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Here’s The SKoop for Thursday, May 9:

  • The NDP nominate another candidate in contested nomination,

  • Sask. Party completes their northern slate,

  • The legislature passes the budget, and

  • Teachers begin voting on the government’s final offer.

Today’s Top Stories

NDP nominate candidate for Saskatoon Westview

April ChiefCalf and Carla Beck (Saskatchewan NDP)

Saskatoon New Democrats met last night to vote in a contested nomination meeting and nominated their candidate for Saskatoon Westview.

April ChiefCalf is a faculty member at the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) in Saskatoon. She previously worked at the Northern Teacher Education Program. There was one other candidate running for the nomination.

The Saskatchewan Party’s David Buckingham surprised many when he won this seat in 2016, defeating NDP leader Cam Broten. Buckingham was re-elected in 2020 with a larger margin.

Chiefcalf is the 37th candidate nominated by the NDP ahead of this fall’s vote.

Westview is one of the few ridings that looks nearly identical after the new boundaries. In its previous iteration as Saskatoon Massey Place, residents consistently elected a New Democrat. Saskatoon Westview will be competitive, and one that the NDP have their sights set on winning back.

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Sask. Party nominates candidate for Cumberland

The Saskatchewan Party is continuing on its steady path of nominations and has nominated its candidate for Cumberland.

Gregory Seib was acclaimed as the Sask. Party candidate for the north-eastern northern riding. The largest community in the riding is La Ronge, followed by Creighton. Seib is the Education Coordinator for Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Education Authority in Deschambault Lake.

Cumberland has never elected a Saskatchewan Party MLA. The incumbent MLA for Cumberland is the NDP’s Doyle Vermette, who has represented the area since 2008. He previously announced his retirement and the NDP have nominated La Ronge town councillor Jordan McPhail as their candidate.

Seib is the 50th candidate nominated by the Saskatchewan Party ahead of the 2024 election.

Cumberland is a safe seat for New Democrats although political watchers will look to see if Athabasca MLA Jim Lemaigre has a campaign impact in the north.

Provincial Budget Passes

The Saskatchewan Legislature has passed the 2024-25 provincial budget.

Yesterday in the Saskatchewan Legislature, MLAs voted on the second and third reading of Bill 161 - The Appropriations Act 2024. Several bills, including the Appropriations Act, were also given Royal Assent by Lieutenant Governor Russel Mirasty.

The budget passed after the Speaker asked if it were the pleasure of the Assembly to adopt the motion, and for all in favour to say “yay” and all opposed to say “no.” The Speaker confirmed that the “yays” had it and that the motion be carried. There was no recorded vote.

There are still five more sitting days in Regina before MLAs break for the summer, and until an election will be called later this year. You can likely expect a few more raucous Question Periods as MLAs get their final jabs in, as well as a few farewell statements from the several MLAs not seeking re-election.

Teachers vote on final offer

Saskatchewan teachers are voting on the government’s contract final offer. Voting started yesterday and will continue today until 6:00 pm.

Premier Moe spoke to media at a Saskatchewan Chamber event this week and said, “this is a contract that will provide them with (salary) above the western Canadian average” and “the school divisions will be faced with a difficult choice to ensure they are providing instructional hours” if further job action goes forward after the vote.

STF President Samantha Becotte said she was disappointed that a tentative agreement could not be reached at the bargaining table, saying “We are doing our due diligence and making sure members have all the information and facts and presenting in a neutral way,” so teachers can make an informed vote.”

The last time teachers voted, 95% of teachers voted in favour of giving STF leadership the ability to take job action.

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