🗳️ What's up with SUP?

An update on Sask. United, North Battleford municipal politics, and a profile of Yorkton

April 4, 2024 | Advertise with us

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Good morning. We join many others today by sending our condolences to the family of Jim Hopson, former President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Mr. Hopson died yesterday after a battle with cancer. RIP, sir.

Here’s The SKoop for today, Thursday, April 4:

  • What’s going on with the Saskatchewan United Party,

  • Municipal election news from North Battleford, and

  • A constituency profile of Yorkton.

Today’s Top Stories

Saskatchewan United: What the new party is doing (and not doing)

Sask United leader Nadine Wilson speaks in Question Period

The Saskatchewan United Party has gained attention on social and traditional media over the past couple of years. But as the fall election nears, numerous political observers are waiting to see how organized the party actually is and how prepared they are for a general election. While the Saskatchewan Party is poised to have nominated 51 out of 61 candidates in the next few weeks, and the NDP is set to nominate 38 by month's end, the Saskatchewan United Party has yet to formally nominate any candidates for the upcoming election. In contrast, the Green Party has already nominated 11 candidates.

Sask. United has demonstrated the ability to host events in rural Saskatchewan. They recently hosted a Townhall in Weyburn where they recently established a constituency association. Leader Nadine Wilson hosted a Fundraising dinner in Prince Albert in February, close to where she will run in her home constituency of Saskatchewan Rivers against Saskatchewan Party candidate Eric Schmalz. The party has also hosted ‘People Before Politics’ events in Spritwood, Tisdale, Southey, Kelvington, Raymore and Estevan.

A Sask. United event in Raymore on March 11.

The party's Deputy leader Jon Hromek has said he will again contest Lumsden-Morse where he placed second with 22% of the vote in the 2023 summer by-election, a race that was polarized after a sex-card scandal. In addition to Sask. Rivers, Lumsden, and Weyburn, Facebook pages have been created for constituency associations in Last Mountain-Touchwood and Saskatoon Eastview. But no candidates have been mentioned as of yet, and there is no word on other constituency associations being set up elsewhere.

A Sask. United event in Lumsden on August 2.

A major question remains as to what impact, if any, the new party will have on the 2024 election. They appear to have have raised some money from donors (2023 fundraising numbers will soon be made public), and the party has a pretty steady social media presence, with messaging primarily coming from Wilson and Hromek.

But the party has done little to no paid advertising in 2024. Facebook’s Ads Library, which tracks political ads on Facebook and Instagram, shows the Sask. United has done no advertising on those platforms since the Lumsden-Morse by-election last summer.

We will soon see whether Saskatchewan United has the resources, and the personnel, to have any affect whatsoever on this year’s election.

Municipal Update: North Battleford Councillor to run for Mayor, incumbent not seeking re-election

Kelli Hawtin, North Battleford City Councillor

North Battleford Mayor David Gillan hosted a ‘State of the City’ address on April 3 and announced that after one term he will not be running for re-election.

City Councillor Kelli Hawtin said she will have more to say this fall, but wanted to make her intentions clear, saying, “It’s something I’d been thinking about so it’s something that I wanted to give people an answer to right now and more to come.”

North Battleford is the 7th largest city in the province with approximately 15,000 people. Municipal elections are scheduled for November 13, 2024.

Constituency Profile: Yorkton

Each week leading up to the 2024 election, The SKoop Political Briefing will highlight a constituency that has nominated a candidate from at least both major parties. Today, we look at Yorkton.

The incumbent: David Chan is a new face for the incumbent Saskatchewan Party. Incumbent MLA Greg Ottenbreit did not seek re-election and Chan won a contested nomination beating two other candidates. Chan is very involved in his congregation and works as a mental health counsellor for the area.

The challenger: Lenore Pinder. Pinder has been working in the healthcare sector since 2001. She is formerly the Association president for this riding and is also a former school board trustee.

The takeaway: The odds are Yorkton is a safe Sask. Party hold. An interesting fact about the Yorkton constituency is that, regardless of party, it always elects a member to the government benches. Only twice in its history, in 1938 and 1960 did the people elect an opposition member. In 2020, Ottenbriet won with nearly 75% of the vote. The Green Party has nominated Valerie Brooks as a candidate for Yorkton.

