Saskatchewan

What's next for election campaign? U of R prof. ponders possibilities

University of Regina professor Tom McIntosh is looking forward to the next phase of the federal election campaign to see if the leaders make changes.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. (Jonathan Hayward/Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

University of Regina professor Tom McIntosh is looking forward to the next phase of the federal election campaign to see if the leaders make changes.

The campaign has been underway since the beginning of August. Voting day is Oct. 19.

At this point, McIntosh says, the party leaders have to make some choices.

"There's these two things: There's going to be the pressure to do something bold, to break out," McIntosh said Wednesday. "But also, you've got to be careful and marshal and hold on to what you have. 'Cause you could lose that too."

McIntosh added there are several ridings in Saskatchewan that could change hands after the vote: Regina-Lewvan and Saskatoon-University as well as the northern riding of Desnethé–Missinippi–Churchill River (all currently held by the Conservatives),

Before the election was called, Saskatchewan's MPs included 13 Conservatives and one Liberal.

Liberal Ralph Goodale is seeking another term. Several Conservative MPs are not, including Ray Boughen (Palliser), Ed Komarnicki (Souris-Moose Mountain). Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton-Melville) and Maurice Vellacott (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin) who had all previously announced they wouldn't be running again. Lynne Yellich had wanted to run again, but lost her nomination race.

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