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Here’s The SKoop for Friday, May 3:

  • More details on 2023 party fundraising results,

  • A former Premier among those given Saskatchewan’s highest honour, and

  • Tensions are building ahead of the upcoming teacher contract vote.

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What do individual donations tell us?

On Friday we discussed the 2023 financial returns of Saskatchewan’s political parties, highlighting the total amounts the parties raised, and some big corporate and union donations that were received. Today, we’re looking at individual donations in 2023; these are amounts donated by individual people, from the biggest amount, to the smallest.

Last year the Saskatchewan Party raised $2.1 million from individual donations, with an average donation of $137 from almost 16,000 total donors. The three largest individual donations the party received were of $15,000 each. More than half of the party’s total individual donations received (over 7,900) were donations of $25 or less. 

In 2023 the NDP raised $1.1 million from individual donors with an average donation of $221 from 5,000 donors. The largest individual donation the NDP received was $10,800. The party received 954 total indvidiual donations of $25 or less.

Saskatchewan United is in a very distant third with 575 individual donors averaging $556 for their individual donations totalling $317K. The largest individual donation the party received was $37,900 - the highest out of all political parties.

The average Buffalo Party individual contribution was $108, while it was $170 for the Greens, $109 for Progress, and $71 for the PC’s.

What does this all mean? More small donors for the Sask. Party indicates success from targeted fundraising campaigns like asking to “Chip in $25” and fight the federal carbon tax, while the NDP’s strategy of asking supporters to “donate to compete with the Sask. Party’s big donors” may have lead to higher average individual donations.

A new election cycle also began in 2023, where nomination meetings for the two big parties meant membership sales of $10 per person. The Saskatchewan United seem to have relied on fewer, but very well-funded donors - but what did that money get them in 2023, and what will they be doing in this election year? As covered previously, Sask. United appears to have spent no money on any kind of advertising in advance of the fall vote.

We will have even MORE on political party financial returns tomorrow! Stay tuned.

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10 people receive Sask. Order of Merit

Former Premier Brad Wall is among the ten Saskatchewan residents who will receive the Saskatchewan Order of Merit this year.

The Saskatchewan Order of Merit was established in 1985 to celebrate excellence and achievements by Saskatchewan citizens. To date, 266 individuals have been invested with the Order in recognition of their significant contributions in areas such as agriculture, business, industry, community leadership, public service, art, research and volunteering. The Saskatchewan Order of Merit is recognized in the Canadian Honours System and members of the Order are entitled to use the post-nominal letters S.O.M.

Tribal Chief Mark Arcand, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Brynn Boback-Lane, and business leaders and philanthropists Greg and Olivia Yuel are among those also receiving the honour.

STF President speaks out on Premier’s recent contract offer comments

Teachers in the province will vote to accept or decline the ‘final offer’ presented by the government this week, on May 8 and 9.

STF President Samantha Becotte said, “The STF has been working really hard to present facts to our members and remain unbiased to allow for a democratic process to occur. We want them to take an objective look and provide us with direction of how to proceed.”

She said she was disappointed the Premier tried to ‘pursuade’ teachers during last week’s Premier’s estimates.

“It’s a fair offer for our educators,” Moe said at the legislature this week. “It gives them the security of continuing to ensure they are among the highest paid relative or above the western Canadian average in our nation.”

Education has been a continuing and contentious issue in the province, with the longest job action by teachers in the province’s history, the NDP calling for the resignation of the Education Minister, and the Saskatchewan government using the notwithstanding clause to pass Bill 137 last fall.

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