Saskatchewan’s election campaign officially underway


Saskatchewan’s 29th general election campaign is officially underway.Premier Scott Moe visited the Lieutenant Governor. Russ Mirasty asked him on Tuesday to dissolve the legislature.

The election will take place on October 26.

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Moe said the main question for voters is which party do they trust to lead the province’s economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.

“At the end of the day, you’re going to see a conversation around a vision for where this province is going. We are a party with a plan for growth, ”Moe said on September 24.

“We actually have a plan and we put it in place in consultation with people. It’s called the Saskatchewan Growth Plan to 2030. We have a plan to continue to grow our population, grow our economy and expand our opportunities.

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Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili presents his campaign as a choice between austerity or investing in people, health and education.

“People are tense and stressed and have a harder time making ends meet. Scott Moe and Sask. The party is happy with the way things are going – and is ready to make matters worse with deep cuts and austerity, ”Meili said Tuesday.

“This is simply not true. It’s time to put people first. “

The NDP implemented a number of pre-election pledges, including implementing child care at $ 25 a day, reducing SGI premiums, and achieving 50% renewable electricity by 2030.

Moe’s government has made a flurry of announcements of already-committed infrastructure spending.

Jim Farney, director of political and international studies at the University of Regina, said the stakes are high for the NDP this time around. A good representation, he said, would be between 20 and 25 seats.

But if there is a repeat of the previous election, with fewer and fewer seats, Farney said he couldn’t imagine “how people don’t start looking around the party and saying ‘something is wrong. not at all “.”

Farney said Moe’s message is that the province is operating as close to normal as possible during the pandemic. Problems could arise for Moe if the number of coronavirus cases increases in schools and parents in their 30s and 40s – who are swing voters – step up, he added.

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Although the Saskatchewan Party appears to have a lock on supporting rural residents, the main battlegrounds will be in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, Farney suggested.

“This will be (Moe’s) political challenge,” he said.

“Can (Moe) send a message that appeals to suburban voters?”

The Saskatchewan Party is seeking its fourth consecutive term and its first under Moe’s leadership.

Brad Wall led the party to three electoral victories – in 2007, 2011 and 2016 – before retiring from politics in 2018.

Meili is also starting his first campaign as leader of the NDP.

Four other parties are running for the next election: the Buffalo Party, the Liberal Party, the Green Party and the PC Party.

Saskatchewan is the third province to hold an election during the coronavirus pandemic.

New Brunswick went to the polls on September 14 and British Columbia held a vote on October 24.

Most Saskatchewan residents will return to the polls on November 9 for the municipal election.

With files from The Canadian Press

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