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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Saskatoon Meewasin provincial by election Reply with quote

( there is an upcoming by election in Saskatoon in a historically ndp riding that had been held by a sask party mla who passed away late last year . a date has not been set for the by election but a mainstreet poll indicates it will be a very close race , currently 37 ndp , 35 sask party)



NDP lead in latest poll on Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

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CTV Saskatoon
Published Monday, January 23, 2017 11:48AM CST
Last Updated Monday, January 23, 2017 1:08PM CST


A new poll suggests the NDP is in a good position to win the upcoming provincial byelection in Saskatoon Meewasin.

The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll, released Monday, shows the NDP slightly favoured above the Saskatchewan Party.

Thirty-seven per cent of the poll’s respondents said they’d vote for the NDP, while 35 per cent said they’re supporting the Sask. Party. The Green Party and Liberals tied for third, with each party earning three per cent support.

The poll surveyed 603 people between Jan. 20 and 21, and carries a margin of error of 3.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Ryan Meili and John Parry are running to be the NDP candidate. The party’s nomination meeting is scheduled for Monday night.

The Saskatchewan Party is set to choose its candidate Jan. 30. Brent Penner, Marv Friesen and Roxanne Kaminski have all put their names forward for the party.

Provincial Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux is also running, while David Prokopchuk is campaigning to be the Progressive Conservative Party candidate.

The Saskatoon Meewasin riding was represented by Sask. Party MLA Roger Parent, who died last month after he was diagnosed with cancer.

No date has been set for the byelection.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

'This was a shock': MLA Roger Parent dies hours after publicly revealing cancer diagnosis


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Published on: November 30, 2016 | Last Updated: November 30, 2016 4:34 PM CST


Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent's chair is shown in the Legislative assembly in Regina on Nov. 30, 2016, a day after he died



REGINA — Flags at the Saskatchewan legislature are at half-staff after the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent.

The 63-year-old member for Saskatoon Meewasin died Tuesday night at the city’s Royal University Hospital with family members by his side.

Word of his death came just a day after Parent’s wife, Sheila, revealed that her husband had received an unexpected cancer diagnosis after feeling unwell, and that the disease was widespread.

Premier Brad Wall said Parent’s death is a shock for everyone since the politician had only learned he had cancer in the last two weeks.

“This is all very sudden and profound, the loss,” Wall said Wednesday at the legislature.


“He had a very tough diagnosis, but this was a shock, and we’re going to miss him.”


Saskatoon Meewasin MLA Roger Parent died on Nov. 29, 2016

Parent was first elected as part of the governing Saskatchewan Party in 2011 and was re-elected in last spring’s vote.

He was a proud constituency man, who wanted to serve and didn’t ask to be in cabinet, said Wall, who had known Parent for more than a decade.

Before being elected, Parent was involved in several community initiatives involving homelessness and indigenous economic development. He had other passions, too, including a love of hunting, golf and home improvement projects, Wall said during a tribute.

“But here lately, seeing him beam about his grandson Nash, betrayed the fact that there was a new passion, a greater passion,” said an emotional Wall.

“And those of us who have worked alongside him and those who knew and loved him best, I know will resolve this day and all the days forward, that they’re going to ensure Nash knows the quality and character of his grandfather.”

NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon also offered condolences to Parent’s family and the Saskatchewan Party caucus and staff.

Wotherspoon said that despite being on opposite sides of the assembly, he and Parent would talk in the hallway about shared interests. They traded hunting stories and a love of the outdoors.

“He’s was always affable, quite gentle actually in exchange, and a good humour that he had, so I’ll miss those discussions,” said Wotherspoon.

“Sometimes I don’t think that’s always evident in this assembly … that there’s a level of humanity and relationship that extends across the floor. I found peace at times in those conversations with Roger in different corners of this assembly.”

There was no immediate word on funeral plans.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saskatoon Meewasin byelection will be critical


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Published on: December 13, 2016 | Last Updated: December 13, 2016 9:35 AM CST



Dr. Ryan Meili could be a potential candidate in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. Tyler Brownbridge / Postmedia


Saskatchewan politics can be cruel, unforgiving and relentless, as has been documented in this space over the years.

But it can stop being that way … at least for a little while.

