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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject: Sask Party to select a new leader in January 2018 Reply with quote

( there will be a new premier of Saskatchewan but not till January )

August 19, 2017 5:18 pm Updated: August 21, 2017 7:21 am

Saskatchewan Party to elect new leader in January

Thomas Piller - Web Producer By Thomas Piller
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The Saskatchewan Party will elect its next leader at a convention on Jan. 27, 2018.

The Saskatchewan Party announced that a new leader will be elected at a leadership convention in Saskatoon next year.

A new leader will be elected through a one-member, one-vote voting system on Jan. 27, 2018.

On Aug. 10, Premier Brad Wall announced that he would be stepping down as leader of the Saskatchewan Party once it had chosen a new leader.

The nomination filing deadline for candidates is Nov. 24.

Saskatchewan Party executive director Patrick Bundrock was appointed on Saturday by the provincial council as the electoral officer for the leadership election process.

“The next few months are going to be busy for the Saskatchewan Party, but they will be historic months,” Bundrock said in a press release.

“I look forward to the challenge of leading the party and leadership election organizing committee by running a smooth election process.”

READ MORE: Saskatchewan finance minister says budget update before leadership decision

The deadline to purchase a Saskatchewan Party membership in order to vote is Dec. 8.


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Jeremy Harrison withdraws from Sask. Party leadership race, backs Scott Moe

Harrison, former Minister of Economy, announced bid Aug. 19

CBC News Posted: Sep 01, 2017 9:19 AM CT| Last Updated: Sep 01, 2017 9:19 AM CT

Harrison is withdrawing from the Sask. Party leadership and is now backing Scott Moe.

Meadow Lake MLA Jeremy Harrison withdrew his name from the leadership race for the Saskatchewan Party and premier of the province on Friday.

Harrison said he will back Scott Moe, ahead of Moe's own leadership bid which is expected to be announced Friday in Saskatoon.

Harrison resigned from his cabinet position as the Minister of Economy and announced a leadership bid on Aug. 19.

In a press release, Harrison said Moe — a long-time friend of Harrison's — shares very closely Harrison's own values and principles.

Harrison said he is confident Moe would fight the federal carbon tax, and praised Moe as someone committed to ethics and accountability.

Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Gordon Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff and Alanna Koch are the others running for Sask. Party leadership


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Scott Moe announces bid for Sask. Party leadership

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Scott Moe announces his candidacy for the Saskatchewan Party leadership on Friday at Q-Line Trucking in Saskatoon. (MOSES WOLDU/CTV SASKATOON)

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Published Friday, September 1, 2017 10:52AM CST

Scott Moe has officially joined the Saskatchewan Party leadership race.

The Rosthern-Shellbrook MLA announced his candidacy Friday at Q-Line Trucking in Saskatoon.

“I am inspired every day by the people of our great province and everything we have been able to achieve in the last ten years,” Moe said in a news release.

“The Saskatchewan Party’s founding members and Premier Brad Wall knew the potential this province had and that vision is as true today as it was 20 years ago. Renewal is not just about one person, it’s about stepping forward together as a team to stand with Saskatchewan and ensure the foundation that Premier Wall built remains strong.”

Also Friday, Jeremy Harrison announced he’s stepping down from the leadership race and throwing his support behind Moe.

Moe was first elected to the legislature in 2011. He has served as the minister of advanced education, minister of environment, the minister responsible for Saskatchewan Water Corp. and the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency and a member of Treasury Board.

Moe was born and raised on a grain farm between Shellbrook and Parkside and holds a bachelor of science in agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan. He and his wife Krista live in Shellbrook and have two children.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gormley: Front-runners emerge in Sask Party leadership

Published on: September 1, 2017 | Last Updated: September 1, 2017 6:54 AM CST

It is an understatement to call the Saskatchewan Party’s leadership race to succeed Premier Brad Wall uncharted waters.

The SaskParty’s new leader will automatically become premier, a far cry from 1998 when Elwin Hermanson was chosen as the party’s inaugural leader over one serious contender in a convention where 3,300 party members voted.

Six years later, Brad Wall was acclaimed by a party on the cusp of forming government.

Now, a field of at least six candidates vies for the top job. And the political stakes are high.

At this early point, the presumptive front runners are Saskatoon lawyer and former Attorney General Gord Wyant and Alanna Koch, long time political insider and the first woman to head the Saskatchewan civil service, as the Deputy Minister to the Premier.

Not to disparage some excellent candidates, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Ken Cheveldayoff, Jeremy Harrison or soon to be announced Scott Moe, but there are reasons that Wyant and Koch are strong out of the gate.

