Saskatchewan general election, 1999
The Saskatchewan general election of 1999 was the twenty-fourth provincial election held in the Canadian province of
Saskatchewan. It was held on September 16 1999, to elect members of the 24th Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.
Facing the fallout of a poor crop growing season and a scandal involving
SaskPower(Channel Lake), the New Democratic government of Premier Roy Romanow, challenged by the newly-created Saskatchewan Party, lost a significant share of the popular vote, winning exactly half of the fifty eight seats in the legislature.
The Saskatchewan Party was a right-wing party created by former members of the Progressive Conservative Party and by Liberals who were unhappy with the leadership of
The NDP was able to continue to govern with the support of some Liberal Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
Some New Democrats who were unhappy with the government of Roy Romanow had left the party to form the
New Green Alliance, an environmentalist party. This party won about 1% of the popular vote, and no seats in the legislature.
The Progressive Conservative Party nominated fourteen
paper candidates, all in NDP strongholds, in order to preserve its status as a registered political party. The Tories did not actively campaign and won only a few votes.
*Party did not nominate candidates in previous election.
1 One constituency, Wood River, was initially won by the Liberals, but the result was overturned by the courts. The Saskatchewan Party won the ensuing
"People in bold represent party leaders and the Speaker"
David Sawkiw (Ind)
Quentin Agnew (PC)
Kevin Shiach (PC)
Ivan Olynyk (PC)
Vanessa Slater (PC)
Maisie Shiell (NGA) 256
Patrick L. Smith (PC)
] The close election results were challenged in the courts.
After five months a judicial decision came down and the results were certified on
January 27, 2000 Saskatchewan Liberal Partyincumbent Glen McPhersonwas declared by a judge the winner by a single vote defeating Yogi Huyghebaertfrom the Saskatchewan Party.cite web|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2000/01/27/mcpherson000127.html |title = McPherson wins Wood River | publisher = CBC News
January 27, 2000] The Saskatchewan Party decided to challenge the judicial decision, and it was overturned and dissolved based on irregularities in the absentee ballots.
The seat was dissolved and a by-election was called by Premier
Roy Romanowon May 29, 2000.cite web|url=http://www.gov.sk.ca/news?newsId=bcdf6b35-1607-438b-9320-2946ce022472 |title = Wood River By-election June 26 | publisher = Government of Saskatchewan | date = May 29, 2000| accessdate=2007-10-15] McPherson did not run in the subsequent by-election, choosing to reject the NDP-Liberal coalition. His candidacy for the Liberal party was replaced by Gerry Ruehs.cite web|url=http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2000/06/26/woodriver000626.html |title = Wood River by-election underway| publisher = CBC News | date = June 26, 2000| accessdate=2007-10-15] Huyghebaert ended up winning the by-election.
Source: [http://www.elections.sk.ca/history.php#provincialvotesummaries Elections Saskatchewan]
*List of Saskatchewan political parties
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