Politics stopped being quite so cruel and unforgiving on the last day of the fall sitting, to allow both sides to pay tribute to Saskatoon Meewasin MLA Roger Parent after he passed away the previous night.

As unprecedented as it was for both the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP to agree to cancel question period and all other government business, it wasn’t the first time the system has demonstrated such decency and humanity. It can be always be found, if you look for it.

Strip away the partisan nastiness and you will find people quite capable of kindness and respect and needing to grieve over the loss of a good man.

But like the real world, grieving must pass and people, relentlessly, forge ahead.

While it may still feel uncomfortable to some, the Saskatchewan political world is already quietly searching for a suitable replacement for Parent, because of the short six-month window to do so under the province’s byelection law.

It’s unlikely Premier Brad Wall will wait until the last moment in May to call the byelection. The speculation is that the call will come next month for sometime in February.

The political reason for doing this would be to avoid the drubbing a government party candidate would endure on the doorsteps if the byelection was held during or shortly after a spring session in which top of mind for voters would be the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) fiasco and a likely horrific 2017-18 budget in the wake of 2016-17’s billion-dollar deficit.

Moreover, there is a critical strategic need for the Sask. Party right now to stop the snowball from growing any bigger as it rolls downhill. Expect the Sask. Party to run a recognizable candidate in a seat it won by a mere 523 votes last April.

One big political name that’s been the subject of much speculation is former Saskatoon mayor Don Atchison. Another such name is Lionel LaBelle, who has long been a mover and shaker in both the Saskatoon business community and the Sask. Party.

But if the Sask. Party plans to pull out all the stops, so does the NDP.

After the devastation of the April 4 vote, another political defeat within a year in a winnable city seat — one that the NDP has held for all but five years since it was created in 1995 and in an area of the city that the NDP has held for all but 13 of the last 50 years since 1967 — would be morale-destroying for the tiny 10-person NDP. With the resumption of nastiness, the Sask. Party will be eager to inflict that pain.

So the NDP will have a name candidate, although how they choose their name may be more interesting than the byelection itself.

The first name that should come to mind is previous NDP candidate Nicole White — one of the party’s rising stars who many thought was a shoo-in for the win.

However, two-time NDP leadership hopeful Dr. Ryan Meili has done little to dispel the notion that he still has ambitions of a third run, and a byelection win for Meili would be the perfect jumping-off point for such a bid.

Should White still be interested, this would create a hot NDP nomination fight that could quickly get even hotter.

There are rumours former NDP leader Cam Broten may be interested in a political comeback. However, like the Sask. Party talk of Atchison and LaBelle, the Broten talk seems more rumour than reality. Broten has clearly settled into post-political life and a return would be difficult.

Realistically, what people should be betting on is the NDP clearing the way for Meili’s candidacy, because the party can ill afford a divisive nomination battle.

The Saskatoon Meewasin byelection is that important to the NDP. In fact, it could become the most important Saskatchewan byelection of this generation.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( although Brad Wall and the sask party are well ahead province wide in Saskatchewan this is a small urban riding in Saskatoon that had been historically ndp and was won by a small margin by the sask party so the ndp is very much in the race here )


Meili wins NDP nomination for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Ryan Meili
Ryan Meili speaks during the Saskatchewan NDP Leadership Convention at TCU Place in Saskatoon, Sask., Saturday, March 9, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards


CTV Saskatoon
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:01PM CST



Ryan Meili will be representing the NDP in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.

The Saskatoon doctor was given the nod over competitor John Parry at a nomination meeting Monday night.

No date has been set for the byelection.


The Saskatoon Meewasin riding was most recently represented by Sask. Party MLA Roger Parent, who died last month after he was diagnosed with cancer.

The Saskatchewan Party is set to choose its candidate Jan. 30. Brent Penner, Marv Friesen and Roxanne Kaminski have all put their names forward for the party.

Other candidates include provincial Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux and David Prokopchuk, who is campaigning to be the Progressive Conservative Party candidate.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ryan Meili to seek NDP nomination for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


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Published on: December 15, 2016 | Last Updated: December 15, 2016 6:11 PM CST


Dr. Ryan Meili can be seen in this Saskatoon StarPhoenix file photo. Meili is taking issue with policy changes made by the NDP, noting he as a member only found out about the changes in late December.