Both are well organized. A winning campaign will have to place the candidate face to face with as many party members as possible in order to win their votes.

In addition to wooing party members on a combination of personality, competence and attractive policy, the candidate must also make the case that they are the best positioned to win the next general election, expected in 2020.

The winning candidate will have to receive the most votes on a preferential ballot where party members will rank their choices.

If the front-runner does not receive 50 per cent plus one of the votes on the first ballot (unlikely in a strongly contested, big field) the candidate with the lowest number of votes is dropped and their votes are distributed to the other candidates on the basis of the preferential ballots.

Hence, it’s critical for the eventual winner to have strong down-ballot support; in other words, being the popular second choice.

While a leadership race is decided by existing party members, a good campaign ground game aggressively recruits new people — not usually party members — who support the candidate and are prepared to buy memberships so they can vote, a process permitted until Dec. 8, in advance of the January 27 leadership vote.

Koch and Wyant have been quietly reaching out to their base for the past year.

Wyant, strong with urban professionals, unabashedly plays his federal Liberal party connections — a move fraught with some risk given Saskatchewan’s antipathy to the Justin Trudeau/Ralph Goodale tag team pushing a carbon tax and still defending their $10.5 million payout to admitted terrorist and killer Omar Khadr.

Wyant is seen as a moderate who can win the big game.

Koch is a serious contender among rural, small town and agri-sector players.

She inspires raving fandom among many people she has mentored and worked with in government or industry, in particular younger women. A lifetime political insider and policy expert, Koch’s Achilles heel is that she lacks elected experience and public profile.

She will also appeal to the many Saskatchewanians who believe that it is time for a woman after more than a century of 14 men in the premier’s office.

In the coming days, as momentum builds, different MLAs will throw their support to various candidates.

There’s long been a debate over caucus endorsements. One line of reasoning holds that each MLA has only a single vote and beyond some minor persuasive or reputational value, endorsements do not mean much.

Another school of thought holds that caucus support can sway party members because the elected people on the front lines best know the suitability of a candidate.

MLAs are also usually good organizers who can campaign, lock in supporters and wrangle support on the ground.

If caucus support counts, it could propel the candidacy of former Environment Minister Scott Moe, who although quiet and not publicly well known, is highly regarded by many SaskParty MLAs and insiders.

The uncharted waters ahead are about to get a lot more challenging in the coming weeks.

John Gormley is a broadcaster, lawyer, author and former Progressive Conservative MP whose radio talk show is heard weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on 650 CKOM Saskatoon and 980 CJME Regina.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill Boyd announces retirement as MLA for Kindersley

Resignation of original Sask. Party member comes less than 1 week after Brad Wall's retirement announcement

CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2017 3:29 PM CT| Last Updated: Aug 15, 2017 4:02 PM CT

Bill Boyd during last year's election. He was first elected as MLA in 1991.

Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd has announced he will be retiring from politics and thus resigning from his seat as of Sept. 1.

He was first elected in 1991 as a Progressive Conservative MLA and became PC Leader in 1994. Boyd was one of the original members of the Saskatchewan Party in 1997, pushing for its formation.

His announcement follows a similar retirement notice from Premier Brad Wall on Aug. 10. Wall said he will stay on until the party elects a new leader.

"When Premier Wall announced his retirement, he talked about renewal within the Saskatchewan Party," Boyd said, in a statement.

"I have been the MLA for Kindersley for a long time, so my retirement and a new MLA can be part of that renewal."

Boyd stepped down as MLA in 2002 and left politics for a time but ran again in 2007 and was elected as part of the first Saskatchewan Party government.

He was re-elected in 2011 and 2016.

"I want to thank the people of Kindersley constituency for the trust they placed in me over the past 26 years by electing me six times," Boyd said in the statement.

"It has been a tremendous honour for me to serve as MLA for this great part of our province."

'Now is the right time for this decision': Wall

Boyd served as a cabinet minister in the Sask. Party governments from 2007 to 2016, overseeing various ministries including energy and resources, and economy.

"If it wasn't for Bill Boyd, there wouldn't be a Saskatchewan Party," Wall said, also in a statement.

"Bill clearly feels it's time for renewal in our party and for the Kindersley constituency, so now is the right time for this decision."

Boyd is the third MLA this summer to announce his departure. Besides Wall's retirement announcement, Saskatoon-Fairview MLA Jennifer Campeau resigned in June to take a job in British Columbia. A byelection will be held in that riding on Sept. 7.

