Accidental Deliberations: On advance preparation

I’ve noted before that Scott Moe’s spring election posturing prevented Elections Saskatchewan from putting together a full postal balloting system for this fall’s provincial election. And I haven’t yet heard of any municipalities going to a full vote-by-mail balloting system for their subsequent votes (though I’d be interested to hear

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Accidental Deliberations: On opportunism

When Scott Moe first heard about the coronavirus, he smelled opportunity. And that can take many forms. No, Moe didn’t call the spring election that he initially planned. But he did take the opportunity to prevent Elections Saskatchewan from pursuing a modernized voting process or a full mail-in balloting system

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Accidental Deliberations: On necessary steps

Following up on the status of Saskatchewan’s pending provincial election, let’s note how it fits into one Scott Moe’s refusal to reconvene the Legislature. Here’s what the Chief Electoral Officer has had to say about the province’s options: On Monday, Michael Boda sent Premier Scott Moe and the House leaders

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Accidental Deliberations: On absenteeism

The U.S. has seen some of its state elections turned into anti-democratic abominations by the absence of effective absentee balloting – with the lack of effective voting serving as an explicit strategy by Republicans to exclude people from exercising their right to vote. Fortunately, Saskatchewan doesn’t have the extreme exclusions

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Ken Chapman: What Do We Do Now?

The Political Paradox that is Alberta The political paradox for Alberta is that, while we have had majority governments since 1971 we have had unstable governance since about 2004.  In that election year Ralph Klein kept a majority government but was loosing popular support.  He gave up 12 seats that

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Scripturient: Who ya gonna call?

This song keeps running through my head: If there’s something strange in you neighborhood Who you gonna call? (your councillor) If there’s something weird And it don’t look good Who you gonna call? (your councillor) With apologies to Ray Parker, composer of the Ghostbusters theme song. More than three years

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