (Green Party) and Darrin Lamoureux (Liberal) are running in a byelection for the provincial Saskatoon Meewasin seat.


Voters in Saskatoon Meewasin will cast their ballots in the constituency’s byelection next week.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix asked the five candidates to provide, in 100 words, their stances on public sector reform, the federal Liberal government’s carbon tax and how to address the provincial deficit. Where candidates went over the word limit, we cut their responses to the nearest sentence.

Here’s what they had to say.



1. What is your stance on the federal carbon tax?

David Prokopchuk (Progressive Conservative): The federal proposal for a carbon tax simply does not work for Saskatchewan because Saskatchewan’s natural offsets are not being recognized or valued.

The federal government has arbitrarily priced carbon at $30 a ton without first putting in place a federally regulated mechanism to establish the value of carbon.

As a Progressive Conservative, we’ve always believed that we are better off to offer incentives to mitigate carbon as opposed to penalizing and taxing. As an example, it would penalize farmers who through their crops absorb far more CO2 than they produce in growing those crops. It gives them no recognition for the value they bring to our entire globe.

Brent Penner (Saskatchewan Party): I am fundamentally opposed to forcing a carbon tax upon the Saskatchewan people. This tax would disproportionately harm Saskatchewan’s economy when resource and energy sectors are already under stress. This tax will put us at a trade disadvantage with the United States – our biggest trading partner and export market.

Instead, we can fight climate change through adaptation, and innovation. A carbon tax will simply do more harm than good. Through our Boundary Dam 3 project – which cuts emissions from coal-fired plants by 90 per cent –Saskatchewan is a world leader in carbon capture.

SaskPower is also addressing climate change through its commitment to 50 per cent renewables by 2030.

Shawn Setyo (Saskatchewan Green Party): I believe the federal carbon tax is vague and indiscriminate to certain sectors of our economy like farming. The federal government will impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan if the province does not implement one itself.

Rather than wait, and invite federally-imposed carbon pricing, we must act now to establish a fairer, made-in-Saskatchewan program to reduce carbon emissions that is tailored to our economy. One that fairly taxes big polluters while protecting our most vulnerable citizens and sectors.

Darrin Lamoureux (Saskatchewan Liberals): I support the national carbon pricing plan because we want pipelines and supply chains built across Canada that get Saskatchewan products to global markets. The country’s four largest provinces have already adopted carbon pricing plans because of the threat that climate change poses.

To remain competitive carbon pricing is a reality we cannot ignore. Two major pipelines have been approved because of carbon pricing. These pipelines will create thousands of jobs for Saskatchewan oil workers due to increased production. Brad Wall and the former Conservative government refused to work with provinces on carbon pricing at a national level. As a result, not a single inch of pipelines was built.

Ryan Meili (Saskatchewan NDP): We need a made-in-Saskatchewan solution to address climate change. Done well, we could not only protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that sustains us, we could also grow the economy and create jobs.

The Sask. Party’s refusal to act has left us vulnerable to having something imposed on us. In twenty years, when our grandchildren ask what we did to address the threat of climate change, we’re going to have a hard time explaining that our provincial government spent more time playing politics than building the energy infrastructure of the future.


2. What does Saskatchewan need to do to address the provincial deficit?

Prokopchuk: The government of Saskatchewan should look at deferring some of their P3 (public-private partnerships) projects, such as the Regina bypass, by concentrating on public safety parts of that project and leaving the rest until we can afford it.

The PC party is pleased that the Sask. Party is following our election platform of eliminating health regions. Our concern is that once the eliminations of health administration that they would not reallocate those saving to front line services. The PC party is adamant on not only keeping those savings in the health sector, but ensuring that it goes where it’s most needed.

Penner: In any organization, when expenditures exceed revenues, efficiencies need to be found and everything should be examined.

It’s no secret that the province is facing financial challenges due to low global commodity prices. This has resulted in resource royalties dropping by approximately $1.3 billion — approximately half of the revenues received two years ago.

When an organization faces a revenue shortfall out of its control, it needs to look at its expenditures in an effort to return to balance. While government must examine its expenditures, it’s important that citizens’ needs are kept top of mind to ensure policies do not harm economic recovery and necessary services.