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Harrison and 20 other Sask. Party MLAs throw support behind Scott Moe in leadership race

Published on: September 1, 2017 | Last Updated: September 1, 2017 1:24 PM CST

Flanked by Sask. Party MLAs including Greg Ottenbreit, Bronwyn Eyre, Donna Harpauer, Jim Reiter and Kevin Doherty, Scott Moe announces his campaign to replace Brad Wall at the helm of the Sask. Party. Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Less than two hours after shelving his bid to replace Brad Wall, former economy minister Jeremy Harrison joined almost half the Saskatchewan Party caucus at the offices of a trucking company north of Saskatoon to support Rosthern-Shellbrook MLA Scott Moe’s campaign to become the province’s next premier.

Among the 21 MLAs to endorse the former environment minister — who was not initally expected to run — were finance minister Donna Harpauer, advanced education minister Kevin Doherty, environment minister Dustin Duncan and health minister Jim Reiter. The unmatched caucus support led Moe to frame his campaign as a group effort.

“The fact of the matter is that, as I said, there is no one person that is going to be able to fill the shoes of our premier,” Moe told reporters Friday morning. “He’s been the most popular premier across the nation for a number of years and when we have our talks on how are we going to do this … we came to the conclusion that we’re going to do it as a team.”

While Moe did not unveil a major policy platform at his announcement, he did — like Wall and his competitors — come out swinging against the federal Liberal government’s plan to impose a nationwide price next year. Climate change is real, he said, but concentrating on technology in power generation — meaning carbon capture — and agriculture is a better path forward.

Moe was first elected in 2011 and served as minister of advanced education before being shuffled to the environment file. He was not initially expected to cast his name into contention, but rumours began swirling after Reiter — who was thought to be a potential frontrunner — did not resign from cabinet by Wall’s deadline of last Monday.

The Sask. Party leadership race has five candidates as of Sept. 1. From left: Ken Cheveldayoff, Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Alanna Koch, Scott Moe and Gord Wyant. Jeremy Harrison, upper middle, dropped out of the race Friday morning to support Moe.

During the lead-up to the 2016 provincial election, it emerged that three Sask. Party candidates including Moe had been previously convicted of drunk driving. Asked how much of a political liability the 1992 incident would be during the campaign and if he wins, Moe acknowledged the incident was a long time ago but said he continues to regret it.

“It’s something I truly regret. It’s also something that’s part of me. It’s part of me, it’s part of the decisions that I make in caucus, in cabinet and in my life — and we’ve made some of those decisions, quite frankly, recently in caucus and in cabinet on behalf of the government of Saskatchewan and made change with respect to driving while impaired.”

Asked whether the involvement of besieged former cabinet minister Bill Boyd in a series of controversial land deals at the Global Transportation Hub constituted wrongdoing, Moe sidestepped and said Saskatchewan citizens have expectation for elected officials, and that policies to protect that expectation remain in place and discussions with his team are ongoing.

Following the withdrawal of Harrison — who declined to comment Friday — Moe joins former cabinet colleagues Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Ken Cheveldayoff, and Gord Wyant, and former deputy minister to the premier Alanna Koch in the race to replace Wall. The Premier said on Aug. 10 that he will resign after the Sask. Party chooses a new leader at a convention in Saskatoon on Jan. 27.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

City byelection won't tell change NDP fortunes

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Published on: September 9, 2017 | Last Updated: September 9, 2017 6:00 AM CST

Vicki Mowat celebrates after wining the Saskatoon Fairview By-Election held at the party's election camp at the Confederation Inn in Saskatoon, SK on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Kayle Neis / Saskatoon StarPhoenix

With all due respect to Vicki Mowat and the Saskatchewan NDP ‘s seemingly impressive 60-per-cent win in the Saskatoon Fairview byelection, winning a riding your party should have never lost isn’t much of a win.

Until the NDP start winning seats in rural Saskatchewan, it will be hard to see how they can can take over government from the Saskatchewan Party.

That won’t happen in the next byelection, or the even the next byelection after that.

With Bill Boyd’s Sept. 1 retirement, the next Saskatchewan byelection will have to be in Kindersley — a seat the NDP hasn’t held since 1971. It’s safe to say it will remain in Sask. Party hands. It may even be the home of the new premier, should Alanna Koch win the party’s leadership and decide that her husband’s home seat would suit her purposes.

The next byelection after that would most likely be Wall’s home seat of Swift Current. It was briefly held by the NDP’s John Penner and John Wall from 1991 to 1999, but has really also been a Progressive Conservative/Sask. Party stronghold seat since 1975.