Saskatoon doctor and public health advocate Ryan Meili has announced he’ll seek the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party nomination in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.

Meili, who unsuccessfully ran twice for the NDP leadership in 2009 and 2012, made his intentions known in a public Facebook post on Thursday.

“I’ve been involved as a physician and an advocate for a long time trying to push for a healthier Saskatchewan and a healthier overall Canada,” he said.

“It’s clear to me that if we want a healthier society, we need to be addressing the social determinants of health. Those factors — income, education, housing and food security — those are really the stuff of public policy.”

The Saskatoon Meewasin seat became vacant after the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent on Nov. 29. Meili is now taking steps to determine if a bid is possible, calling Parent’s death a “tragic loss” for Saskatchewan.

Parent beat out NDP challenger Nicole White by 523 votes during the recent election.

Kathy Young, chief of operations and communications for Premier Brad Wall, said the Saskatchewan Party government looks forward to the upcoming race “and will have a strong Saskatchewan Party candidate and a vigorously contested byelection in the coming months.”


Meili said he sees getting politically involved as an extension “of the values that brought me into medicine.” He hopes to further those values to “help improve the lives of more people” on a larger scale, as he’ll focus on what he feels are shortcomings by government in the fields of health care and poverty, he said.

“We need to see better management and better focus on what matters most,” Meili said, noting his aim is on the nomination, not a third bid for leadership. He called support from White “absolutely essential,” as she set groundwork in the riding for the NDP.

Daniel Béland, Canada Research Chair at the University of Saskatchewan’s Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, said it will be an interesting race, because if Meili — who Béland called a “prominent figure” on Saskatchewan’s left — wins the nomination, it will put pressure on the Sask. Party to put up a high-profile candidate.

“We’ll see, of course, first of all, if he gets the nomination and then if he can actually win in that riding.”

Saskatoon Meewasin has been held by the Sask. Party since 2011. Because Parent was a well-known and well-liked politician, the incumbent party is strong in the riding, Béland said.

“It will be an interesting test, if he is the nominee, for both Ryan Meili and the NDP.”

While Meili is still seen as a “controversial figure,” the bid may be encouraging for the NDP, as the party may potentially have a strong candidate in a riding considered Sask. Party territory, he said.

“Even within the NDP, there are people who really like him and there are people who think he might be too much on the left of the political spectrum.”

Under Saskatchewan legislation, a byelection must take place within six months after a seat becomes vacant. Therefore, this one must be held by May 29.

http://thestarphoenix.com/news.....n-meewasin
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there is also news of a possible pc party candidate )


David Prokopchuk seeking PC nomination in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

David Prokopchuk
A media release from the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan announces David Prokopchuk's intention to seek the party's nomination in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.



CTV Saskatoon
Published Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:53PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:54PM CST


The PC Party of Saskatchewan intends to run a candidate in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.

David Prokopchuk is seeking the Progressive Conservative Party’s nomination.

No date has been set for the nomination or the byelection.



Saskatchewan Liberal leader Darrin Lamoureux announced Wednesday he was entering the race, and Saskatoon doctor Ryan Meili said in December he was seeking the Saskatchewan NDP nomination.

http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/da.....-1.3249003
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the liberal leader also plans to run in the by election , although he normally runs in Regina so not sure how this will work out )


Sask. Liberal leader running in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Darrin Lamoureux
Saskatchewan Liberal leader Darrin Lamoureux announces his candidacy for the Saskatoon Meewasin seat in an upcoming provincial byelection on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Matt Young/CTV Saskatoon)



CTV Saskatoon
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:37PM CST



Saskatchewan Liberal leader Darrin Lamoureux has entered the race for the Saskatoon Meewasin seat in the upcoming byelection.

Lamoureux, who ran unsuccessfully for the Liberals in last spring’s provincial election, announced his candidacy Wednesday.

The only other confirmed challenger is Saskatoon doctor Ryan Meili, who is seeking the nomination as the Saskatchewan NDP candidate.


The Saskatoon Meewasin riding was formerly represented by Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent, who died last month after he was diagnosed with cancer.

