Provincial Government in Canada: Organization, Institutions & Issues

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Mar 4, 2009

Canada’s provinces are an integral layer of the nation’s governmental system. Under Canada’s Constitution, provincial governments have many key powers and jurisdictions, such as the provision of fundamental social services (for example, health, education and welfare), control over civil and property rights, and power over local government. This article explores provincial government in Canada, focusing on the key topics of the provinces as a level of government; provincial political, financial and administrative institutions; and issues and debates in provincial government.

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Why the Conservatives could sweep Saskatchewan...

By David McGrane on Oct 8, 2008

This op-ed piece will appear in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix on Thursday, October 9th.

With Conservative support taking a nosedive in Quebec, it seems that they need to add a considerable number of seats in English Canada if they are to form a majority government. All of the sudden, a Conservative sweep of Saskatchewan's seats could be the difference between a majority and minority Harper government. While Saskatchewan is an important part of the Conservatives' pursuit of a majority, our province also plays a key role in Stephen Harper's quest to reshape Canadian political culture.

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The Choice that Saskatchewan voters make will matter...

By David McGrane on Sep 19, 2008

 This article appears as  "Choice by voters in Sask. Will hold significant sway", Saskatoon StarPhoenix, September 18th, 2008, A11. 

When the Prime Minister called the federal election, the response of many people in Saskatchewan was undoubtedly: "What! Another election!" With two federal elections and one provincial election during last four years, a little voter fatigue is understandable. Nonetheless, we should not let our weariness allow us to fall prey to old, cynical arguments that we should not bother to vote because ‘all politicians are the same' and ‘your vote doesn't make a difference anyway.'  The votes cast in Saskatchewan on October 14th will be very important for the future of province and our country. The choice we make will make a difference.

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Almanac: Ryan Bater

Ryan Bater is leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party. He was acclaimed leader at the party’s convention in February 2009.

In the summer of 2009, Bater traveled to 31 communities across Saskatchewan as part of an outreach tour. He focused on rural communities. Although he does not currently hold a seat in the provincial legislature, Bater ran in the 2007 election, representing his party in the riding of The Battlefords.

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2007 Saskatchewan General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 24, 2007


p>On November 7, 2007, Saskatchewan voters elected the Saskatchewan Party to a majority government, with Brad Wall becoming the new provincial Premier. The election of the Saskatchewan Party ended 16 years of rule by the provincial New Democratic Party (first under Premier Roy Romanow, and then under Premier Lorne Calvert).

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Almanac: Dwain Lingenfelter

Dwain Lingenfelter became leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party in June 2009. At the time of writing, he did not hold a seat in the provincial legislature, but has been nominated to run in the upcoming by-election in the riding of Regina Douglas Park.

The former deputy premier defeated political newcomer Ryan Meili, a Saskatoon doctor, in a tight leadership race held in June 2009. Lingenfelter replaces outgoing party leader and former premier Lorne Calvert.

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Almanac: Saskatchewan Election Info

Find detailed past election results, political party leader profiles and related features and cartoons for provincial elections in Saskatchewan.

2007 Election Results and Current Party Standings


table summary="Current Political Party Standings in Saskatchewan" cellSpacing="0" id="voter-data-table"> Political Parties2007Voter %Current Saskatchewan Party 38 50.81

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2003 Saskatchewan General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 1, 2003


p>On November 5, 2003, Saskatchewan voters returned Premier Lorne Calvert and the provincial New Democratic Party to government, this time with a slight majority in the legislative assembly.

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