These are yellow dog seats for the Sask. Party in which any candidate they run will clobber whomever runs for the NDP.

But if the speculation comes to fruition, the next test to truly see if the winds are changing in Saskatchewan politics will come from Meadow Lake.

With former economy minister Jeremy Harrison abandoning cabinet and now his Sask. Party leadership hopes, the speculation is that he may now resign the provincial seat he has held since 2007 to run in Gerry Ritz’s now vacant Battlefords-Lloydminster seat. (Harrison had also been a federal MP for Meadow Lake, so the transition seems a logical one.)

This would be an excellent measure of the political winds.

Prior to Harrison, the NDP’s Maynard Sonntag held the seat from 1991 to 2007. Prior to that, the seat was held by the PCs’ George McLeod from 1975 to 1991. Before that, it was a Liberal seat for 11 years.

But most importantly, it was one of the very last rural seats held by the NDP.

There’s been huffing and puffing from Saskatchewan New Democrats ranks pointing to recent successes in B.C. and especially Alberta, where right-wing party vote splitting afforded Rachel Notley the opportunity for her first-term government.

But in Saskatchewan, you can’t win government unless you can win in the rurals.

That’s something the NDP didn’t do under Dwain Lingenfelter and Cam Broten. In fact, they really didn’t anywhere, taking just nine urban seats in 2011 and 10 seats in 2016. For a party that was also always guaranteed that many seats in each of Saskatoon and Regina, the demise of that urban base has been demoralizing.

This takes us back to Mowat’s Thursday night win in Saskatoon Fairview — an area of the city that the NDP has held for the past 50 years, except for four and half years when the Progressive Conservatives grabbed it in 1982 and the last six years when it was held by the Sask. Party’s Jennifer Campeau. That city voters predictably voted NDP five months after a budget that slashed services and cut taxes tells us very little.

That said, the NDP’s best percentage vote showing in Saskatoon Fairview since 1999 is certainly moral victory for downtrodden New Democrats who were wondering when the bleeding would stop.

Far too many of the NDP wounds have been self-inflicted — the way it goes in politics when you are on a downhill spiral. The era of Lingenfelter/Broten has been a dark period in the 84-year history of a party most known for its commitment, organization and discipline. Whether it has now has recaptured those old traits is debateable.

The NDP’s provincial council is now seriously considering moving up the party’s own uninspired leadership race (Ryan Meili and Trent Wotherspoon remain the only candidates) from May to possibly ahead of the Sask. Party’s own leadership vote in January.

It’s a move that speaks to the bizarre lack of excitement in NDP leadership or the party itself.

That excitement won’t return until we see an unexpected win.

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


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there is apparently another candidate wanting to run for the sask party leadership )

Former Conservative MP Rob Clarke expected to run for Sask. Party Leadership

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Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:06AM CST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:11AM CST

Former Conservative Member of Parliament, Rob Clarke, is the latest candidate expected to announce his intention to run for Sask Party leader.

Clarke began his career as an RCMP officer where he served 18 years as a member, all of which were spent in Saskatchewan. He was elected as the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate in Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River in March of 2008 when he defeated Liberal candidate Joan Beatty. Clarke held his seat in the House of Commons until he was defeated in 2015 by NDP candidate Georgina Jolibois.

A member of the Muskeg Lake First Nation, Clarke grew up in British Columbia.

Clarke posted on Twitter that he will make a special announcement at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday on Facebook Live.


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'I'm the NDP's worst nightmare': Former MP Rob Clarke enters race to lead Sask. Party

Clarke promises to be on-call to Sask. residents daily if elected

CBC News Posted: Nov 15, 2017 7:45 AM CT| Last Updated: Nov 15, 2017 1:11 PM CT

Rob Clarke made the announcement at 10:30 a.m. CST Wednesday morning.

Rob Clarke has entered the race to become the next leader of the Saskatchewan Party.

"Let's not be naive here. The NDP stole power in B.C. The NDP won power in Alberta. And the NDP will win more seats in Saskatchewan unless we hit the reset button on the party and the government," he said during his official announcement in Saskatoon on Wednesday morning.

The former Conservative MP from the Desnethé — Missinippi — Churchill River constituency and member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation said he was the only candidate who could really renew the party and the government.

The announcement was carried live on a Facebook page called Rob Clarke for Saskatchewan Party Leader with a banner asking, "Are you ready for a fresh start?"

