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The Politics of Saskatchewan are part of the Canadian federal political system along with the other Canadian provinces. Saskatchewan has a Lieutenant-Governor (Gordon Barnhart, who is the representative of the Crown in Right of Saskatchewan), a premier (Brad Wall - premier designate) leading the Cabinet, and a unicameral legislature. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Information on politics by country is available for every country, including both de jure and de facto independent states, inhabited dependent territories, as well as areas of special sovereignty. ... A map displaying todays federations. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countriesAtlas  Politics Portal      Canada is a federation which consists of ten provinces that, with three territories, make up the worlds second largest country in total area. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... In Canada, the lieutenant-governor (often without a hyphen[1], pronounced ), in French lieutenant-gouverneur/lieutenant-gouverneure (always with a hyphen), is the Canadian Monarchs, or Crowns, representative in a province, much as the Governor General is her representative at the national level. ... Dr. Gordon Barnhart. ... Arms of Her Majesty in Right of Saskatchewan, assigned by royal warrant of King Edward VII in 1906. ... The Premier of Saskatchewan is the first minister for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... Brad Wall is a Canadian politician, leader of the Saskatchewan Party, and leader of Her Majestys Loyal Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. ... The Executive Council of Saskatchewan (commonly known as the cabinet) is made up of members of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. ... The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan is located in Regina. ...

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Early politics

For many years, Saskatchewan has been one of Canada's more left-leaning provinces, reflecting many of its citizens' feelings of alienation from the interests of large capital. In 1944 Tommy Douglas became premier of the first avowedly socialist regional government in North America. Most of his MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) represented rural and small-town ridings. Under his CCF Cooperative Commonwealth Federation government, Saskatchewan became the first province to have Medicare, billed at the time as government-funded mandatory universal medical insurance. In 1961, Douglas left provincial politics to become the first leader of the federal New Democratic Party. Thomas Clement Douglas, PC, CC, SOM, MA, LL.D (hc) (October 20, 1904 – February 24, 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. ... Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... The Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) was a Canadian political party founded in 1932 in Calgary, Alberta, by a number of socialist, farm, co-operative and labour groups as well as the League for Social Reconstruction. ... The term medicare (in lowercase) (French: assurance maladie) is the unofficial name for Canadas universal public health insurance system. ... This article is about the Canadian political party. ...


Postwar period

During most of the postwar period, the CCF and its successor, the Saskatchewan New Democrats have dominated provincial politics with Douglas, Allan Blakeney, and Roy Romanow all serving long periods as premier and becoming national figures. Urbanization since the Second World War has altered the provincial economy away from its agricultural basis, and there has been a steady migration from farms to cities and towns. There was a corresponding shift in the NDP's focus from rural to urban concerns, so that the NDP gradually represented voters in cities and towns. The Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) is a social democratic political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... The Honourable Allan Emrys Blakeney, PC , OC , SOM , QC , MA , DCL (born September 7, 1925) was the Premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1982, and leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP). ... Roy John Romanow, PC , OC , SOM , QC , LL.B , DU, (born August 12, 1939 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan (1991–2001). ...


The Saskatchewan Liberal Party was the province's main centrist party for several decades early in Saskatchewan's existence, ruling from 1905–29 and from 1934–44. It regained power in 1964, but became insignificant following the defeat of Ross Thatcher's Liberal government in 1971. The Progressive Conservatives led by Grant Devine gradually replaced the Liberals as the NDP's main rival and soundly defeated the New Democrats in 1982's "Monday Night Massacre". But the Conservatives' popularity plummeted after running up large deficits and being closely aligned with the Mulroney-led federal PC government; Devine was defeated soundly in 1991. Many MLAs, including some cabinet ministers, were convicted for misappropriation of public funds, and the PC Party itself went into suspension, though it has recently announced its intention to run a full slate in the next provincial election. The Saskatchewan Liberal Party is a political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... Wilbert Ross Thatcher (24 May 1917–22 July 1971) was the tenth premier of Saskatchewan, Canada, serving from 2 May 1964 to 30 June 1971. ... The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan is a right-of-centre political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ...


Contemporary politics

Today, the official opposition in the province is the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. The current premier of Saskatchewan is Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall, whose government came to power in the 2007 election with a majority -- the Saskatchewan Party won 38 seats in the 58-seat Legislative Assembly, while the NDP won the remaining 20 seats. The NDP did not win a single rural seat in the most recent election. The Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP) (formerly the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF)) is a social democratic political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... Brad Wall is a Canadian politician, leader of the Saskatchewan Party, and leader of Her Majestys Loyal Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. ... Popular vote map by riding The 26th Saskatchewan general election was held on November 7, 2007; the writs were dropped on October 10, 2007. ...


Paradoxically, despite the NDP's three long stretches as the provincial government, the province leans more to the right in federal politics. Of the 14 federal constituencies in Saskatchewan, 12 are currently occupied by members of the Conservative Party of Canada. While the province has a slim majority NDP provincial government, the federal NDP has been shut out of the province for two consecutive elections. The only Liberal MPs are former Finance Minister Ralph Goodale and Gary Merasty, whose election win brought allegations over possible election fraud.[citation needed] Ralph Edward Goodale, PC , MP, BA , LL.B (born October 5, 1949, in Regina, Saskatchewan) was Canadas Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006 and continues to be a Liberal Member of Parliament. ... Image:Garymerasty. ...


See also

This is a list of the premiers of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada, since it was formed in 1905. ... Saskatchewan is province in Canada. ... // New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Party Green Party of Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Heritage Party Saskatchewan Liberal Party Saskatchewan Marijuana Party Western Independence Party of Saskatchewan Progressive Party (in Saskatchewan) Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Labor-Progressive Party Social Credit Party of Saskatchewan First Nations Party of...

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