Setyo: Diversifying the economy would be one step in the right direction. Injecting capital through investment in other industries could help kick-start the economy and help alleviate the deficit. The tech industry and new developments in the renewable energy sector have made it possible for smaller markets to profit.

Saskatchewan has an abundance of well-educated people as well as a large labour force that is ready to work. We should look to alternative industries and lead the way in creating new markets so we aren’t so heavily dependent on commodities in the extractive sector.

Lamoureux: To start, reduce the size of our legislature to 48 seats. Having 14 Saskatoon MLAs when there are only 10 city councillors makes no sense.

Furthermore, to grow our economy and help get the deficit under control we need to bring back the film tax credit and kick start an industry that employed thousands.

Additionally, we need to expand industry so we can be exporting value added refined gas and oil products to market. The question that needs to be asked is: How has the Sask. Party gotten the province into this position after the biggest boom in our history and why has the NDP been such an ineffective opposition.

Meili: After wasting ten years of record revenues, a $2 billion rainy-day fund, and billions in surpluses, this government has nothing to show beyond a growing deficit. Sask. Party financial mismanagement should not be used as an excuse to cut deeply in health care, education, and other services we all need.

A panicked response to this problem will only cause suffering and slow the recovery of the economy. We need a long-term plan that looks at the whole financial picture. This means ending expensive pet projects that benefit Sask. Party donors, and establishing a strategy that invests in Saskatchewan people for long-term prosperity.



3. What is your stance on potential reforms in the education and health sectors?

Prokopchuk: We need to keep locally elected school boards. School trustees consulting with taxpayers is vital to a responsive education system. Parents need an accountable third party between themselves and the senior government.

We have seen the problems with politically appointed boards in our health care system. The PC party is pleased that the Sask. Party is following our election platform of eliminating health regions. Our concern is that once the eliminations of health administration that they would not reallocate those saving to front line services. The PC party is adamant on not only keeping those savings in the health sector, but ensuring that it goes where it’s most needed.

Penner: Moving to a single health authority will result in a more effective and efficient and health system. This change will consolidate administrative functions and reduce costs. It will not reduce or centralize service.

Education is an extremely important issue to Saskatchewan people and I have a special appreciation, as my parents were both educators, for the hard and important work of teachers in helping the next generation reach its full potential.

Because the Government is currently reviewing school board governance with a panel of specialists, I want to see those findings before coming to any conclusions on the issue of elected school boards.

Setyo: Education and health care are critical services that are essential to the well-being and development of our province. The current freezes and cuts puts the future of Saskatchewan in jeopardy.

The austerity measures proposed by the government are a Band-Aid solution that will ultimately cost the province more in the long run. Resources should have been managed better during times of economic prosperity. The education and health sector should not have to pay for this government’s negligence. Teachers, educators and health care providers are some of the hardest working professionals in the province and the Sask. Greens do not approve of these measures.

Lamoureux: The talk of laying off educators and health care professionals due to the Wall government’s mismanagement of the resource boom is the wrong approach for the province. There has been no substantive consultation or debate on school board amalgamation.

Additionally, no one from the government has explained how their proposed plan will work. This is just another attempt by the Sask. Party to place blame on our hard-working teachers for their mismanagement of the province’s finances.

The proposed changes to health boards are also concerning as the last time the Sask. Party tried to undertake changes to healthcare we were left with the lean fiasco that cost millions but did nothing to improve patient care.

Meili: Caring for people, as teachers, nurses and social workers do, requires being a good listener to understand the unique challenges of each person and community.

The Sask. Party’s proposal to replace local, responsive health regions and school boards with a single top-down structure puts that important work at risk by threatening to silence local voices. Elimination of local boards is not about addressing these problems and making education or health care better; it’s about covering up mismanagement and making even deeper cuts to our hospitals, care centres, and classrooms.

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Voter turnout down during opening days of advance polls in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


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Published on: February 27, 2017 | Last Updated: February 27, 2017 1:25 PM CST


(Clockwise from top left) Ryan Meili (NDP), Brent Penner (Sask Party), Davif Prokopchuk (Progressive Conservatives), Shawn Setyo (Green Party) and Darrin Lamoureux (Liberal) are running in a byelection for the provincial Saskatoon Meewasin seat. (SP archives)


Voting in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection is down 19.6 per cent after the first three days of advance polls compared to the same time frame in the 2016 election.

