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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Sask. NDP holds onto two seats in legislature Reply with quote

Sask. NDP holds onto two seats in legislature
Updated Tue. Sep. 22 2009 7:31 AM ET

The Canadian Press

REGINA -- The Saskatchewan NDP recaptured two seats in the provincial legislature by winning two byelections Monday, including one that puts the new party leader in the assembly.

Dwain Lingenfelter, who won the leadership in June, got 3,083 votes, or 50.2 per cent, cast in the constituency of Regina Douglas Park to defeat the Saskatchewan Party's Kathleen Peterson and Green Party candidate Victor Becker Lau.

Peterson garnered 2,585 votes, while Lau got 469. There were a total of 6,169 votes, and 32 were rejected.

"Eighteen months into the term of a new government when you can win seats with over 50 per cent, I'm very confident this bodes very well," Lingenfelter said after his victory speech.

Lingenfelter was chosen to replace former premier Lorne Calvert, but had to wait for a byelection to be called in order to get a seat in the assembly. Regina Douglas Park was left vacant when veteran New Democrat Harry Van Mulligen retired at the end of June, clearing the way for Lingenfelter to run.

New Democrat Danielle Chartier won 53 per cent of the vote in Saskatoon Riversdale to hold onto the seat previously held by Calvert, who retired from politics.

Chartier received 2,137 votes, while Saskatchewan Party's Corey O'Soup got 1,702, Liberal candidate Eileen F. Gelowitz garnered 107 and Tobi-Dawne Smith with the Green Party recorded 83.

Total votes cast were 4,041, with 12 ballots rejected.

Chartier originally trained as a journalist and has also worked for the Saskatchewan Department of Labour's Work and Family Unit. She'll have big shoes to fill in Saskatchewan politics - the Saskatoon Riversdale constituency was also held by former premier Roy Romanow.

While Chartier is new to the legislature, it's familiar ground for Lingenfelter.

Lingenfelter was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1978 and held several cabinet positions, including deputy premier from 1995 to 2000 in Romanow's NDP government.

Lingenfelter left politics in 2000 to work for the energy company, Nexen Inc. Last October, Lingenfelter tossed his hat into the ring for the NDP leadership after Calvert announced he would step down following the party's defeat by the Saskatchewan Party in the 2007 provincial election.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the results were disappointing, but adds there were some encouraging signs.

"Our party made great strides. Certainly if you take a look at the percentage of the vote and the margins, we made great strides in both of these constituencies," said Wall.

"The Opposition leader is running a strong NDP seat and is unable to build on the numbers that the former member had there, so I'm encouraged. We have work to do in terms of city seats in this province."

The NDP wins won't change the balance of power when the Saskatchewan legislature starts the fall sitting next month. The governing Saskatchewan Party currently holds 38 of the 58 seats in the legislature, while the NDP remains at 20.

Lingenfelter said the outcome is a defeat of Wall and Saskatchewan Party policy.

"If you call losing a strong result, I guess you could call it that, but for me losing is losing. He lost two byelections and they certainly weren't out to lose them," said Lingenfelter.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a guy, friend of mine but a contemporary of my father, who worked on one of the other guy's leadership campaign. It was difficult to get it out of him (not really, some of the skin was peeled off my ears, and his wife had to stop him after about a minute), but suffice it to say that he does not like Lingenfelter as the leader of the provincial party. Possibly even visceral hatred. Don't know how well he will actually do in an election.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That actually isn't a very good result for the NDP considering in Regina Douglas Park, they got 52% of the vote compared to Sask Part's 31%. This time, the NDP (running their party leader) got 50% and the Sask Party got 42%... which is only an 8% difference. That's a pretty close result for a party leader.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is about as exciting as the Tories winning seats in rural Alberta. Both of those seats were over 50% NDP in a Saskatchewan Party majority. Not exactly a surprising result
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kwlafayette wrote:
I know a guy, friend of mine but a contemporary of my father, who worked on one of the other guy's leadership campaign. It was difficult to get it out of him (not really, some of the skin was peeled off my ears, and his wife had to stop him after about a minute), but suffice it to say that he does not like Lingenfelter as the leader of the provincial party. Possibly even visceral hatred. Don't know how well he will actually do in an election.

That bodes well for the NDP in the future... not... Was there anything in particular your friend didn't like?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was a while ago, but he did not like that he left to work for an oil company, he did not like the ballot shenanigans. There was lots of cursing, I remember that much. Jens Pedersen was the guy he was rooting for.
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