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Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saskatchewan (recap)

Strategic voting Saskatchewan

To recap our earlier posts, and to add a few more ridings, strategic voters in Saskatchewan are best advised to vote NDP in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River vote NDP in Regina-Lewan: vote NDP in Saskatoon-University vote Liberal in Regina Wascana vote NDP in Saskatoon-Grasswood

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Saskatoon-University: Vote NDP

The riding of Saskatoon-University is turning out to be another race where strategic voting could make a difference. Strategic voting in Saskatoon-University Like many ridings in Saskatchewan, the riding has had its boundaries redrawn. If the results of the 2011 election are recast in the new boundaries (as has done by the vote would have been: Con (49%) / Lib (10%) / NDP (38%) / Green (3%) Two recent polls have surveyed voting intentions (link): In August: Con (34%) / Lib (22%) / NDP (41%) / Green (4%) In Sept: Con (37%) / Lib (22%) / NDP (37%) / Green (4/4%)

The September polls suggest the race is quite close and strategic (Read more…)

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting Regina–Lewvan: vote NDP

Strategic voting could be important in Saskatchewan in the current federal election.  I have already pointed out that tactical voters in Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River should vote NDP. Strategic voting Regina–Lewvan

The same advice holds for the riding of Regina-Lewvan: vote NDP.  The boundaries have been changed since the last election. Electionprediction, which currently lists the riding as too-close-to-call, redistributed the votes from 2011 into the new riding and found they would be Con (44%) / Lib (8%) / NDP (45%) / Green (3%).  A recent conducted poll of the riding, however, placed the Conservative support at 40%, the Liberals at 21% and the NDP (Read more…)

Bouquets of Gray: Strategic voting in Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River: Vote NDP

In earlier posts, I considered how tactical voters should vote in Winnipeg, with the following recommendations: Elmwood-Transcona: vote NDP Winnipeg South-Centre: vote Liberal Kildonan-St. Paul: vote NDP Saint Boniface-Saint Vital: vote Liberal Winnipeg South: vote Liberal Strategic voting in Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill

Moving west to Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River in Saskatchewan, the strategic decision is clearer.  

redistributing  the 2011 vote into the new riding boundaries would give the breakdown as:  Con (47%) / Lib (5%) / NDP (46%) / Green (2%) gives the NDP a 56% chance of carrying the riding the NDP have the best chance to take this riding away from the Conservatives

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Another Conservative “cover-up”

It’s bad enough that there’s no sight of Conservative candidates campaigning to public crowds in Regina, but Conservative-friendly orgs are also trying to cover-up their interview contents.

Sloppiest. Cover-up. Ever. Conservative Michael Kram's LITERALLY covered-up interview with 'pro-life' paper. #elxn42

— ʇɹǝqoɹ Jago (@rjjago) October 5, 2015

This particular Con candidate is running in Wascana, against Goodale, among others. I once saw a sandwich board say he was door-knocking in Parkridge, and another time his campaign flyer came to the door. That’s the extent of interaction I’ve had with this man who passionately wants to end a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Knox Met Candidates Forum in Regina, Sept. 29, 2015 #elxn42

Here’s a portion in High Definition: And another segment (it’s also included in the long video at the top, so if you’ve seen that, there’s probably nothing new in this clip either.)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil and Gas Still Not Four Letter Words?

Brad Wall, speaking directly to oil and gas men, remarked that he thinks Ottawa needs a “champion” of non-renewable energy. There’s been more than enough support for that industry in the past decades.

This is a good sector, that oil and gas are not four letter words. That they create untold quality of life and wealth for all Canadians. Let’s make that case.

“At one point, a list of dozens of items made from derivatives of petrochemicals were highlighted on a projector screen[…]

“The smartphones they use perhaps to send you angry Tweets about your industry or send you texts,” (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harvest Time

Had to pick the tomatoes, frost is coming tonight to Regina. Got a single, awesome butter-nut squash, and some baby squashes.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

- Howard Elliott writes about the need for senior levels of government to help address the housing needs facing Canadian communities. And the report from Saskatchewan’s advisory group on poverty reduction includes housing among its key priorities as well (while also favouring work on a basic income).

- Meanwhile, Armine Yalnizyan reminds us that the Cons’ destruction of the census is making it far more difficult to identify and address social problems.

- Justin Ling documents the latest example of Stephen Harper’s utter contempt for the concept of accountability, as national media outlets (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What Are Market Predictions?

“Mon, Aug 17, 2015 – 8:15 AM Bill Baruch, chief market strategist, iiTrader joins BNN to discuss why he’s watching crude oil to move sharply higher today.” “oil will rally today” is the BNN video title, but I didn’t hear the trader say that, but he did say a rally by midweek. In the video he notes $35 oil is realistic in the near term (which was actually a better prediction), and it will be unlikely to rebound to $60 if production levels stay similar to now.

How far are we from $30 oil? @iiTRADERbill @BNN #crudeoil

(Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Political Advice From Conservatives

“If media insist on covering #DuffyTrial, then cover other political party scams as well. Stop protecting #NDP & #LPC” – Gail Dyer

@GailDyer10 someone who voted for Canada's most recently jailed MP is dispensing political advice on Twitter? Oh goody! #DelMastro

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) August 23, 2015

“Basically Premier Brad Well has rightfully told Cdn. Media less talk about #DuffyTrial & more focus on our Cdn. Economy. #WellSaid.” – Bill Brasky

With oil prices collapsing, lowest interest since 1986 in bidding at federal auction: Gulf of Mexico drilling leases

— Keith Bradsher (@KeithBradsher) August 20, 2015

(Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil Is Not A Four Letter Word

Coal is a four letter word, however.

