Sask. Premier Brad Wall keen to campaign for third term

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he is keen to campaign for another term in office when the next provincial election, expected in April of 2016, takes place.

Next election will be first for NDP under new leadership of Cam Broten

Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall, on the left, from Nov. 8, 2007, the day after his party won the provincial election and, on the right, speaking to reporters in Regina Sept. 9, 2013. (Troy Fleece, Michael Bell/The Canadian Press)

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he is keen to campaign for another term in office when the next provincial election, expected in April of 2016, takes place.

On Tuesday the Saskatchewan Party issued a news release to announce that Wall will be formally nominated as a candidate for the next election. Wall's nomination meeting is set for Mar. 20 in Swift Current.

Wall has also asked all current Saskatchewan Party members of the legislature to indicate whether they plan to run again.

There are currently 49 Sask. Party MLAs and 9 NDP opposition members.

For the 2016 election, voters will encounter new constituency boundaries and three new constituencies, for a total of 61 seats.

Under Saskatchewan's law for a fixed election date, the next vote was scheduled to take place Nov. 2, 2015. However, the law includes a provision to move the election if the campaign period overlaps with a federal election. The federal government, which also has provisions for a fixed election date, is currently expected to hold a vote Oct. 19, 2015.

Because of that overlap, Saskatchewan's election moves to the Monday of the following April, which is April 4, 2016.

When the election rolls around, it will be the first campaign for the Saskatchewan NDP leader under the leadership of Cam Broten. Broten has been leader since March of 2013 and an MLA since 2007.

With files from The Canadian Press

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