Saskatchewan general election, 1999

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Saskatchewan general election, 1999
Saskatchewan
1995 ←
members
August 16, 1999 (1999-08-16) → 2003
members

58 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
30 seats needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Roy Romanow Elwin Hermanson Jim Melenchuk
Party New Democratic Saskatchewan Liberal
Leader since November 7, 1987 April 20, 1998 November 24, 1996
Leader's seat Saskatoon Riversdale Rosetown-Elrose Saskatoon Northwest
Last election 42 pre-creation 11
Seats before 43 10 5
Seats won 29 25 4
Seat change –14 +15 –1
Popular vote 157,046 160,603 81,694
Percentage 38.73% 39.61% 20.15%
Swing –8.48pp –14.55pp

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Premier before election

Roy Romanow
New Democratic

Premier after election

Roy Romanow
New Democratic

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.

Polls during the campaign indicated strong levels of support for the New Democratic Party government.[1][2] However, facing the fallout of a poor crop growing season and a scandal involving SaskPower (Channel Lake), the New Democrat 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 right-wing Saskatchewan Party was created during the sitting of the 23rd Assembly by former members of the Progressive Conservative Party and by conservative Liberals who were unhappy with the leadership of Jim Melenchuk.

The new party was led by Elwin Hermanson, a former Reform Party federal Member of Parliament. In this election, it won 39.61% of the popular vote – slightly more than the NDP's 38.73% – but only twenty five seats.

The NDP was able to continue to govern with the support of some Liberal Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Some New Democrat party members unhappy with the government of Roy Romanow left 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.

Seating Plan After the Election

Results[edit]

Party Party leader # of
candidates
Seats Popular vote
1995 Dissolution Elected % Change # % % Change
     New Democratic
Roy Romanow
58 42 43 29 -32.6% 157,046 38.73% -8.48%
  Saskatchewan Party
Elwin Hermanson
58 * 10 251 * 160,603 39.61% *
  Liberal
Jim Melenchuk
58 11 5 41 -72.7% 81,694 20.15% -14.55%
New Green
Neil Sinclair
16 * * 4,101 1.01% *
     Progressive Conservative
Iris Dennis
14 5 -100% 1,609 0.40% -17.52%
     Independent 2 422 0.10% -0.07%
Total 206 58 58 571 405,475 100%  
Source: Elections Saskatchewan

Notes: * 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 by-election.

Party Seats Second Third Fourth Fifth
     New Democratic Party 29 24 5 0 0
  Saskatchewan Party 25 23 8 2 0
  Liberal Party 4 11 45 0 0
New Green 0 0 0 15 1
     Progressive Conservative 0 0 0 7 7
     Independent 0 0 0 2 0

8 closest ridings[edit]

  1. Wood River: Yogi Huyghebaert (SK Party) def. Glen McPherson (Lib) by 7 votes1
  2. Saskatoon Southeast: Pat Lorje (NDP) def. Grant Karwacki (Lib) by 38 votes
  3. Regina Wascana Plains: Doreen Hamilton (NDP) def. Dan Thibault (SK Party) by 119 votes
  4. Saskatoon Northwest: Jim Melenchuk (Lib) def. Grant Whitmore (NDP) by 127 votes
  5. Saskatchewan Rivers: Daryl Wiberg (SK Party) def. Jack Langford (NDP) by 156 votes
  6. Shellbrook-Spiritwood: Denis Allchurch (SK Party) def. Lloyd Johnson (NDP) by 301 votes
  7. Yorkton: Clay Serby (NDP) def. Lorne Gogal (SK Party) by 306 votes
  8. Meadow Lake: Maynard Sonntag (NDP) def. Bob Young (SK Party) by 323 votes

Notes: 1 see below under "Wood River controversy"

Riding results[edit]

People in bold represent cabinet ministers and the Speaker. Party leaders are italicized. The symbol " ** " represents MLAs who are not running again.

Northwest Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal Other
       
Athabasca   Buckley Belanger
2,512
Bert Roach
76
Allan Adam
389
  Buckley Belanger
Battleford-Cut Knife   Sharon Murrell
2,438
Rudi Peters
3,107
Gary McArthur
1,242
  Sharon Murrell
Lloydminster   Violet Stanger
2,135
Milton Wakefield
2,928
Larry Ingram
458
  Violet Stanger
Meadow Lake   Maynard Sonntag
2,846
Bob Young
2,523
Don Coupland
722
  Maynard Sonntag
North Battleford   Kim Newsham
2,672
Josiah Rise
1,026
Jack Hillson
3,478
  Jack Hillson
Rosthern   Nadia Willard
1,828
Ben Heppner
4,331
Warren McCloud
690
  Ben Heppner
Shellbrook-Spiritwood   Lloyd Johnson
2,594
Denis Allchurch
2,895
Walter Krushelniski
1,223
  Lloyd Johnson

Northeast Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal Progressive
Conservative
Other
         
