Saskatchewan's Premier is asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to consider changing the 2015 federal election date, because it conflicts with a number of provincial elections that year, including Saskatchewan's.
Both Saskatchewan and Canada follow a fixed election-date system, where voters must head to the polls on a specific day four years after the previous election.
Elections that may conflict with the next federal election
Prince Edward Island (Oct. 5, 2015)
Northwest Territories (Oct. 5, 2015)
Manitoba (Oct. 6, 2015)
Ontario (Oct. 8, 2015)
Newfoundland and Labrador (Oct. 13, 2015)
Saskatchewan (Nov. 2, 2015)
In Saskatchewan, that day is the first Monday of November. The province re-elected Brad Wall's Saskatchewan Party government with a large majority on Nov. 7 of this year, which means its next election is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2015.
However, federal legislation calls for national elections to happen the third week in October, four years after the previous election. Because Harper's Conservative government was elected with a majority on May 2, 2011, that sets the next federal election for Oct. 19, 2015.
Four other provinces and the Northwest Territories are in a similar situation as Saskatchewan, with their elections set for October 2015.
Wall doesn't want two campaigns happening in Saskatchewan at the same time, so he is asking Harper to reschedule the federal election for earlier in the year.
There is nothing in Saskatchewan or federal legislation preventing the government from calling the election prior to the fixed date.
Wall says he will reschedule Saskatchewan's election to April of 2015 or 2016 if Harper says no, but he says it would be easier for the federal government to change its date than for a number of provinces to do so.