The Premier and Leader of the Saskatchewan Party Brad Wall seems almost sure to win re-election tomorrow against the opposition New Democratic Party. However, Wall himself claims that his prospects are not as rosy as everyone says.
As with much of what politicians say this is probably not true but is meant to make sure that his supporters do not get lazy and stay home. Wall is so far ahead in the polls many who support him perhaps might just not bother to vote on the assumption he will win anyway. Also, there was snow today in parts of Saskatchewan and may be some tomorrow too and that may also give a reason not to vote in the countryside.
The last poll taken on Nov. 4 showed the Saskatchewan Party with 66.7 per cent of the vote against 26.4 for the NDP. Earlier polls were slightly better for the NDP. At dissolution the conservative Saskatchewan Party had 38 seats as against 20 for the NDP. This time the NDP will probably win far less.
Both parties agrees that the province is doing well economically. Saskatchewan has huge potash resources that are used in producing fertilizer. The NDP wants to increase royalties to gain more revenues for the government. Most of the large potash producers used to belong to the government but they were privatised some time back by a Conservative administration. The NDP has not campaigned to rationalise the resource.
The NDP leader Lingenfelter says: "There's no doubt the economy is growing and the Saskatchewan Party has a lot of money coming in and the wealthy are getting more wealthy," "People like teachers, health care workers, are still having difficulty making ends meet, and seniors are not getting their fair share." THe NDP has made more spending promises than the Saskatchewan Party. Saskatchewan is not predicted to have a deficit this year in spite of poor economic conditions elsewhere.
Here is a link to a video mostly of one Saskatchewan Party campaigner. As the CBC crew discovers he set everything up without telling them! The crew became suspicious when he kept talking to people in the cafe without bothering to introduce himself!