Perhaps Wall is a bit touchy about fossil fuels because Saskatchewan produces more greenhouse gases per person than any other Canadian province [link added], and is one of only three provinces whose emissions have risen since 1990. The province contains only 1 per cent of the country’s population, but produces a disproportionate 10 per cent of national emissions.

Saskatchewan recorded the highest deposit-paid bottle return rate in Canada (82 per cent) and largest wildfire detection camera system in North America, said the ministry.

Yet we had the worst wildfire season, perhaps (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Con Oil Pimp Brad Wall Declares War on Central Canada

Oh great. Just what this broken bleeding country needs. Another Con oil pimp like Brad Wall, the Premier of Saskatchewan.Sweeping out of the West to declare war on Central Canada. Read more »

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Protesting Censorship in Sask will get you Censored

A Swift Current person censored a dancer criticizing the Saskatchewan Government. The Premier’s home is Swift Current. A recording is available and is not really work safe.

Rosie Bitts Interrupted at Chautauqua via Soundcloud

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Smoke ‘Em If You’ve Got Trees

We’ve only hand planted trees (and their heirs), but we also have smoke.

If "forest fires" or "smoke" isn't trending in #YQR right now, what the heck are people looking at? It's like NYC smoggy when smoke blows in

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 29, 2015

In just the last couple of hours, Regina has been enveloped in forest fire smoke from up north.

— Edward Willett (@ewillett) June 29, 2015

@GlobalRegina we're visiting friends near Wakaw and woke up to the smoke and orange light like this

— Feel The Fire Pages (@feelthefirepgs) (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pelly Museum Fire

I was last in Pelly in 2007 and never got into the museum there.

<a href=”; title=”Pelly Museum and caboose panorama 2007 by saskboy, on Flickr”><img src=”; width=”800″ height=”295″ alt=”Pelly Museum and caboose panorama 2007″></a>

Today it lost that museum to a fire.

I also was outside it in 2006.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saving Canada $90,000,000/year not worth Wall’s “effort”

“The Senate is never going to run properly and it’s never going to be worth the money we put into it. So it should be scrapped.”

.@PremierBradWall Couldn't SK start the constitutional amendment process by proposing and adopting an amendment to abolish the Senate?

— Mike Burton (@Mikefromregina) June 9, 2015

Wall continues… “I’m not going to actively campaign for the Senate to be abolished.”

“even in light of this latest mess, then it’s not really worth the effort to try to change [the provinces’ {opposed to abolition}] minds.”

I don’t think Premier Wall is the (Read more…)

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: Canada Needa a Real National Autism Strategy: Exhibit #1 Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is Exhibit #1 In the Case for a REAL National Autism Strategy

Canada has long needed a REAL National Autism Strategy, one which includes coverage of autism in medicare to ensure that children with autism disorders received treatment for their autism disorders regardelss of which province their  parents live in. One of the most glaring examples of the need for national autism medical coverage is in the province I once called Canada’s Autism Wasteland  province.   Since that commentary on September 2, 2007  little progress appears to have been made judging by the Global story by Amber Rockliffe: Saskatchewan families (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Apparently they’ll let anybody blather away on the intertoobz

Here, for instance, is me chatting with Paul Dechene.

(And to correct myself, the impending provincial election is the second under fixed election dates – though the first where it’s lining up with an associated federal election.)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: CVAF Can Visualize Angry Flames

It was the Cathedral Village Arts Festival today, a crowded street fair down 13th Avenue in Regina. It was hot, and it didn’t rain (like it does many years). I saw tons of people I knew, and many stopped by to talk at the Regina Car Share Co-op booth where I was volunteering. One of the police officers who gave me CPR walked by, so I obviously introduced him to the person I was talking to, and they shook his hand and thanked him for his service.

Slightly related to the sunny day… my solar panels have had near perfect (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Isn’t Going To Work #skpoli

.@laurengolosky Why isn't the Environment Minister up to speed on #climatechange? It's basic knowledge for Environment portfolio. #skpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) May 21, 2015

It’s 2015, and the entire effing cabinet should understand perfectly that climate change is a serious economic and environmental problem that’s overdue to be tackled.

New SK environment minister Herb Cox takes his oath of office. #skpoli

— Karen Briere (@kjbriere) May 21, 2015

I honestly didn’t know who the Environment Minister was before this shuffle, and from Cox’s early comment it sounds like I needn’t bother still.

Yay, MLA Herb (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ontario Made $226.00 on Diamond Royalty

And I thought Saskatchewan/Alberta’s oil royalties were too low. I wonder how much we make on salt, compared to Ontario.

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Beginning April 11, communities along TransCanada’s proposed Energy East route in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will hear why the pipeline is all risk and little reward for them.

The post Energy East pipeline: Maude Barlow raises alarm in Saskatchewan and Manitoba appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Install

I’ve been installing solar panels (or more accurately watching them being installed) this week. Photos and details to come soon.

.@SaskWind I just added 2.1KW of #solar to garage roof. On grid this month. #powertogrow

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) April 9, 2015

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskParty Avoids Clean Energy Boom

Saskatchewan leadership leaves a lot to be desired. Many people here are excited about how “strong” Saskatchewan is, thanks to SaskParty propaganda. We’ve also the strongest carbon air pollution per capita in the world, but few tend to talk about that here. Times are good, they’re good for me, and most of my friends (the ones who’ve not recently lost their jobs, that is). So why don’t I just shut up and enjoy myself? Maybe I do enjoy myself, maybe so much that I have an iota of time and money left over to care about how others are doing (Read more…)