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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Editorial: Byelection will send a message


Saskatoon StarPhoenix Saskatoon StarPhoenix
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Published on: March 1, 2017 | Last Updated: March 1, 2017 10:24 AM CST


Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner (left) and NDP candidate Ryan Meili



When the going gets tough, it’s time to get voting.

On Thursday, citizens living in the Saskatoon-Meewasin provincial riding will cast ballots to choose a new representative in the legislature. The seat was vacated by the late Roger Parent, who died last November at just 63. His service should be remembered at this time.

This byelection is important on several levels. First, there is the simple competition between five candidates to see who will have the electorate’s support to win the job of MLA.

But this byelection will also take the temperature of the electorate about a year after the last provincial election.

The year has not been an easy one in Saskatchewan. Diminished resource revenues have created a fiscal crisis that is — and will continue to be — difficult to manage.

The deficit for the coming spring budget is currently estimated at $1.2 billion, and the Sask Party’s leader Brad Wall has repeatedly warned that “everything is on the table” when it comes to finding savings for a budget he described as “austere.” Even asking provincial employees to take unpaid leave days has been suggested.

The ballots cast will send a message to the premier and his caucus about how they are handling this gathering financial storm.

Another central question for voters is whether the NDP — or any of the other parties currently not in power — offer the leadership and ideas to win over the trust of the people. With the fiscal challenges in front of the province, do any of them have a plan that will find success on the other side?

Polls have shown the race is close enough that the message that will be sent is not set in stone.

For voters still unsure about which way to vote — or even if they are in the riding where the election will take place — the StarPhoenix has full coverage on its website at thestarphoenix.com. Saturday’s print edition laid out the positions of the five candidates.

The voters of Saskatoon-Meewasin have an important task ahead of them on Thursday. It is important that as many people as possible step forward to exercise their right to speak through a ballot.

http://thestarphoenix.com/opin.....-a-message
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Byelection for Saskatoon Meewasin being held today

Polls open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST

CBC News Posted: Mar 02, 2017 5:30 AM CT| Last Updated: Mar 02, 2017 5:30 AM CT

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


A new Saskatchewan MLA will be elected Thursday as the byelection is held for the Saskatoon Meewasin riding.

The seat has been empty since the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent on Nov. 30, 2016. The 63-year-old had represented the riding since 2011.



Five candidates are running for the seat, including two provincial party leaders:
■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 latest poll suggested a tight race for the Saskatoon riding. A Mainstreet Research poll suggested 45 per cent of decided or leaning voters favoured Penner, compared to 44 per cent support for Meili. 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.​


The two front-runners met for a live debate on CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning on Monday.


According to Elections Saskatchewan, there are 12,120 registered voters in Saskatoon Meewasin. More than 1,700 votes were cast at advance polls.

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.


Polls open at 9 a.m. CST and close at 8 p.m. Voters are asked to bring their ID and voter information card, which should have arrived in the mail.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.4005498
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Saskatoon Meewasin byelection results: Voting underway, polls close at 8 p.m.




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Published on: March 2, 2017 | Last Updated: March 2, 2017 5:25 PM CST



NDP candidate Ryan Meili (left, Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner (right) and (from middle, down) Saskatchewan Green Party candidate Shawn Setyo, Progressive Conservative candidate David Prokopchuk and Saskatchewan Liberal Party candidate Darrin Lamoureux,



Polls have been open since 9 a.m. and voters in the Saskatoon Meewasin riding are determining their new MLA.

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.

Polls close at 8 p.m., after which time results will be tabulated and released station by station and the new MLA will be determined.

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RESULTS

Darrin Lamoureaux, Liberal Party — 0

Ryan Meili, NDP — 0

Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party — 0

David Prokopchuk, Progressive Conservative — 0

Shawn Setyo, Green Party — 0

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The Saskatchewan Party’s government has grown each of the past three elections. In 2007, when the Sask. Party first took office, it won 38 of 58 seats, while the NDP fell to 20. In 2011, that number ballooned to 49 out of 58 seats, with the NDP taking the rest. In the 2016 election, the Saskatchewan Party claimed 51 out of 61 seats and the NDP claiming 10.


In the Meewasin riding, Parent successfully ran for the Saskatchewan Party in 2011 and 2016, beating NDP incumbent Frank Quennell in 2011 by 878 votes (approximately 12 percentage points) and Nicole White in 2016 by 523 votes (approximately eight percentage points).

Before the 2011 Saskatchewan Party victory, the Meewasin riding — which was known as Saskatoon River Heights from 1991-95 and Mayfair from 1967-91 — was won by the NDP in nine of the previous 11 elections.

Penner is the current executive director of the downtown business improvement district in Saskatoon, and a former Saskatoon city police officer.

Meili, a Saskatoon physician and social justice advocate, is a high-profile member of the provincial NDP, and has tried twice to become the party’s leader, losing to Dwain Lingenfelter in 2009 and Broten in 2012. He had never previously run in a provincial election.

Other candidates in the byelection included Saskatchewan Liberal Party leader Darrin Lamoureux, Saskatchewan Green Party leader Shawn Setyo and David Prokopchuk of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

High stakes for Sask Party, NDP in Saskatoon-Meewasin byelection


By Chris Vandenbreekel // March 2, 2017 - 3:00pm


The NDP's Ryan Meili, left, and Sask Party's Brent Penner, right, are running in an important race for their parties in the Saskatoon-Meewasin byelection on Mar. 2, 2017.


The Saskatoon-Meewasin byelection is a "big marker" for both the Saskatchewan Party and NDP according to a political expert in the province.

