Scanning through the Saskatchewan provincial election results, there may be a political movement ascending to push back against the status quo.
The Saskatchewan Party was re-elected to its fourth mandate on October 26. The re-election was as certain as an election gets. The Saskatchewan Party constantly out polled the opposition New Democrat Party (NDP) by double digits since their first electoral success in 2007.
The election was an overwhelming vote for stability. The Saskatchewan Party won a healthy majority of 48 seats to the NDP’s thirteen.
In the mix of also-rans, the Buffalo Party made its first foray into Saskatchewan politics by fielding a slate of 17 candidates.
Prior to the general election the Saskatchewan Wexit Party, a separatist party, changed its leader and name to become the Buffalo Party.
When the dust settled, the Buffalo Party ended up coming in second in four of the constituencies that it contested. This came as a surprise to political observers. It was shocking to some to see an upstart party with almost no resources pulling in 11,298 votes across the province.
It was not a surprise for those who supported the Buffalo Party. The constituencies where they received the most support are constituencies that rely on the oil and gas sector for their livelihood.
These communities are beyond frustrated with anti-oil federal government policy. Many Buffalo Party supporters feel betrayed by their own provincial government for not doing enough to save the sector and stand up to Ottawa.
The Buffalo Party may go the way of most protest parties by the time the next provincial election rolls around. However, the Saskatchewan Party should take the protest vote seriously and begin to find a way to bring those voters back into their fold before it is too late.
Image Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/BuffaloPartySK
Martin Charlton Communications