Canora-Pelly   Bill Dodge
2,195
Ken Krawetz
4,529
Richard McLeod
935
David Sawkiw (Ind.)
127
  Ken Krawetz
Carrot River Valley   Andy Renaud
2,803
Carl Kwiatkowski
3,582
Ron Wassill
667
  Andy Renaud
Cumberland   Keith Goulet
2,402
Don Johannesson
336
Winston McKay
627
Quentin Agnew
117
  Keith Goulet
Kelvington-Wadena   Doug Still
2,152
June Draude
5,045
Sean Macknak
488
  June Draude
Melfort-Tisdale   Carol Carson
2,489
Rod Gantefoer
4,096
Ken Magnus
1,310
  Rod Gantefoer
Prince Albert Carlton   Myron Kowalsky
3,157
Bert Provost
1,742
Dan Pinto
943
  Myron Kowalsky
Prince Albert Northcote   Eldon Lautermilch
2,485
Pauline Provost
754
Jim Stiglitz
1,632
Kevin Shiach
135
  Eldon Lautermilch
Saskatchewan Rivers   Jack Langford
2,892
Daryl Wiberg
3,048
Stan Kowal
852
  Jack Langford

West Central Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal New Green
Alliance
       
Arm River   Ron Bishoff
2,110
Greg Brkich
3,696
Harvey McLane
2,624
  Harvey McLane
Humboldt   Armand Roy
2,978
Arlene Julé
3,821
Joanne Perreault
1,459
Ron Schriml
250
  Arlene Julé
Kindersley   Bill Rosher
1,444
Bill Boyd
4,491
Vaughn Biberdorf
1,140
  Bill Boyd
Redberry Lake   Walter Jess
2,444
Randy Weekes
3,860
Harry Lewchuk
1,082
Ivan Olynyk
162
  Walter Jess
Rosetown-Biggar   Berny Wiens
2,801
Elwin Hermanson
4,907
John Hendrickson
548
Rick Barsky
75
  Berny Wiens
Watrous   Eric Upshall
2,928
Donna Harpauer
3,572
Ray Hall
1,437
  Eric Upshall

Southwest Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal Progressive
Conservative
       
Cypress Hills   Keith Murch
1,368
Wayne Elhard
4,138
Barry Thienes
1,097
  Wayne Elhard1
Moose Jaw North   Glenn Hagel
3,451
Alene Tanner
2,772
Tatum Benz
591
  Glenn Hagel
Moose Jaw Wakamow   Deb Higgins
3,111
Doris Dunphy
1,892
Marlin Belt
668
Vanessa Slater
99
  Lorne Calvert**
Swift Current   John Wall
2,538
Brad Wall
4,600
Rhonda Thompson
1,269
  John Wall
Thunder Creek   Ivan Costley
1,496
Lyle Stewart
3,969
Gerald Aldridge
2,031
  Gerald Aldridge
Wood River2   Robert Anderson
1,608
Yogi Huyghebaert
3,139
Glen McPherson
3,132
  Glen McPherson

Notes[edit]

1. Elhard was elected to the Legislature as a member of the Saskatchewan Party in a June 1999 by-election following the resignation and eventual conviction of former PC MLA Jack Goohsen.
2. see below under Wood River controversy

Southeast Saskatchewan[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal New Green
Alliance
       
Cannington   Glen Lawson
1,104
Dan D'Autremont
5,671
Joanne Johnston
798
  Dan D'Autremont
Estevan   Larry Ward
1,484
Doreen Eagles
3,577
Neil Collins
2,440
Sigfredo Gonzalez
130
  Larry Ward
Indian Head-
Milestone
  Lorne Scott
2,305
Don McMorris
3,877
Larry Schultz
1,693
Garth Herman
187
  Lorne Scott
Last Mountain-Touchwood   Dale Flavel
2,909
Glen Hart
3,816
Ken Kluz
1,363
  Dale Flavel
Melville   Michael Fisher
2,056
Garry Hoffman
2,165
Ron Osika
3,419
  Ron Osika
Moosomin   John McCormick
1,604
Don Toth
4,669
John Van Eaton
1,539
  Don Toth
Saltcoats   Leo Fuhr
1,884
Bob Bjornerud
4,688
Vic Polsom
933
  Bob Bjonerud
Weyburn-
Big Muddy
  Judy Bradley
2,899
Brenda Bakken
4,015
Joseph Weisgerber
1,373
  Judy Bradley
Yorkton   Clay Serby
2,893
Lorne Gogal
2,587
Richard Yaholnitsky
1,578
  Clay Serby

Saskatoon[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal New Green
Alliance
Progressive
Conservative
         
