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The Saskatchewan Party (French Parti saskatchewanais ) is a conservative party in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan . It was created in 1997 from the merger of former members of the Progressive Conservative Party and the Liberal Party . In the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan , the party has 49 seats out of 58 and is the government. Party leader Brad Wall is also the provincial prime minister.
In the 1980s, the progressive conservatives formed the provincial government. However, a record high deficit and general dissatisfaction led to the resounding election victory of the social democratic NDP in 1991 . The exposure of corruption scandals further weakened the position of the progressive conservatives. When these and the Liberals performed disappointingly in the 1995 elections, the desire for a competitive right-of-center alternative arose among members of both parties.
In 1997, four former progressive-conservative and four liberal MPs each founded the Saskatchewan Party. However, this did not lead to a formal merger of the two parties. Most of the progressive conservatives joined the new group, but their old party was not dissolved. It still has substantial assets, which if dissolved would revert to the provincial government. To prevent this from happening, it continues to nominate pro forma candidates who have no chance of being elected. In view of the predominance of the conservatives (only a few liberals converted), political opponents suspected that they were merely trying to distance themselves from the corruption scandals.
In 1999, the Saskatchewan Party took part in the elections to the legislative assembly for the first time and achieved a share of the vote of almost 40% from scratch, which was not enough to oust the NDP. Four years later, the election results differed only marginally. In 2004 Brad Wall took over the party chairmanship. Under his leadership, the party abandoned various neoliberal positions and moved towards the middle of the political spectrum . This change of direction paid off in the 2007 elections. The Saskatchewan Party won more than 50% of the vote and Wall became the new Prime Minister.
Results of the legislative assembly elections:
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|Brad Wall||since 2004||since 2007|
- Elections in Saskatchewan - Elections Saskatchewan