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2011 Saskatchewan provincial election

New U of S survey lab to gauge political attitudes in the province

The day after the Nov. 7 election was a day of rest for many people, but for a University of Saskatchewan research team, the work was just beginning. That day, the first calls went out from the newly established Social Responsibility Research Laboratory to ask over a thousand Saskatchewan residents why they had voted the

Presence of women, students in legislature is lacking

Only nine of the province’s 58 seats in the legislature will be held by female candidates following the Nov. 7 election. This is a drop from the 14 female MLAs who sat in the legislature prior to the campaign. In addition, of the dozen or so student candidates running in various parties, only one, Jennifer Campeau

Whither the third parties? Greens and Liberals fail to capture any seats

Both the Green Party of Saskatchewan the Saskatchewan Liberal Party failed to capture a seat on Nov. 7. This election seemed to mark the death throes of the once-mighty provincial Liberals. Six of the first nine premiers of Saskatchewan were Liberals but the party has been in long-term decline since the 1970s and only ran

Saskatchewan’s low voter turnout still higher than other provinces

Leading up to the election, the Sask. Party polled an astonishing 40 points ahead of the NDP, and was even leading them in the traditional NDP strongholds of Saskatoon and Regina. Perhaps in part because of this, voter turnout dropped from 2007’s 76 per cent down to 66 per cent. Despite this precipitous decline, Saskatchewan still

NDP incurs devastating losses; Lingenfelter steps down

In its worst placement since 1982, the NDP lost 11 seats and saw its vote share dip by five per cent. Reduced to nine Members of the Legislative Assembly, the opposition caucus faces an uncertain future. Party leader Dwain Lingenfelter was defeated in Regina Douglas Park. He is the first provincial NDP or Co-operative Commonwealth

Wall and Sask. Party garner biggest election win in province’s history

In an election that delivered precisely what was expected, the Saskatchewan Party handily won a second majority on Nov. 7. The Sask. Party picked up 64 per cent of the popular vote across the province, breaking the previous record for a single party’s share of the vote. That record was set in the 1912 election, when

USSU releases political priorities shortly before election

With less than two weeks to go before the provincial election, the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union released a document outlining its demands of the provincial political parties. The timing was unusual for a document of its type, which groups usually use to extract promises from campaigning politicians desperate to curry favour with the electorate. USSU


There’s no excuse for voter apathy

On Nov. 7 inhabitants of Saskatchewan will go to the polls to vote for new leadership. Unfortunately, it is too often in Canada that we neglect or take for granted the freedom that we have to choose the people who lead us.

Student candidates balance classes, homework and door-knocking

About a dozen university students are balancing their studies with the demands of being candidates in the provincial election. The NDP has five student candidates, the Greens have four and the Sask. Party has one. Alex Mortensen, a University of Regina student running for the NDP in Cypress Hills, says the key is organization.

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