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Encyclopedia > Saskatchewan Party
Saskatchewan Party
Active Provincial Party
Founded 1997
Leader Brad Wall
President Michelle Hunter
Headquarters 324 McDonald St.
Regina
Saskatchewan
S4N 6P6
Political ideology Conservatism
International alignment None
Colours Green & Yellow
Website http://www.saskparty.com

The Saskatchewan Party is a centre-right political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The party was established in 1997 by a coalition of former Progressive Conservative and Liberal party members and supporters who sought to remove the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party from power. While it has been a right-of-centre party since its creation, it has recently introduced a number of policies which move it closer to the centre of the political spectrum. The Saskatchewan Party serves as the province's Official Opposition, currently holding 28 of the 58 seats in the province's Legislative Assembly. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Saskparty. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Brad Wall is a Canadian politician, leader of the Saskatchewan Party, and leader of Her Majestys Loyal Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. ... Ths article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... For other uses, see Green (disambiguation). ... A yellow Tulip. ... The centre-right is a political term commonly used to describe or denote political parties or organizations (such as think tanks) that stretch from the centre to the right on the left-right spectrum, excluding far right stances. ... “Political Parties” redirects here. ... 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. ... Motto: Multis E Gentibus Vires (Latin: The Strength of Many Peoples) Capital Regina Largest city Saskatoon Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Gordon Barnhart - Premier Lorne Calvert (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation September 1, 1905 (Split from NWT) (9th (province)) Area  Ranked... The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan is a right-of-centre political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... The Saskatchewan Liberal Party is a political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... 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. ... The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan is located in Regina. ...

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The party's origins and political basis

Historically, Saskatchewan politics has tended towards a two-party system, with third parties enjoying limited political success. For the first 25 years after the province was created, political power was split between the left-wing Liberals in government, and the right-wing Conservatives (initially the Provincial Rights Party) in opposition. The emergence of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (forerunner of the NDP) — a left-of-centre political party formed by the coming together of various socialist, farm and labour groups under a united front — forced the Liberals to the right. As a result of vote-splitting with the Liberals, the less popular Conservative party were no longer able to win seats in the Legislative assembly. Political parties Part of the Politics series Politics Portal This box:      A two-party system is a form of party system where two major political parties dominate the voting in nearly all elections. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition... The Saskatchewan Liberal Party is a political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan is a right-of-centre political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... The Provincial Rights Party was a Canadian political party founded and led by Frederick W.A.G. Haultain in 1905 to contest elections in the new province of Saskatchewan. ... The Co-operative 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, and the League for Social Reconstruction. ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms which refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially in the American sense of the word), or with opposition...


In the late 1970s, the provincial Conservatives (now the Progressive Conservative Party) re-emerged as a political force, forming government under Grant Devine for most of the 1980s. However, dissatisfaction with the Tory government towards the end of the decade resulted in the election of the NDP in 1991, with the Conservatives only maintaining 10 of the 66 seats in the Legislature. A subsequent corruption scandal further weakened the party, and a poor showing in the 1995 general election by both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives resulted in a desire by many members of those parties for a united right-wing alternative to the governing NDP. Grant Devines Official Portrait The image above is believed to be a replaceable fair use image. ... The Twenty-Second Provincial General Election in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan was held on October 21, 1991. ... The Twenty-Third Provincial General Election in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan was held on June 21, 1995. ...


In 1997, the Saskatchewan Party was formed by a coalition of 4 former Progressive Conservatives and 4 Liberal Party members of the Legislature. However, it did not result in a formal merger between the two parties. While most Progressive Conservatives joined the new Party, the Progressive Conservative Party itself was not disbanded. It was instead allowed to go dormant for the next two election cycles, with party assets held in trust. The Saskatchewan Party attracted fewer members from the provincial Liberals, which continued to contest elections. Because the new party consisted largely of former Progressive Conservatives, it was initially derided by opponents as merely a re-branding of the Progressive Conservative name in an attempt by the party to distance itself from the still fresh corruption scandal. This view has continued to follow the party up to the present[1] A Member of the Legislative Assembly, or MLA, is a representative elected by the voters of an electoral district to the Legislature or legislative assembly of a subnational jurisdiction. ...


