Saskatchewan general election, 1999

Saskatchewan General Election, 1999

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The Saskatchewan general election of 1999 was the twenty-fourth provincial election held in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. It was held on September 16, 1999 to elect members of the 24th Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

Polls during the campaign indicated strong levels of support for the New Democratic Party government. However, facing the fallout of a poor crop growing season and a scandal involving SaskPower (Channel Lake), the New Democrat government of Premier Roy Romanow – challenged by the newly created Saskatchewan Party – lost a significant share of the popular vote, winning exactly half of the fifty eight seats in the legislature.

The right-wing Saskatchewan Party was created during the sitting of the 23rd Assembly by former members of the Progressive Conservative Party and by conservative Liberals who were unhappy with the leadership of Jim Melenchuk.

The new party was led by Elwin Hermanson, a former Reform Party federal Member of Parliament. In this election, it won 39.61% of the popular vote – slightly more than the NDP's 38.73% – but only twenty five seats.

The NDP was able to continue to govern with the support of some Liberal Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs).

Some New Democrats who were unhappy with the government of Roy Romanow had left the party to form the New Green Alliance, an environmentalist party. This party won about 1% of the popular...
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