He joins five other candidates campaigning to become party leader, and therefore the next premier. Scott Moe, Gord Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff, Tina Beaudry-Mellor and Alanna Koch are already in the race.

Clarke took aim at all of them, saying they represent the status quo.

"All the candidates in the race are talking about renewal, but they only represent more of the same," he said. "Put bluntly, I'm the NDP's worst nightmare."

During his announcement, Clarke addressed the Global Transportation Hub scandal, and said that people in public office should be "above reproach."

He also highlighted his work as an RCMP officer for 18 years, prior to his stint as a Conservative MP. He recommended more law enforcement "boots on the ground," rather than increased traffic patrols in the province.

"I think what we need to do is look at a task force to address the gang problems we're seeing in Saskatchewan," he said.

Clarke is joining the leadership race late, and won't be eligible to participate in the upcoming debate in North Battleford on Thursday because his nomination papers haven't been filed with the party.

Nomination papers must be filed a week in advance of a leadership debate. Another debate is planned in Weyburn on Nov. 30.

The final deadline to file leadership nomination forms is Nov. 24. Candidates must also pay the $25,000 fee and collect 250 signatures from 25 different constituencies in the province.

"I've put in the work already," Clarke said at his announcement.

"It's about selling memberships and it basically comes down to 'GOTV' — get out the vote."

Clarke told reporters Wednesday that if he's elected, he will carry a cellphone and give out the number publicly, making himself available to the people of Saskatchewan from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST daily.

The party will elect a new leader on Jan. 27, 2018.


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( today was Brad Wall's last day in the sask legislature and its not yet clear who will replace him as leader )

Tears, tributes as Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall bids farewell to legislature

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Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 1:54PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:21PM EST

REGINA -- There were tears and tributes as Brad Wall bid farewell to the Saskatchewan legislature Thursday after a decade in the premier's office.

Wall gave his final speech to the house after an hour of memories and praise shared by colleagues and opponents alike.

Wall is retiring next month after holding the Swift Current seat for the Saskatchewan Party for almost 20 years.

Brad Wall
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall after announcing he is retiring from politics during a press conference at the Legislative Building in Regina, Sask., on Aug. 10, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Mark Taylor)

He told the legislature he never lost a feeling of awe when he walked through the front doors of the legislature to represent his community.

"I have been humbled and blessed with the honour of my working life," Wall told his colleagues and many guests sitting in the legislature gallery.

He said the names on the doors of ministry offices change, but the institution of democracy will remain.

Wall, saying he believed renewal would be good for the Saskatchewan Party and the province, announced in August that he was retiring. He is staying on as premier until his successor as leader is chosen Jan. 27.

He was first elected as a member of the legislature in 1999 under the banner of the newly formed party and made a successful bid for the top job after the party lost a 2003 election many felt it should have won.

He would go on to lead the party to three consecutive victories, starting in 2007, and most recently in 2016 by winning 51 of 61 seats.

The party, which formed 20 years ago out of an alliance of disaffected Tories and Liberals, took more than 50 per cent of the popular vote in each of the contests.

Over the years he became one of Canada's most high-profile premiers. He rose to national prominence for his down-to-earth style, sharp wit and, more recently, his willingness to lock horns with Ottawa.

Wall, 52, routinely placed high in opinion polls ranking the country's most popular premiers.

But he faced headwinds in recent months, especially after his government tabled an austerity budget last spring.

In May, a poll suggested Wall's party had dropped steeply in voter support and had fallen nine points behind the leaderless Opposition New Democrats.

With trouble at home, Wall trained his political guns afar. He railed against opposition to pipeline projects and criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the federal government's plan to force provinces to put a price on carbon, pledging to fight the move in court if necessary.

Saskatchewan's carbon plan introduced this week does not include a tax.

Wall told the house Thursday that there is a sign hanging above the door of the cabinet room which asks: "Did you leave things better than you found them?"

He pointed to new schools, new hospitals, the hiring of more nurses and the welcome given to newcomers to the province during his tenure.

"Things are better than when we found them," Wall said. "There is still more work to be done."


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Rob Clarke drops Sask. leadership bid, endorses Cheveldayoff

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December 13, 2017 10:00 am

Rob Clarke drops Sask. leadership bid, endorses Cheveldayoff
Rob Clarke announces his intention to run for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party during an event at the Remai Modern Art Gallery in Saskatoon on Nov. 15, 2017. (Bryn Levy/650 CKOM)

Despite only joining the Sask. Party leadership race a few weeks ago, Rob Clarke is dropping out and throwing his support behind another candidate.