The 2003 election

During the 2003 provincial election, the Saskatchewan Party campaigned on a platform of tax reduction and decreased government involvement in the private sector. The party won 28 seats, while the New Democratic Party won 30 seats. The party was accused of having undisclosed plans to privatize all of the province's crown corporations.[2] Party leader, Elwin Hermanson, stated he would not sell the four major crown corporations, but would consider any offers received. The NDP used the ambiguity in the Saskatchewan Party's position to turn the election into a referendum on crown corporation ownership for many voters, and managed to eke out a small majority government. After Elwin Hermanson proved unable to lead his party to power, he resigned as leader on November 18, 2003. Map of Saskatchewans ridings and how they voted and by how much The Saskatchewan general election of 2003 was the twenty-fifth provincial election held in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. ... A political platform is a list of the principles which a political party supports in order to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having said partys candidates voted into office. ... The private sector of a nations economy consists of all that is outside the state. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In Commonwealth countries a Crown corporation is a state-controlled company or enterprise (a public corporation). ... Elwin Hermanson (born August 22, 1952) is the founding leader of the Saskatchewan Party. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The party under Brad Wall

Brad Wall was acclaimed as the new party leader March 15, 2004, after being the only declared candidate for the leadership. Other caucus members who had expressed interest in running included Jason Dearborn, Allan Kerpan (a former Reform MP), and Ken Cheveldayoff, a Saskatoon-based MLA who at one time was the President of the Young Progressive Conservatives 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. ... is the 74th day of the year (75th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jason Dearborn is a Saskatchewan Party MLA of the Saskatchewan Legislature. ... Allan Edward Joseph Kerpan (born 9 December 1954 in Kenaston, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. ... For other uses of Saskatoon, see Saskatoon (disambiguation). ...


Wall is seen by many as a more politically moderate leader than his predecessor. Following his appointment as leader, the party unveiled a more moderate policy platform that included, among other things, plans for more treatment beds for crystal meth addicts, democratic workplaces, and a new model for economic development in Saskatchewan. With significantly revised core policies and increased emphasis on social issues, the party is attempting to moderate its image to attract left-of-centre voters. In response to the results of the 2003 election, the entire Saskatchewan Party caucus voted in favour of the NDP's Crown Corporations Public Ownership Act, which provided legislative entrenchment for the ownership of the major crown utilities and services. Methamphetamine is a synthetic stimulant drug which induces a strong feeling of euphoria and is highly psychologically addictive. ...


While the party has moderated it's views in an attempt to move towards the center, it still retains many traditionally right wing policies. Its agriculture policy, for example, is based on market-choice in the Canadian Wheat Board, a policy shared with the Progressive Conservatives of Alberta. The Saskatchewan Party still rejects both the notion of excessive public involvement in the economy, and government red tape. The Canadian Wheat Board (known at times as the Canada Wheat Board or by the acronym CWB) was established by the Parliament of Canada in 1935 as a producer marketing system for wheat and barley. ... The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta is a provincial right-of-centre party in the Canadian province of Alberta. ... Red tape (or sometimes paperwork) is a derisive term for excessive regulation or rigid conformity to formal rules that is considered redundant or bureaucratic and hinders or prevents action or decision-making. ...


Wall, though popular, has faced criticism from both within and outside his party for his tight control of party policy. In February of 2006, Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA Brenda Bakken Lackey resigned her seat, prompting a by-election. Her comments that she was leaving politics because the system did not always allow to fully represent her constituents[3] was regarded by many as being directed mainly at party leader Brad Wall. At the 2007 Saskatchewan Party convention, the party and its leader were criticized for failing to allow policy discussion to take place.[4] Weyburn-Big Muddy is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Canada. ...


