It’s officially election season in Saskatchewan as the writ has been dropped.
On Tuesday morning, Premier Scott Moe requested Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and now the Saskatchewan election campaign has begun.
Tuesday was the last day the province was able to call the 29th election in time for October 26th.
Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held 46 of the 61 legislative seats when it was dissolved while the NDP held 13 seats and two were vacant. This is Moe’s first election as the Party’s leader after succeeding Brad Wall in January 2018.
The Sask. Party is the longest-serving provincial government in Canada after being in power since 2007.
There have only been three parties that served four consecutive terms in the history of the province. The Sask. Party will have their fourth term if elected next month.
In Lloydminster, Saskatchewan New Democratic Party candidate Colleen Henning is set to run against Incumbent MLA Colleen Young with the Saskatchewan Party. No other party candidates have announced putting their name in the hat for the Lloydminster riding yet.
There are six registered political parties in Saskatchewan, including the Buffalo Party of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (NDP), the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Green Party, the Saskatchewan Liberal Party and the Saskatchewan Party.
Voters will be able to register to place their ballot in by mail, or in-person either in advance or on October 26th. Those who want to vote by mail must register by October 15th.