Sask. fall session begins Oct. 26
Saskatchewan's politicians are heading back to the legislature in three weeks in what could be a rhetoric-packed prelude to a 2007 provincial election.
The fall session begins Oct. 26 with a throne speech, possibly the last before the expected election call next year.
Looking forward to the session, Premier Lorne Calvert had some barbs for the Saskatchewan Party.
"This session in my view should end the process of the Opposition simply coming to complain, simply coming to whine," Calvert said. "It should be a session where Opposition lays on the table policy alternatives."
However, Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall said that's exactly what his party has been doing for years.
"If the premier hasn't been paying attention, I guess that's his problem," Wall said.
Both Wall and Calvert say they want to talk about the economy, health care and education.
They also want to talk about how best to keep young people inSaskatchewan inresponse torelentless outmigration from the province.
Calvert hasn't said when he'll call an election, but somepolitical observersexpect the call will come some time after the spring budget.
Meanwhile, though the numbers in the legislature are tightthe Opposition doesn't have enough members to topple the NDP government.
When the legislature reconvenes Oct. 26, there will be 30 seats for the NDP, 27 for the Saskatchewan Party and one vacancy due to the recent death of Saskatchewan Party MLA Ben Heppner.