Saskatoon Eastview   Judy Junor
3,644
Francis Kreiser
2,646
Bernie Yuzdepski
1,722
Sandy Ervin
366
  Judy Junor
Saskatoon Fairview   Chris Axworthy
2,653
Sandra Rees
1,137
Barry Anderson
649
Lynn Oliphant
89
Gwen Katzman
153
  Chris Axworthy
Saskatoon Greystone   Peter Prebble
3,630
John Brennan
2,501
Peter Stroh
1,454
  Lynda Haverstock**
Saskatoon Idylwyld   Janice MacKinnon
3,144
Martin Boser
1,333
Tim Ponto
977
Maisie Shiell
258
Kenneth J. Klassen
122
  Janice MacKinnon
Saskatoon Meewasin   Carolyn Jones
3,588
Rodger Broadhead
2,863
Paul Prisciak
1,374
David Greenfield
294
  Carol Teichrob**
Saskatoon
Mount Royal
  Eric Cline
3,523
Tyson Delorme
1,280
Myron Luczka
1,187
Kirk Eggum
89
  Eric Cline
Saskatoon Northwest   Grant Whitmore
2,236
Jerry Ehalt
1,912
Jim Melenchuk
2,363
  Grant Whitmore
Saskatoon Nutana   Pat Atkinson
3,671
Terry Biddell
1,472
George Haines
1,068
Patrick L. Smith
520
Dave Mathers
75
  Pat Atkinson
Saskatoon Riversdale   Roy Romanow
3,130
Mark Coderre
1,060
David Pillipow
923
Neil Sinclair
167
Glenn Schriener
127
  Roy Romanow
Saskatoon Southeast   Pat Lorje
3,172
Dennis Reaburn
1,987
Grant Karwacki
3,134
  Pat Lorje
Saskatoon Sutherland   Graham Addley
3,234
Robin Bellamy
2,778
Vernice McIntyre
1,268
  Mark Koenker**

Regina[edit]

Electoral District Candidates Incumbent
New Democratic Saskatchewan
Party
Liberal New Green
Alliance
Progressive
Conservative
Other
           
Regina Centre   Joanne Crofford
3,265
Ryan LeBlond
926
Robert Jozsa
1,362
Barb Markewich
534
Kenneth R. Johnson
177
  Joanne Crofford
Regina
Coronation Park
  Kim Trew
3,297
Lyle Hewitt
1,517
Kathy Hill
1,391
Ian Kimball
112
  Kim Trew
Regina Dewdney   Kevin Yates
2,687
Brent Shirkey
1,091
Hem Juttla
1,500
Victor Lau
294
Kristian Eggum
130
  Edwin Tchorzewski**
Regina Elphinstone   Dwain Lingenfelter
2,689
Jo Ann Mohr
1,168
Robert Ermel
1,109
John Warnock
243
Brenda Rossow
56
  Dwain Lingenfelter
Regina Lakeview   John Nilson
4,207
Randall Edge
1,741
Karen Pedersen
2,173
Brad Johnson
116
Wayne Gilmer (Ind.)
295
  John Nilson
Regina Northeast   Ron Harper
3,193
Yvonne Mackie
1,566
John Patterson
1,327
  Edward Shillington**
Regina Qu'Appelle Valley   Mark Wartman
3,641
Murray Hugel
2,251
Reina Sinclair
1,502
  Suzanne Murray**
Regina Sherwood   Lindy Kasperski
3,090
Arlene Bray
1,549
Tom Crosby
1,369
George Marcotte
101
  Lindy Kasperski
Regina South   Andrew Thomson
3,324
Terri Harris
2,533
David Huliyappa
2,390
Peter Borch
278
  Andrew Thomson
Regina Victoria   Harry Van Mulligen
3,231
Terry Wall
1,690
John Knight
1,608
Jim Elliott
254
  Harry Van Mulligen
Regina Wascana Plains   Doreen Hamilton
3,758
Dan Thibault
3,639
Adam Niesner
1,943
  Doreen Hamilton

Wood River controversy[edit]

The Wood River electoral district in the wake of the 1999 general election endured a nine month crisis where it went without representation. On election night returns came back in favour of Saskatchewan Party candidate Yogi Huyghebaert who defeated incumbent Glen McPherson by just seven votes in unofficial returns.[3] 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 Party incumbent Glen McPherson was declared by a judge the winner by a single vote defeating Yogi Huyghebaert from the Saskatchewan Party.[4] 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 Romanow on May 29, 2000.[5] 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.[6] Huyghebaert ended up winning the by-election.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Romanow "encouraged" by poll, Melenchuk not "discouraged"". CBC News. August 30, 1999. 
  2. ^ "Romanow re-elected with minority government". Maclean's. September 27, 1999. 
  3. ^ "Unofficial returns Saskatchewan general election 1999". Psephos Adam Carr's Election Archive. September 16, 1999. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  4. ^ "McPherson wins Wood River". CBC News. January 27, 2000. 
  5. ^ "Wood River By-election June 26". Government of Saskatchewan. May 29, 2000. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Wood River by-election underway". CBC News. June 26, 2000. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 

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