According to numbers from Elections Saskatchewan, 1,069 people voted in advance polls between Friday and Sunday, down from 1,329 people who voted in Saskatoon Meewasin during the first 72 hours of advance polls in the 2016 general election.

Saskatchewan’s chief electoral officer says strong turnout is still expected.

“During the April 2016 provincial election, we saw a 66 per cent increase in ballots cast during advance voting, accounting for more than a quarter of ballots cast across the province,” said chief electoral officer Michael Boda in a news release.

“This trend may well continue.”

The March 2 byelection was called after longtime Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent died in November, days after announcing he had been diagnosed with cancer. Vying for the vacant seat are NDP’s Ryan Meili, Saskatchewan Party’s Brent Penner, David Prokopchuk of the Progressive Conservatives, Shawn Setyo from the Green Party and Liberal Darrin Lamoureux.

Pre-registered voters for the constituency currently number 12,121. Elections Saskatchewan on Monday said it is expecting a significant increase after the final registration count is tallied.

Those who were not pre-registered can still vote Monday and Tuesday by registering when they show up to cast their ballot between 3-10 p.m. at either the Ramada Hotel on Idylwyld Drive or the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre at 219 Primrose Drive.

Voters in the byelection must be Canadian citizens over the age of 18, must have lived in the province for at least six months, and must call the constituency home. Saskatoon Meewasin follows the river north from 24th Street to Pinehouse Drive and hits its westernmost point at Idylwyld Drive, cutting east to Circle Drive and north again on Warman Road.

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According to a Mainstreet poll for Postmedia News released last week, support for Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner has surged in recent weeks. A telephone survey of 430 Saskatoon-Meewasin voters on Thursday showed Penner and NDP candidate Ryan Meili neck and neck as the March 2 byelection looms.

Three weeks ago, a Mainstreet poll had Meili leading by 23 points.

The Feb. 23 poll had Penner with 39 per cent of support, ahead of Meili with 37 per cent. Fifteen per cent of survey respondents said they were undecided. The poll’s margin of error is 4.71 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Lamoureux, Setyo and Prokopchuk are also running in the byelection. None received more than five per cent support in last week’s survey.

A poll conducted on Feb. 8 had Meili the clear leader at 46 per cent, ahead of Penner with 23 per cent. At that time, 23 per cent of respondents said they didn’t know who they would cast a ballot for.

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Saskatoon Meewasin byelection: What you need to know


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Published on: March 1, 2017 | Last Updated: March 1, 2017 2:23 PM CST


Voters in the Saskatoon Meewasin riding head to the polls March 2 to determine their new MLA



Voters in the Saskatoon Meewasin riding head to the polls Thursday to determine their new MLA. Here’s everything you need to know.

Where do I vote?

You can only vote at your assigned polling station. If you registered to vote, the address of your polling station will be on the voter information card that was mailed to you. If you did not register to vote or did not receive a card, you can find your polling station online at www.elections.sk.ca. The polling stations in the riding are located at St. Anne School, Bethany Manor, Ecole River Heights School, Luther Heights, Ecole St. Paul School, North Park Wilson School, Ramada Hotel, First Mennonite Church, Army Navy & Airforce Veteran’s Unit No. 38 and Third Avenue United Church.

Who am I choosing between?

The byelection was called after longtime Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent died in November, days after announcing he had been diagnosed with cancer. Vying for the vacant seat are NDP’s Ryan Meili, Saskatchewan Party’s Brent Penner, David Prokopchuk of the Progressive Conservatives, Shawn Setyo from the Green Party and Liberal Darrin Lamoureux.

When do I vote?

Polling stations in the Saskatoon Meewasin riding are open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.


What do I need to bring with me to vote?

You must present a piece of government-issued photo ID with your name and address (such as a driver’s licence) or two pieces of non-photo ID that have your name and address (such as a voter information card, health card, utility bill or credit card statement).

If you don’t have appropriate identification, you can go to a polling station with a registered voter from your constituency and sign a declaration, with the registered voter vouching for you. Each person can only vouch for one other person.

I forgot to register. Can I still vote?

Yes. You can register at the polling station before you vote.

I won’t be in town on Thursday. Can I still vote?

No. If you did not vote by advance ballot and will not be able to get to your assigned voting station on Thursday, you will not be able to vote.

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