No date has been set for the vote.

http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/sa.....-1.3247259
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Party members choose Brent Penner to run in Saskatoon Meewasin byelection


SASKATOON,SK-- April 11/2016 STAFF MUG --- STARPHOENIX STAFF MUGG THIA JAMES Monday, April 11, 2016. (GREG PENDER/STAR PHOENIX) Thia James, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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Published on: January 30, 2017 | Last Updated: January 30, 2017 10:04 PM CST


Premier Brad Wall congratulates newly chosen Sask Party nominee Brent Penner, who will be running in the Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Patrick Bundrock/Saskatchewan Party)


Brent Penner has been nominated to represent the Saskatchewan Party in the upcoming byelection to fill the seat left vacant in the Saskatoon Meewasin constituency after the death of MLA Roger Parent last November.

More than 200 party members cast ballots on Monday, selecting Penner over business owner Marv Friesen and commercial manager Roxanne Kaminski. Last week, members of the provincial NDP selected Dr. Ryan Meili as their candidate in the constituency.

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


Sask Party members fill the Diefenbaker Room at the Ramada Inn on Jan. 30 for the Saskatoon Meewasin candidate nomination meeting. Thia James/Saskatoon StarPhoenix / Saskatoon

Premier Brad Wall praised Penner’s long track record of involvement in the community and his work ethic after the announcement. He acknowledged Saskatoon Meewasin will be a tough constituency to win.

“It’s a very tight riding and the NDP have nominated a well-known individual in Dr. Meili, but no one is going to outwork Brent and he’s a great candidate for us,” Wall said.

An excited and “humbled” Penner said his work begins now.

“I’m certainly happy with the result and I’m happy to step forward and represent the people of Saskatoon Meewasin in the upcoming byelection,” he said.

Penner paid tribute to Parent during his address to the constituents, calling his nomination “bittersweet.”

“We all wish we weren’t here right now and Roger was still with us and this process wouldn’t have still needed to take place, but definitely I’ll work hard and Roger will always be with me as I’m door knocking. I’ve certainly learned a lot from his hard work, and the support of his family meant a lot to me.”

The premier has not yet set a date for the byelection, but by law it must be held by May 27.

http://thestarphoenix.com/news.....byelection
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Byelection may be more entertaining than insightful


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Published on: January 31, 2017 | Last Updated: January 31, 2017 6:01 AM CST


The Saskatchewan Party may be of two minds when it comes to the participation of Dr. Ryan Meili as the NDP candidate in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.



The notion that a byelection tells us a lot about the political climate is a myth.

Or at least here in Saskatchewan, this is what the historical numbers suggest.

In the past 30 years, Saskatchewan has seen 25 provincial byelections — 15 won by an opposition party candidate and 10 won by a government party candidate.

That 60 per cent/40 per cent split in favour of the opposition does little to validate the notion that byelections are always a protest vote against the government — especially when compared with far more telling statistics, like a riding’s recent voting history.

In those 25 Saskatchewan byelections going back 30 years, the candidate representing the party that held the seat in the previous election won 19 of them — an impressive 76 per cent. (This figure would be even higher if it included Buckley Belanger’s 1998 win, when he was the actual incumbent, but running as a New Democrat rather than a Liberal after crossing the floor.)

In fact, it’s been almost 17 years since a Saskatchewan byelection has seen anyone other than the candidate for the incumbent party win. (The Saskatchewan Party’s Yogi Huygebaert won Liberal Glen MacPherson’s seat in 2000.)

Of the last 25 byelections, only 13 were won by candidates whose party won the next general election. A coin flip would be about as insightful on the future direction.

Nevertheless, the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin seat is going to be be an entertaining one because both the Sask. Party and the NDP have staked a lot on the results.

An NDP win would be great morale booster, but a loss would be another body blow to New Democrats.

Given that this has been a traditional NDP area of Saskatoon that the party held from 1986 until 2011, it can be argued — not withstanding the late Roger Parent’s wins for the Sask. Party in both 2011 and last April — that the NDP has every bit as much claim to the Meewasin seat.

That Premier Brad Wall was seen in the Meewasin riding before Monday’s nomination shows the Sask. Party is already pulling out all the stops to keep the NDP from picking up another seat in the legislature before it resumes for what will be a brutal budget.