The former RCMP sergeant and northern MP said in a news release on his website that he will be supporting Saskatoon Willowgrove MLA Ken Cheveldayoff.

In an interview with Gormley, Clarke conceded he entered the race too late.

“I still had to pay my mortgage, still had to pay the bills and realizing three weeks to sell the memberships just wasn’t enough time,” Clarke explained.

But alongside his nomination papers Clarke had to pay $25,000 which he admitted he likely won’t get back.

“I’m not sure what happens there, I think they get to keep it, it isn’t chump change that’s for sure,” Clarke said. “There’s a deposit and you have to come forward it and you have to realize the consequences of entering a race such as that.”

Clarke said in a news release that he thinks Cheveldayoff is the best hope to defeat the NDP in 2020 and that he is leaving the race “to avoid a damaging vote-splitting scenario that could pave the way for a majority NDP government.”

“I have always served our province passionately and selflessly, and this situation is no different. Ken is the right person for the job ahead.”


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( Brad Wall is soon leaving and its not clear who will replace him , he also rules out a possible federal run )

Brad Wall says he's 'done' with politics

Power Play: Brad Wall leaving politics

CTV's Don Martin speaks with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall about his political career and how he stayed popular for so long.

Rachel Aiello, Ottawa News Bureau Online Producer

Published Thursday, January 4, 2018 5:28PM EST

OTTAWA – Outgoing Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says there is no chance he'll enter federal politics, declaring he is "done" with political life altogether.

"Now is the right time, both for the province, the people I think, and also the government to be renewed… I'm grateful and I’m done with politics," Wall told CTV Power Play host Don Martin.

In the premier's exit interview, Wall said that while he’s not plotting any return to elected life, he will "be a political nerd until the end."

After leading the province for 10 years, under the Saskatchewan Party, Wall announced in August he would be stepping down as premier as soon as his replacement is chosen.

The party will vote for its new leader Jan. 27 at a convention in Saskatoon.

When Martin asked if there was any possibility of him entering federal politics, Wall responded: "No there's not."

The Swift Current, Sask., resident has been a member of the legislative assembly since 1999 and took power of the province’s top office in 2007.

"If someone would have told me, 'Look, you’re going to be able to do this job,' which has been really my dream job, for 10 years, I probably would have had some doubts about that, especially given the current political realities and the impact of those realities on longer-term careers," Wall said.

Questions federal understanding of Saskatchewan

He hopes that the people of Saskatchewan think the province has upped its federal engagement since he's been at the helm. Wall said it was a priority for him to be a key player in the federation, though he's had a number of disagreements with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, namely on energy development and the carbon tax.

"I worry sometimes about the unelected part of the government maybe having even a less of an understanding of Saskatchewan and Alberta than the prime minister or any elected individual in the government," Wall said. He finds that concerning because he thinks the unelected part can have a "disproportionate influence" in the federal government, mentioning Trudeau’s principal secretary Gerald Butts.

Unfinished business

Wall is leaving with some unfinished business: the long term population growth hasn't happened as sustainably as hoped, and there won’t be a balanced budget provincially for three years.

Last spring, Wall's government tabled a deeply unpopular budget that proposed cutting funeral benefits for the poor, shutting down inter-city bus service, cutting library funding by more than half, and raising the provincial sales tax from five to six per cent.

The funeral benefit and library funding proposals were later walked back.

Wall said his last "Buckley’s mixture budget" will taste bad, "but it’s going to work."

His advice? Walk a dog

Despite the tough actions he’s had to take, Wall has consistently polled as the most popular premier in the country.

His advice for politicians? "There's an appreciation for humility." He suggests getting a dog, walking the dog, and cleaning up after it.

"If you've got your little baggie in your hand, and you’re cleaning up after your dog… I think it’s a lot harder to get arrogant about anything."


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Sask. Party leadership race sees growth in policy positions

Sask. Party candidates have done some soul-searching of past Wall government policy and direction and figured out some things clearly no longer fly.

Murray Mandryk

Published on: January 20, 2018 | Last Updated: January 20, 2018 9:27 AM CST

The Saskatchewan Party contenders vying to replace Premier Brad Wall have clearly shown growth during this five-month leadership contest.

Less clear is whether it will be enough growth.

This newspaper has generously provided ample newsprint in Saturday’s edition to allow the five leadership hopefuls to answer some of the most pressing questions (D1) facing today’s Saskatchewan — some of which didn’t come up during the party-run debates and some that did, but bear re-asking.

The answers the five leadership hopefuls provided were prompt and, as requested, succinct.