University of Regina Professor Ken Rasmussen told 650 CKOM the results of Thursday's vote will be a good test for each party's support.

He said governments don't historically do well in byelections, giving the NDP the upper hand.

"The expectation is the Sask Party will lose it," he said. "But if they win it, it's a very bad sign for the NDP."

Rasmussen noted it's an interesting race to watch between the NDP's Ryan Meili and Brent Penner, the Sask Party nominee. The most recent opinion polls show the two candidates in a dead heat leading into election day.

Given a large provincial deficit and austerity measures on the horizon, he said it may be a referendum on the direction the Sask Party is taking Saskatchewan in.

"If it's a big defeat for the government it clearly indicates that they're going to have to watch their back when it comes to budget cuts," he said.

But with Brad Wall still in the first year of his mandate from the last general election, Rasmussen said the government would have time to recover.

As for Meili, the stakes are higher.

"If he wins he's likely then to begin a leadership campaign for the NDP," Rasmussen said.

"If he can't win this kind of a seat at this time in the province's history, then there's either something wrong with his candidacy or something wrong with the NDP."

The professor added if Meili loses, it would likely spell the end of his career in provincial politics.

History of close votes

If past elections are any indication, Thursday's vote could come down to the wire.

In three elections in the past decade, no-one has won the Saskatoon-Meewasin riding by more than 878 votes.

That happened in 2011, when the Sask Party's Roger Parent beat NDP incumbent Frank Quennell.

Parent had a closer race in 2016, when he defeated NDP challenger Nicole White by a 523 vote margin.

The latest byelection is being held after Parent died of cancer in November.

Low voter turnout effects

Rasmussen emphasized the importance of voter turnout in Thursday's vote.

"If it's down to historic lows that's a concern for the NDP," he said. "They're trying to rally some support and send the government a message, but if people don't go out it will be a mixed blessing."

He pointed to the fact byelection turnouts are typically lower than a general election. Low voter turnout usually benefits the incumbent party, he noted.

Polls close in the byelection at 8 p.m. with 50 ballot boxes reporting in Thursday night. If the vote is close, results won't be confirmed until absentee and hospital votes are counted on March 14.

http://ckom.com/article/135934.....byelection
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the ndp have pulled off somewhat of an upset winning back a Saskatoon riding that had historically been ndp but won by Sask party last 2 elections , increase seat count by 1 but Brad Wall still has a large majority )


NDP’s Meili wins Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


Kevin Menz
Kevin Menz, Web Journalist

@kevinmenzCTV
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Published Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:55AM CST
Last Updated Friday, March 3, 2017 12:36AM CST

A Saskatchewan legislative seat is changing colour.

NDP candidate Ryan Meili won the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection Thursday over the Saskatchewan Party’s Brent Penner and three other candidates.

“We won,” Meili told a crowd of supporters after the win.


Ryan Meili
The NDP's Ryan Meili speaks to a crowd in Saskatoon after winning the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Angelina Irinici/CTV Saskatoon)



Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon
Saskatchewan NDP interim leader Trent Wotherspoon holds up Ryan Meili's arm after Meili's win in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Angelina Irinici/CTV Saskatoon)

Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner
Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner watches Saskatoon Meewasin byelection results roll in Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Angelina Irinici/CTV Saskatoon)

“Whether you were putting up signs or taking one for your own lawn, making phone calls or bringing in meals, knocking on doors or crunching numbers, casting your vote or helping others to cast theirs, this victory is yours.”

Meili, with all ballot boxes set to be counted Thursday night reporting, had earned 54.2 per cent of the vote, or 2,666 votes. Penner had earned 39.9 per cent, or 1,962 votes.

“I also want to say thank you to my opponents,” Meili said. “I just got off the phone with Brent Penner. He’s been very respectful throughout this. Every party was represented in this byelection, and it was a decent and respectful race, the kind of race that restores your faith in democracy.”

The remaining three candidates, the Liberal’s Darrin Lamoureux, the Progressive Conservative’s David Prokopchuk and the Green Party’s Shawn Setyo, had each earned fewer than four per cent of the vote.

One more ballot box — for absentee voting and from votes recorded at Saskatoon City Hospital — will be counted March 14, according to Elections Saskatchewan. The numbers as of Thursday night are unofficial.

Meili is a doctor in the city and founder of Upstream, a group focused on health-care discussions within the context of social issues. His win ups the number of NDP seats in the Saskatchewan legislature to 11.

Penner, a former Saskatoon police officer and current executive director of the Downtown Saskatoon Business Improvement District, conceded shortly before the last polls reported.

“Whenever you put a lot of time and effort into anything and you don’t get the result that you (want), there’s a disappointment there,” Penner told media, responding to a question about whether he’d run again.

“I certainly won’t rule that out, but it’s also too soon to commit to running again in an election a few years down the road.”

The Saskatoon Meewasin seat was previously held by the late Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent. Parent died in November, two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The Saskatchewan Party, which won 51 of the province’s 61 seats in last year’s election, now holds 49 seats. One of the party’s seats became independent last summer after Don McMorris left the caucus because of a drunk-driving charge. He has since been convicted.

University of Regina professor Ken Rasmussen, with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, told The Canadian Press this week a Meili win could factor into the NDP leadership race, which is expected in spring 2018.

The party lost their leader, Cam Broten, in the provincial election last April. Trent Wotherspoon has since taken over as the interim leader.

Meili ran unsuccessfully for the Saskatchewan NDP leadership in 2009 and 2013. He told reporters Thursday he's not ruling out another run for the party's leadership.

http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/nd.....-1.3307481
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