NDP: http://www.cjme.com/2020/09/25/ndp-candidate-named-for-regina-walsh-acres/ Kelly Hardy has been named the Saskatchewan NDP’s candidate in Regina Walsh Acres for the upcoming provincial election. “The people of Regina Walsh Acres deserve an MLA who understands the needs of working families — and Kelly is that candidate,” reads a statement from NDP Leader Ryan Meili.
There has been some controversy over who would represent the NDP in the riding. Sandra Morin had won the nomination 15 months ago but did not receive Meili’s endorsement, the leader saying that decision was based on information from the vetting process. Those reasons have not been disclosed, with Meili citing confidentiality. Morin herself has disputed the grounds for getting booted from the NDP ticket, saying, “there’s absolutely no justifiable reason for Mr. Meili to bully or sideline me or the members who voted for me as their candidate.”
The former candidate had the support of riding association president Barb Dedi, who was fired a month after Morin was dropped. Meili has denied there was any connection between Dedi’s removal and Morin’s candidacy, saying a harassment complaint was brought against Dedi last year. Dedi, a 40-year member of the party, reacted with disbelief, accusing Meili of bullying and violating the NDP’s constitution.
http://www.cjme.com/2020/09/25/a-lot-of-praying-u-of-s-professor-says-ndp-facing-uphill-election-battle/ A Saskatoon political expert thinks the Saskatchewan NDP is facing an uphill battle in the upcoming provincial election. Dr. Joe Garcea, a political studies professor at the University of Saskatchewan, doesn’t think the opposition has any real chance of unseating the governing Saskatchewan Party.
“The NDP is going to find it difficult to make any significant gains,” he told Gormley guest host Mike Couros on Friday. “For them, it will be a matter of basically either treading water, going up by a couple of seats or perhaps going down by a couple of seats …, “Anything beyond an increase or decrease of two seats for them would be surprising.”
“If they start losing seats, more than two or three, then it’s really a matter of facing survival and trying to move the party forward,” he said. Meili could even be at risk of losing his seat in the Saskatoon-Meewasin constituency. Asked if he thought Meili should be running to win the election or just to be a strong opposition, Garcea was blunt. “Frankly, right now I think he’s running for survival. Even in his own seat here in Saskatoon, there is very heavy campaigning on the part of the Sask. Party. They would love nothing more than to unseat him, and he may be vulnerable,” Garcea said. “That would be another big hit for the NDP at this particular point in time. There’s a lot of soul-searching going on and I’m sure a lot of praying as well.”
Ahead of the writ drop, both the Saskatchewan Party and opposition NDP have a full slate of 61 candidates. The NDP announced its final 12 candidates on Friday. The Sask. Party announced its final candidate last Saturday. Both parties have disclosed the criminal past of candidates including impaired driving convictions and pardons.
The NDP candidates with convictions include:
- Carter Antoine, who is running for a seat in Yorkton-Melville, was convicted of impaired driving in 2017
- Bhajan Brar, for Regina Pasqua, was convicted of dangerous driving causing bodily harm in 2011
- Ken Burton, for Moosomin, was convicted of impaired driving in 1973
- Bonnie Galenzowski, for Melville-Saltcoats, was convicted of impaired driving in 1982
- Rod McCorriston, for Carrot River Valley, was convicted of impaired driving in 1980
- Lyle Whitefish, for Saskatchewan Rivers, was convicted of impaired driving in 2011
The Sask. Party candidates with an impaired driving conviction are:
- Terry Dennis, MLA for Canora-Pelly, was convicted 1978 and 2001
- Don McMorris, MLA for Indian Head Milestone, was convicted in 2016
- Terry Jenson, for Martensville Warman, was convicted in 1994
- Scott Moe, premier and MLA for Rosthern Shellbrook, was convicted in 1992
- Manny Sadhra, for Saskatoon Fairview, was convicted in 2008
- Eric Olauson, for Saskatoon University, was convicted in 1992 and 1993