The Sask. Party is in desperate need of some sort of vindication so that it can claim its coming budget cuts are a necessary result of an economic downturn rather than its own spending decisions. Also, the Sask. Party simply doesn’t want to see a weakened NDP opposition re-establishing its hold on urban seats. Monday’s Sask. Party Meewasin nomination to choose either Brent Penner, Marv Friesen or Roxanne Kaminski will be a show of strength.

And then there is the Ryan Meili factor.

To knock off the NDP’s Meewasin byelection candidate — the guy that would now seem to be the frontrunner for the NDP’s leadership — would be incredibly meaningful to Wall and the Sask. Party. Those who follow politics more closely may have already noticed how Wall, on his Twitter feed, is already attempting to tie Meili directly to support of the unpopular federal carbon tax.

That said, the Sask. Party has a Plan B — one that welcomes the notion of a Meili win.

None of the three Sask. Party hopefuls are as widely known as Meili. This means the Sask. Party either couldn’t get or didn’t want to get a comparable name candidate.

While the Sask. Party dearly wants to win Meewasin, its strategists are already seeing the benefit of having Meili — seen to be on the left of the party — sitting in the legislature for the next three and half years.

Both interim leader Trent Wotherspoon and former leader Cam Broten (who barely beat Meili in the 2013 leadership contest) have tried to present the NDP caucus as moderates. Moreover, with the likelihood of someone from the current caucus running against Meili for the leadership, Wall cherishes his front row seat for this political entertainment.

This byelection may be more entertaining than informative.

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Brent Penner wins Sask. Party candidacy in upcoming byelection

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Brent Penner poses with Saskatchewan Party Leader and Premier Brad Wall after winning the party's nomination Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, for the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection. (Twitter/@PremierBradWall)
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CTV Saskatoon
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2017 10:52AM CST



Brent Penner has won the Saskatchewan Party nomination for the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.

The Downtown Saskatoon executive director and former police officer beat out Marv Friesen and Roxanne Kaminski to win the candidacy Monday night.

The Saskatoon Meewasin riding was most recently represented by Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent, who died last month after he was diagnosed with cancer.


Penner will be competing against NDP candidate and Saskatoon doctor Ryan Meili, provincial Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux and PC Party candidate David Prokopchuk for the legislative seat.

No date has been set for the byelection.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( just saw on twitter a by election has been called , unlike Kathleen Wynne , Brad Wall is not scared of the voters and giving them the opportunity to elect a new mla )


Byelection campaign to begin in Saskatoon Meewasin

Timing would allow new MLA to be sworn in for spring sitting beginning Mar. 6

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2017 9:52 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017 9:52 AM CT

The new MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin would be able to take a seat in the legislature in time for the spring sitting which begins Mar. 6.


Saskatchewan's premier is expected to officially kick off a byelection in Saskatoon Meewasin this morning.


The Saskatchewan Party has issued an advisory that Brad Wall will be available to speak with reporters at the home of the party's candidate on Friday at 11 a.m. CST.

The previous Saskatchewan Party MLA, Roger Parent, died late last year.

By law, a byelection must be held within six months of a seat's vacancy. In this case, that means before the end of May.

It's expected to come sooner than that, however — as the spring sitting of the Legislature begins on March 6.

If the campaign begins today, the new MLA can take a seat in the legislative assembly in time for that.

The Saskatchewan Party, the NDP, the Liberals and the Progressive Conservative party have all nominated candidates for the byelection.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/.....-1.3965465
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Updated
New MLA to be elected in Saskatoon Meewasin on March 2

Winner will take seat in assembly for spring sitting beginning March 6

CBC News Posted: Feb 03, 2017 9:52 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 03, 2017 10:41 AM CT

The new MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin will take a seat in the legislature in time for the spring sitting which begins Mar. 6.


Saskatchewan's premier officially kicked off a byelection campaign in Saskatoon Meewasin Friday morning.



Brad Wall has set March 2 as the date for the election of a new MLA in that constituency.

The previous Saskatchewan Party MLA, Roger Parent, died late last year.

By law, a byelection must be held within six months of a seat's vacancy. In this case, that meant before the end of May.

