Saskatchewan Provincial Election - Sector Platform Summary

The fine folks of Saskatchewan go the the polls on Monday April 4th, 2016, to decide their provincial government. Judging by recent polls, it looks like the incumbent Premier Brad Wall and the Saskatchewan Party are poised to retain government, and the Saskatchewan New Democrats are the main challengers.

Given the amount of great professional and amateur athletes from this province (Gordie Howe, Glen Hall, Haley Wichenheiser, Wendell Clark, Johnny Bower, Catriona Le May Doan, Kaylyn Kyle, the Getzlaf brothers and Jeremy Wotherspoon to name only a few) and the amount of excellent sector leaders and organizations this province has, we felt compelled to do a quick scan of the party platforms and how sport/recreation and Physical Activity was highlighted.

Please Note: We wish to state the Saskatchewan already has a number of excellent sector programs that were not included in election platforms, including but not limited to:

We provide a sport related breakdown of the two major party platforms below. A summary of all party platforms is provided by the Regina Leader Post.


Saskatchewan Party Platform - PDF

Summary: The incumbent party's platform has a heavy focus on emerging health issues for young and old, education incentives and mitigating the current fiscal deficit brought on by current natural resource commodity prices.

  • There was no mention of increased or decreased funding for sport, physical activity, healthy living or recreation in the platform document
  • Economic benefits for sport hosting was clearly stated in the platform, highlighting recent success from hosting major sports ($11 M invested since 2008 on 13 events, with an economic impact of $320 million from those events)

Saskatchewan New Democrats Platform - PDF

Summary: The incumbent party's platform has a heavy focus on first nations, mental health programs, senior care, clean energy and industry regulation.

  • There was no mention of increased or decreased funding for sport, physical activity, healthy living initiatives or recreation in the platform document
  • Plans for infrastructure are highlight, but does not specifically guarantee funds for sport or recreation
  • Economic benefits for sport hosting or additional supports were not highlighted