In February of 2006, the party released a code of ethics document for its members. It set out guidelines for conduct and would outline how to deal with violators. Actions that would be prohibited in this document would include disseminating false information, pressuring prospective contributors and offering bribes to other political parties, candidates or voters. Some penalties would be as severe as even having their party membership revoked.[5] In the context of a code adopted by a profession or by a governmental or quasi-governmental organ to regulate that profession, an ethical code may be styled as a code of professional responsibility, which may dispense with difficult issues of what behavior is ethical. Some codes of ethics are... Bribery is a crime implying a sum or gift given alters the behaviour of the person in ways not consistent with the duties of that person. ...


In a by-election held on March 5, 2007, the Saskatchewan Party recaptured the seat in the Legislative Assembly left vacant by the death of Ben Heppner. In a first for Saskatchewan politics, Heppner's daughter, Nancy Heppner, will occupy the seat until the next provincial election, which will be held on 7 November 2007. Martensville is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Canada. ... This article is about the day. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Ben Heppner (1943 – September 24, 2006) was a Canadian school teacher, businessman and politician. ... Nancy Heppner (born: 1971) is a current Saskatchewan Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, sitting with Her Majestys Loyal Opposition. ...


Clashes with the NDP government

In 2004, the Saskatchewan Party's aggressive questioning of the provincial NDP government over a bad investment, SpudCo, forced cabinet minister Eldon Lautermilch to apologize for misleading the legislature, a fact that only became apparent once sworn evidence was acquired from a civil lawsuit against the province. The party requested a public inquiry. Eldon Lautermilch is a Canadian provincial politician. ... In the politics and government of Commonwealth countries such as Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, a public inquiry is an official review of events or actions ordered by the government. ...


In March 2006, the Saskatchewan Party introduced a motion calling on the NDP government to apologize for the highly unfavourable and inaccurate portrayal of Jimmy Gardiner in Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story. The government has argued it was not responsible for production of the film, and thus rebuked the motion for an apology.[6]


In 2006, in preparation for the Weyburn-Big Muddy by-election, the Sask Party was accused of using push polling[7] by attempting to link Liberal leader David Karwacki with the Canadian gun registry. The same poll asked respondents if they linked the Saskatchewan Party with the Progressive Conservative party of Saskatchewan. On May 16, 2006, in an effort to gain political support, they tried to associate the provincial NDP, which had always vocally opposed the gun registry, with their federal party counterparts which support it.[8] In 2006 the party caucus had released a tax-payer funded advertisement for their party in an effort to be critical of the current NDP administration. This ad became known for the misspelling of Saskatchewan, as "Saskatchwan". The ad was also criticized for having false information, for example claiming rising tuition costs, despite the 3 years of a fully funded freeze in the price of tuition.[9] Weyburn-Big Muddy is a provincial electoral district for the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Canada. ... A push poll is a political campaign technique in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... The Canadian gun registry is a government-run registry of all legally-owned guns in Canada. ...


On November 23rd, 2006 the Saskatchewan Party tried to make a political issue about the government trying to reclaim money from tobacco companies for the additional strain smokers placed on the healthcare system. The Saskatchewan Government pointed out in a response that the Saskatchewan Party had accepted a $10,000 donation from Imperial Tobacco in 2003.[10]


Political affiliations

While not officially aligned with any federal political party, the majority of the Saskatchewan Party's supporters are also involved with the Conservative Party of Canada, with others being associated with the Liberal Party of Canada or the federal New Democratic Party. Brad Wall, in the 2004 federal election, personally endorsed Conservative candidate David L. Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands. The Conservative Party of Canada (French: Parti conservateur du Canada), colloquially known as the Tories, is a conservative political party in Canada, formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in December 2003. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ... This article is about the Canadian political party. ... The Canadian federal election, 2004 (more formally, the 38th general election), was held on June 28, 2004 to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons. ... David L. Anderson (b. ... Cypress Hills—Grasslands is the name of a federal electoral district in Saskatchewan, Canada. ...


