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Chief electoral officer 'hopeful' voters will show up at ballot box for Saskatoon Meewasin byelection

Saskatchewan’s chief electoral officer says he is hopeful there will be a good turnout for the upcoming byelection in Saskatoon Meewasin.

“Traditionally, byelections have had a lower turnout rate, and that may be the case in this particular byelection,” said Michael Boda on Thursday. 345 more words

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Liberals bungled electoral reform

Breaking your signature election promise to “make every vote count” is bad enough.

But for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to announce he was breaking his vow to overhaul how Canadians vote by slipping the announcement into the mandate letter he sent to his new Minister of Democratic Institutions — suddenly a lame-duck portfolio — smacks of a cowardly breakup by text message. 401 more words

Government And Politics

Elections Sask. report shows 94.1 per cent of eligible voters were registered, but voter turnout was only 53.5 per cent

A new Elections Saskatchewan report shows 94.1 per cent of Saskatchewan residents eligible to vote were registered, but turnout of eligible voters was only 53.5 per cent. 498 more words

Saskatchewan

New political financing rules kick in for Quebec municipal elections

Fewer than half of Montrealers vote in a municipal election, but everyone is going to support the candidates who run in the next general election this November under new provincial financing rules that kicked in on Jan. 1,132 more words

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Spencer: Presidential campaign corruption? Put it behind you until next time

Around the time FBI Director James Comey torpedoed the Hillary Clinton campaign and audio emerged of Donald Trump discussing women’s genitalia, I happened upon a fascinating book called Anything for a Vote, about corruption in U.S. 590 more words

Columnists

Boosted Elections Alberta budget approved, with opposition objections

The Elections Alberta budget was boosted on Tuesday to keep up with the demands of the recent changes to the province’s election laws.

Opposition members supported it with deep ambivalence, saying some measures of the Fair Elections Act were targeted more at them than getting big money out of politics. 294 more words

Politics

Council code breach allegations dismissed, but uncertainty lingers

Saskatoon city council wants clearer rules to define the use of emails during elections by incumbent council members after Coun. Randy Donauer was absolved of wrongdoing. 511 more words

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