Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Bill Calls for Changing Provincial, Municipal Election Dates

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Bill Calls for Changing Provincial, Municipal Election Dates

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Saskatchewan introduces bill to change election dates

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REGINA - Saskatchewan is moving to change some upcoming election dates to ensure provincial and municipal campaigns don't conflict.

The government has introduced legislation to push its next provincial election up by a week to Oct. 26, 2020.

Municipal and school board elections are to take place two weeks later on Nov. 9.

The existing law has the provincial election occurring five days after municipal elections.

Premier Scott Moe says rural and urban municipalities indicated they wanted to keep a fall 2020 election.

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities says a date change wasn't preferred but it will allow farmers to complete harvest.

Moe says the date switch best fits the legislative calendar.

"You're able to go in as a fresh government, whoever that may be, and deliver a throne speech invigorated by an election," Moe said Wednesday. …

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