The earlier byelection date means the winner can take a seat in the legislative assembly in time for the spring sitting, which begins on March 6.

The Saskatchewan Party, the NDP, the Liberals and the Progressive Conservative party of Saskatchewan have all nominated candidates for the byelection so far.

■Brent Penner, Saskatchewan Party
■Ryan Meili, NDP
■Darrin Lamoureaux, Liberals
■David Prokopchuk, PC Party of Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan premier calls byelection for March to replace MLA who died

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, February 3, 2017 12:20PM EST
Last Updated Friday, February 3, 2017 12:23PM EST


REGINA -- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has called a byelection for March to fill a seat left vacant when its member of the legislature died.

The vote in Saskatoon Meewasin is to be held on March 2.

Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent died in November, two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Wall said he wanted to have the byelection before the legislature resumes sitting on March 6.

The premier said he expects a close race and a hard-fought campaign.

The three main parties have each chosen a candidate for the byelection.

Brent Penner, a former Saskatoon police officer and currently executive director of the Downtown Saskatoon Business Improvement District, will carry the banner for the Sask. Party.

Saskatoon doctor Ryan Meili, who has unsuccessfully tried twice to become NDP leader, will run for the New Democrats.

And provincial Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux has put his name in the race.

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Byelection between Penner, Meili in Saskatoon Meewasin set for March 2

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Published on: February 3, 2017 | Last Updated: February 3, 2017 11:25 AM CST


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


A byelection date was barely confirmed to fill the vacant seat in the Saskatoon Meewasin constituency, and the Saskatchewan Party was already attempting to make a carbon tax a major voting issue.

Voters will head to the polls on March 2, the provincial government announced Friday, with Saskatchewan Party candidate Brent Penner and NDP candidate Ryan Meili engaging in what is expected to be a competitive campaign. The byelection is being held to replace MLA Roger Parent, who died last November after battling cancer.

Wall, who has voiced strong opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s planned carbon tax, said his party “is standing up for Saskatchewan while the NDP is standing up for a carbon tax.” In a statement on Friday, Wall referenced an op-ed written in October by Meili and Dr. Courtney Howard, a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, in which they said “we applaud the federal government’s recent announcement of a minimum price on carbon.”

Penner, on Friday in a statement, said with “commodity prices remaining low, we face challenges and voters want to know: who is going to stand up for Saskatchewan against damaging federal policies like the carbon tax?”

Last week, after Meili accepted his candidacy, NDP Opposition Leader Trent Wotherspoon called the byelection “a critical moment” and a “critical opportunity.

“This byelection is our opportunity to tell the Sask. Party that they can’t keep dumping on Saskatchewan people and undermining the foundations that support the province … So this is our opportunity to show them that Saskatchewan’s people won’t give them a pass.”

Provincial Liberal Leader Darrin Lamoureux is also on the byelection ballot. In a tweet to The StarPhoenix on Friday, the Liberal Party said Lamoureux is “campaigning to bring effective opposition (and) strong leadership to the (legislature).”

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2 provincial party leaders now running in Saskatoon byelection

Sask. Green Party leader announced candidacy this morning

CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2017 8:36 AM CT| Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017 8:52 AM CT

The leaders of two provincial parties, Green Party of Saskatchewan leader Shawn Setyo and Saskatchewan Liberal leader Darrin Lamoureux will both be running in the upcoming Saskatoon Meewasin byelection.



The race for Saskatoon Meewasin is getting more interesting.

On Monday morning, Saskatchewan Green Party leader Shawn Setyo announced he will be running in the byelection set for next month. Setyo became leader of the party last year.

In a release, Setyo said he wanted to use the by-election to focus on "the people of Saskatchewan and our needs for a government based on equality, social justice and sound environmental principle."


Setyo joins Saskatchewan Liberal Party leader Darrin Lamoureux, who announced he would be running in the byelection last month.

Meanwhile, Downtown YXE executive director and former police officer Brent Penner is running for the Saskatchewan Party, while doctor and Upstream founder Ryan Meili is running for the NDP. David Prokopchuk is also running for the PC Party of Saskatchewan.

The byelection was required after the death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Roger Parent last year.

Voters in the constituency will head to the polls March 2

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