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Moe calls elec­tion in Sask. for Oct. 26

Cam­paign of just 28 days short­est al­lowed

- Stephanie Tay­lor US Elections · Politics · Elections · Infectious Diseases · US Politics · Health Conditions · Saskatchewan · Regina · Scott Moe · New Westminster · Saskatchewan Party · New Democratic Party (Canada) · British Columbia · Brad Wall

REGINA • Saskatchew­an Premier Scott Moe has of­fi­cially launched the cam­paign for the Oct. 26 provin­cial elec­tion.

Moe met with Lt- Gov. Rus­sell Mi­rasty on Tues­day morn­ing at Govern­ment House to ask him to dis­solve the leg­is­la­ture.

“I guess it would be no se­cret what that meet­ing was about,” Moe said af­ter­wards.

“I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting out and en­gag­ing with the peo­ple across this prov­ince and ask­ing for their sup­port.”

Saskatchew­an was the only prov­ince that had a fixed­date elec­tion sched­uled for this year.

But that was be­fore the COVID - 19 pan­demic hit and re­stric­tions to keep it in check sent the global econ­omy into a tail­spin.

In March, de­spite the health cri­sis, Moe sug­gested he might call an elec­tion in the spring be­cause he wanted a man­date from vot­ers “sooner rather than later.”

But he stuck with the Oc­to­ber date, and Elec­tions Saskatchew­an is work­ing to hold the vote safely by in­creas­ing the num­ber of polling lo­ca­tions and stock­ing up on face masks and san­i­tizer.

Moe’s Saskatchew­an Party had 46 seats in the leg­is­la­ture at dis­so­lu­tion and the Op­po­si­tion NDP had 13.

The Saskatchew­an vote will be the third in the coun­try dur­ing the pan­demic. New Brunswick­ers went to the polls ear­lier this month and an elec­tion in Bri­tish Columbia has been called for Oct. 24.

Moe has opted for the short­est pos­si­ble cam­paign — 28 days, the min­i­mum time al­lowed — be­fore the fixed elec­tion date. Can­di­dates have al­ready been door-knock­ing for weeks.

The NDP has rolled out pre- cam­paign pledges that in­clude $25-a-day child care and $100 re­bate cheques for driv­ers. Moe’s Saskatchew­an Party govern­ment has made a flurry of pre­vi­ously com­mit­ted in­fra­struc­ture spend­ing an­nounce­ments.

Moe is seek­ing a fourth term for the party and his first man­date from vot­ers as premier. He got the top job after win­ning the party’s lead­er­ship in 2018, when premier Brad Wall de­cided to re­tire from pol­i­tics.

Moe has said vot­ers this year will have to con­sider which party they trust to re­vive the prov­ince’s econ­omy. He said spend­ing de­ci­sions will be tem­pered by the goal of elim­i­nat­ing the pro­jected $2.1-bil­lion deficit by 2024.

“Fis­cal pru­dence is among one of the very hall­marks of this party and it’s al­ways a goal,” he said in a pre- cam­paign in­ter­view.

NDP Leader Ryan Meili has said his party will be bold in the cam­paign and he hopes vot­ers will see the New Democrats as an op­tion for change.

“They haven’ t seen enough from us yet to know, and this is what a cam­paign is about.”

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