2024 Election Candidate Tracker

  • Premier Scott Moe - Rosthern Shellbrook

  • Lisa Lambert - Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood

  • Muhammad Fiaz - Regina Pasqua

  • Jeremy Harrison - Meadow Lake

  • Lori Carr - Estevan-Big Muddy

  • Eric Schmalz - Saskatchewan Rivers

  • David Buckingham - Saskatoon Westview

  • Bronwyn Eyre - Saskatoon Stonebridge

  • Steven Bonk - Moosomin-Montmartre

  • Jeremy Cockrill - The Battlefords

  • Ken Cheveldayoff - Saskatoon Willowgrove

  • Gene Makowsky - Regina University

  • Alana Ross - Prince Albert Northcote

  • Christine Tell - Regina Wascana Plains

  • Hugh Nerlien - Kelvington-Wadena

  • Marv Friesen - Saskatoon Riversdale

  • David Marit - Wood River

  • Doug Steele - Cypress Hills

  • Terry Jenson - Warman

  • Daryl Harrison - Cannington

  • Travis Keisig - Last Mountain Touchwood

  • Everett Hindley - Swift Current

  • Todd Goudy - Melfort

  • Sean Wilson - Canora-Pelly

  • Warren Kaeding - Melville-Saltcoats

  • Tim McLeod - Moose Jaw North

  • Paul Merriman - Saskatoon Silverspring

  • Terri Bromm - Carrot River Valley

  • Joe Hargrave - Prince Albert Carlton

  • Colleen Young - Lloydminster

  • Jim Reiter - Rosetown-Delisle

  • Jim Lemaigre - Athabasca

  • Kim Gartner - Kindsersley-Biggar

  • Khushdil "Lucky" Mehrok - Regina South Albert

  • Blaine McLeod - Lumsden-Morse

  • Megan Patterson - Moose Jaw Wakamow

  • Darlene Rowden - Batoche

  • Laura Ross - Regina Rochdale

  • David Chan - Yorkton

  • James Thorsteinson - Cut Knife-Turtleford

  • Rahul Singh - Regina Northeast

  • Riaz Ahmad - Regina Coronation Park

  • Ghislaine McLeod - Saskatoon University-Sutherland

  • Jamie Martens - Martensville-Blairmore

  • Nicole Rancourt - Prince Albert Northcote

  • Joan Pratchler - Regina Rochdale

  • Betty Nippi-Albright - Saskatoon Centre

  • Aleana Young (Regina South Albert)

  • Trent Wotherspoon (Regina Mount Royal)

  • Nicole Sarauer (Regina Douglas Park)

  • Meara Conway (Regina Elphinstone Centre)

  • Matt Love (Saskatoon Eastview)

  • Nathaniel Teed (Saskatoon Meewasin)

  • Erika Ritchie (Saskatoon Nutana)

  • Vicki Mowat (Saskatoon Fairview)

  • Jordan McPhail - Cumberland

  • Melissa Patterson - Moose Jaw Wakamow

  • Bhajan Brar - Regina Pasqua

  • Tammy Pike - Martensville-Blairmore

  • Darcy Warrington - Saskatoon Stonebridge

  • Tajinder Grewal - Saskatoon University-Sutherland

  • Carolyn Brost-Strom - Prince Albert Carlton

  • Noor Burki - Regina Coronation Park

  • Jared Clarke - Regina Walsh Acres

  • Jacqueline Roy - Regina Northeast

  • Brenda Edel - Rosetown-Delisle

  • Tom Kroczynski - The Battlefords

  • Don McBean - Saskatoon Chief Mistiwasis

  • Grady Birns - White City-Qu'Appelle

  • Lenore Pinder - Yorkton

  • Lorne Schroeder - Kelvington-Wadena

  • Thera Nordal - Last Mountain-Touchwood

  • Cheantelle Fisher, Moose Jaw North

  • Kim Breckner, Saskatoon Riversdale

  • Alana Wakula, Saskatoon Willowgrove

  • Trina Miller - Batoche

  • Sally Housser - Regina University

  • Wynn Fedorchuk - Canora-Pelly