In the 2006 federal election, Brad Wall stated he supported the Conservative Party, but would not personally get involved with a federal election. The previous leader, Hermanson, was a member of the Reform and Canadian Alliance federal parties. Rendition of party representation in the 39th Canadian parliament decided by this election. ... The Reform Party of Canada was a Canadian federal political party that existed from 1987 to 2000. ... The Canadian Alliance, formally the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, was a Canadian conservative political party that existed from 2000 to 2003. ...


Current Saskatchewan Conservative MPs who have been historically involved with the Saskatchewan Party include Carol Skelton, who served on Elwin Hermanson's constituency executive, Tom Lukiwski, who served as General Manager of the Saskatchewan Party, Dave Batters, who holds a membership in the Saskatchewan Party, Garry Breitkreuz, who supported the formation of the party, Brian Fitzpatrick, who added policy direction while the party was formed, and Lynne Yelich, who worked for Allan Kerpan while served as MP and received funding from the MLA in the 2006 federal election. Hon. ... Tom Lukiwski (born October 5, 1951) is a Canadian politician. ... Dave Batters (born 1970, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. ... Garry W. Breitkreuz (born October 21, 1945 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. ... This article is about the Canadian politician, for the Scottish politician see Brian Fitzpatrick (Scottish politician) Brian Fitzpatrick (born November 18, 1945 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. ... Lynne Yelich (nee Zdunich) (born March 24, 1953) is a third-generation Croatian-Canadian politician and the MP for the riding of Blackstrap. ... Allan Edward Joseph Kerpan (born 9 December 1954 in Kenaston, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian politician. ...


References

  1. ^ Saskatchewan Party Poll in 2006 asks respondents if they think the Saskatchewan Party is the same as the Progressive Conservative government from the 1980s. CBC: Karwacki shoots back at controversial poll
  2. ^ James Parker. "Cheap power and heat: Calvert promises lowest utility rates." Regina Leader-Post, 3 September 2003. A1.
  3. ^ "Member of Sask. opposition quits." Regina Leader-Post.
  4. ^ James Parker. "Wall defends no policy debate." Regina Leader-Post, 3 February 2007. C11.
  5. ^ "Party members may face code of ethics." Regina Leader Post, 9 February 2006. B3
  6. ^ Moose Jaw Times Herald, 21 March 2006. 2
  7. ^ CBC: Karwacki shoots back at controversial poll, Yahoo! Canada News: Sask. Party denies using controversial polling technique
  8. ^ Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly, Hansard, May 16, 2006 (PDF)
  9. ^ James Wood. "'Saskatchwan’ Party fumbles spelling in television ad." Star-Phoenix [Saskatoon], 18 May 2006. A8.
  10. ^ CBC: NDP lights into Sask. Party over tobacco donation

External links

Saskatchewan Political Parties
Represented in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan:
NDP Sask Party
Other parties recognized by the Elections Saskatchewan:
Green PC Liberal Marijuana WIP

Provincial Elections

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Saskatchewan Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (867 words)
The Saskatchewan Party is a centre-right political party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
The Saskatchewan Party serves as the province's Official Opposition, holding 27 of the 58 seats (1 vacant due to a recent resignation) in the province's Legislative Assembly in Regina.
In 2004, the Saskatchewan Party had attacked the provincial NDP government over a bad investment, named SpudCo, and the actions of a cabinet minister, Eldon Lautermilch who was forced to apologize for misleading the legislature, a fact that only became apparent once sworn evidence was acquired from a civil lawsuit against the province.
Saskatchewan Liberal Party - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (690 words)
The party dominated Saskatchewan politics for the province's first forty years providing six of the first seven premiers, and being in power for all but five of the years between the province's creation in 1905 and World War II.
After the defeat of the Liberals in the 1971 election at the hands of the CCF's successor, the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP), the party remained the principal opposition party in the province until the 1978 election, when the party was wiped out and replaced on the right by the Progressive Conservatives.
The party continued to founder and, in 1997, several right-wing Liberal Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) joined forces with Reform Party of Canada supporters and former Tories to form the Saskatchewan Party.
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