However, perhaps the toughest question for each of Wall’s potential successors to answer is which policy questions require one to stay the course of the past 10 years and which need a change from the current Wall government direction.

On the latter point, Sask. Party candidates have done some soul-searching of past Wall government policy and direction, and figured out some things clearly no longer fly.

Consider the candidates’ collective rejection of the group thought of last spring’s 2017-18 budget process that led to calling for a 3.5-per-cent rollback in public sector wages and remuneration:

“I support continued collective bargaining efforts. We cannot ignore compensation measures when we are trying to get back to balance and this is our single largest expenditure,” said Tina Beaudry-Mellor.

“Our government has stepped away from this objective and will look to achieve efficiencies through attrition and by other means. I support this,” said Ken Cheveldayoff.

“We respect the collective bargaining process and understand that the target will not be met this current year,” said Scott Moe.

“I believe in the collective bargaining process and the responsibility of all parties to negotiate in good faith. I believe the goal of balancing the budget can be achieved without a rollback by looking at other efficiencies within government,” said Gord Wyant.

And Alanna Koch, who as chief civil servant was charged with finding these cuts and implementing the 3.5-per-cent wage rollbacks for politicians and senior executive positions, replied with a to-the-point “no.”

Similarly, the candidates were equally blunt in rejecting whatever notion emerged in the Sask. Party ranks in 2017 that Crown corporations could be sold off and revenue could be used to to reduce debt. Again, we tended to see a succinct “No” across the board. However, all seem to be supporting the long-standing practice of using Crown dividends to pay for departmental expenses.

Even the question of achieving a balanced budget in three years sees an interesting divide, with Koch and Beaudry-Mellor wanting to slow things down to four years and Cheveldayoff, Moe and Wyant pressing forward with the government’s current three-year plan.

That said, candidates seemed less thoughtful or definitive on other issues that may hamper future political success of the Sask. Party — not the least of which were ideas to reduce the legislature’s current 61 seats, redistribution to reflect more equitable representation by population or seeing the same rural municipal amalgamation as we’ve seen in health and school boards.

They have collectively rejected relaxed rural property defence laws, but are divided on the age for legal marijuana purchase and possession, with looming federal changes on July 1. There’s a wide division on candidates’ personal views on abortion.

There is uniform support for more privatization of MRI/CT scans and perhaps other private health care delivery. One issue that clearly has grown in this debate is the idea of dedicating more health budget dollars to mental health — perhaps another sign that a leadership process does expand government thinking.

Interestingly, there has been movement on an inquiry/audit into the Global Transportation Hub (GTH) — notions the Wall government had previously rejected. However, none seem to have changed their thinking that no further exploration is needed on the decision-making process behind the $1.9-billion Regina bypass expenditure.

All this seems to suggest growth in policy exploration emerging from this race. Whether it’s enough, however, is something that only time will tell.

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


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( we still don't know who is going to lead the sask party , but it has regained a big lead in the province and holds an even bigger lead outside the cities , should easily win the 3 upcoming by elections )

Sask. Party leads among voters: poll

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A podium is shown here at a Saskatchewan Party leadership debate.

Albert Delitala, Reporter
Published Monday, January 22, 2018 9:45AM CST

A new poll suggests a lead for the Saskatchewan Party over the provincial NDP, and predicts a faceoff between Ken Cheveldayoff and Ryan Meili in the next provincial election.

The Sask. Party has nearly 51 per cent support among Saskatchewan voters, according to the Mainstreet Research poll. The opposition NDP sit at 34.4 per cent, the poll found, with the Liberals and Greens at nearly nine and six per cent, respectively.

“The landscape in Saskatchewan has shifted substantially since we last fielded in Saskatchewan,” said Quito Maggi, President and CEO of Mainstreet Research, in a statement. “What was once a close race between the Sask Party and the NDP has now returned to a more traditional fifteen point lead for the Wall government.”

The poll also found regional differences, with the NDP leading in Saskatoon and Regina by four and two points, respectively. The Sask. Party leads by 35.5 per cent in the rest of the province, according to the poll.

The poll surveyed 764 residents of the province by phone, all at least 18 years age, between Jan. 4 and 6. The margin of error if 3.54 per cent, accurate 19 times out of 20.

Cheveldayoff, Meili likely to lead parties into next election

Sask. Party leadership hopeful Ken Cheveldayoff holds the most support – 46.3 per cent – among the 452 party members surveyed, according to a second survey by Mainstreet Research. Scott Moe trails second with 21.5 per cent support. Alanna Koch polls at 19.5 per cent.

For the opposition NDP, Ryan Meili has a lead of 25 per cent over Trent Wotherspoon, according to a third poll, which questioned 454 Saskatchewan NDP members on Jan. 7.

“It looks very likely that the matchup will be Ken Cheveldayoff vs. Ryan Meili,” Maggi said, referring to the next provincial election.

The margin of error for the Sask. Party leadership survey is 4.57 per cent and 4.55 per cent for the NDP leadership survey, both accurate 19 times out of 20.


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( someone named Scott Moe has won the sask party leadership )

Stunning win for Scott Moe may mean healing needed for Sask. Party

Moe's fifth-ballot, 1,161-vote win over Alanna Koch had a lot to do with the party's stubbornness to have a rural guy run the province.

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Published on: January 27, 2018 | Last Updated: January 27, 2018 10:06 PM CST

Scott Moe is the new Saskatchewan premier

There’s something to be said for a candidate that can get the backing of roughly half his caucus colleagues to support him over anyone else.

Why Scott Moe is now designated to be Saskatchewan’s 15th premier — a choice that will stun many who likely had little or no idea who Scott Moe was six months ago — has everything to do with the ability that a lot of others evidently didn’t see.

However, Moe’s stunning fifth-ballot, 1,161-vote win over Alanna Koch also had a lot to do with the Saskatchewan Party stubbornness to have their guy — a rural guy — run the province.

What seemed to make perfect sense for a party that stubbornly grew out of the dry, prairie soil may not seem all that logical to others outside this party. That it was a fifth-ballot win in which Moe trailed Koch — Premier Brad Wall’s deputy minister — for the three ballots says much about how much of a compromise choice this was.

And some may question whether selecting the 44-year-old Moe — a low-profile environment minister maybe as well known for his youthful drunk driving conviction — was a wise choice.

As a card-carrying federal Conservative, Moe would seem to decrease the likelihood of holding together that Liberal-Progressive Conservative coalition upon which the Sask. Party was founded 20 years ago.

As a dyed-in-the-wool rural guy, there will be more questions about whether the Sask. Party can hold its hard-won city seats that produced massive Brad Wall majorities.

But most critically, as a candidate who had only 26.2-per-cent of party support on the first ballot before finally overtaking Koch 8,075 votes to 6,914 on that last ballot, there will be questions whether Moe can heal the party wounds.

“Our party today is stronger than it’s ever been,” Moe told the cheering crowd shortly after Wall raised his successor’s arm in victory.

It does have more members than ever. And with three rural by-elections in the offing, the high probability is that it’s about to restore its 39-seat majority in the Saskatchewan legislature.

But Moe’s win does raise an ugly spectre of a party past its peak and on the precipice of regressing back to the rural roots from which it came.

Saturday evening’s outcome came down to the simple reality that those in Koch’s camp (and arguably those who supported surprising third-place finisher Ken Cheveldayoff) were never inclined to support each other.

When Cheveldayoff garnered a disappointing 4,177 votes on the first ballot — 24.3 per cent compared with 26 per cent for both Koch and Moe who were only 46 votes apart — he was simply too far behind to overtake either.

With Rob Clarke and, surprisingly, Tina-Beaudry-Mellor hardly registering on the opening ballot, the critical moment was the fourth ballot that would decide where Gord Wyant’s sizable 3,780 votes (22 per cent of the total cast) would go.

Surprising some, votes for Wyant — a city lawyer and former Liberal — went to Moe, allowing him to overtake Koch.

What had been 30- to 50-vote deficits on early ballots, suddenly converted to a 389-vote lead over Koch as the two headed to that final ballot with Cheveldayoff’s 4,544 votes in play.

Given that Moe and Koch had already split the rural vote, Cheveldayoff’s votes became the deciding factor on the last ballot.

As a candidate that expressed pro-life sentiments (compared with Koch, who bravely rejected even responding to anti-abortion group RightNow’s questionnaire) Moe got the most votes from Cheveldayoff’s socially conservative campaign. This may now be just one of many fault lines from the party.

It isn’t all bad.

Besides the aforementioned 39-seat majority, Moe has the support of 23 caucus members. (Deputy Premier Don Morgan introduced and endorsed Moe on Saturday) and sizable support from Wyant and Beaudry-Mellor supporters.

The party can also be comforted that his win will likely only solidify its rural fortress.

But one last dynamic Wall speech served as a reminder Saskatchewan has as very different leader.

And while it still has a strong rural base, it may also be rather divided.

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