March 19, 2020 •

Saskatchewan Lawmakers Recess Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan was adjourned at the end of its sitting on March 18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. A motion by Government House Leader Jeremy Harrison to recess the session, which was agreed to by all the […]

The Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan was adjourned at the end of its sitting on March 18 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A motion by Government House Leader Jeremy Harrison to recess the session, which was agreed to by all the lawmakers, leaves open the return date.

Specifically, the legislature will be recalled by the speaker upon the request of the government, which will determine the appropriate date for members to resume their session.

When the Assembly reconvenes, the rules of the parliamentary calendar will still apply and the completion day for the Fourth Session of the Twenty-Eighth Legislature will be set.

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March 11, 2019 •

Saskatchewan Bill: Eliminate 100-Hour In-House Lobbyist Registration Threshold

On March 7, a bill to amend Saskatchewan’s lobbying law was introduced in the Legislative Assembly. Bill No. 615, An Act to amend The Lobbyist Act, would remove the current 100-hour annual threshold required to trigger registration for in-house lobbyists. […]

On March 7, a bill to amend Saskatchewan’s lobbying law was introduced in the Legislative Assembly.

Bill No. 615, An Act to amend The Lobbyist Act, would remove the current 100-hour annual threshold required to trigger registration for in-house lobbyists.

Additionally, the bill would eliminate the registration exemption for non-profits, except for those non-profit entities with no more than five employees.

The bill also prohibits Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) from accepting gifts, unless a gift is accepted in accordance with The Members’ Conflict of Interest Act. The gift prohibition in the bill extends to an MLA’s staff, members of the Executive Council and their staff, employees of the ministry, individuals in certain appointed positions, and employees, officers, directors, and members of governmental institutions.

If the legislation passes, the amendments would come into force on Assent.

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August 28, 2017 •

Saskatchewan MLA Boyd, in Violation of Conflict of Interest Act, Resigns from Party Caucus Five Days Before Scheduled to Resign from Legislative Assembly

On August 28, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Bill Boyd resigned from the Saskatchewan Party Caucus, even though Boyd previously announced his resignation from the Legislative Assembly will be on Friday, September 1. Boyd resigned at the request of […]

On August 28, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Bill Boyd resigned from the Saskatchewan Party Caucus, even though Boyd previously announced his resignation from the Legislative Assembly will be on Friday, September 1.

Boyd resigned at the request of Premier Brad Wall, whose request was based on the Conflict of Interest Commissioner’s finding Boyd violated the Conflict of Interest Act when Boyd inaccurately represented himself and the Government of Saskatchewan while on business in China.

MLA Boyd, who represents the Kindersley electoral district, was last elected in 2016 and had already announced earlier this month he was retiring on September 1, giving the reason that allowing a new MLA could be part of the Saskatchewan Party’s renewal.

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August 15, 2017 •

Saskatchewan September Special Election to Fill Vacant MLA Seat

On August 11, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall called a special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jennifer Campeau. MLA Campeau resigned in June from the Legislative Assembly to work for […]

On August 11, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall called a special election to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Jennifer Campeau.

MLA Campeau resigned in June from the Legislative Assembly to work for Rio Tinto, a mining company in British Columbia.

The riding of Saskatoon Fairview will be held on September 7.

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August 14, 2017 •

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall to Leave Politics

In a video posted on YouTube, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced he is retiring from politics. Wall will be leaving his office once the conservative Saskatchewan party, which controls the Legislative Assembly, selects a new leader. In the video, posted […]

In a video posted on YouTube, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced he is retiring from politics.

Wall will be leaving his office once the conservative Saskatchewan party, which controls the Legislative Assembly, selects a new leader.

In the video, posted on August 10 and entitled “Thank you, Saskatchewan,” Wall said, “Saskatchewan needs renewal: a fresh perspective in leadership.”

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August 23, 2016 •

Lobbyist Registration Required in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s Lobbyist Act is officially effective today. Under the Act, people who are paid to lobby elected Saskatchewan government members and civil servants must register their activities. Lobbyists have 30 days to register with the new online database which launched […]

Flag_of_SaskatchewanSaskatchewan’s Lobbyist Act is officially effective today. Under the Act, people who are paid to lobby elected Saskatchewan government members and civil servants must register their activities.

Lobbyists have 30 days to register with the new online database which launched today at https://www.sasklobbyistregistry.ca.

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October 17, 2014 •

Saskatchewan By-Election Scheduled for Nov. 13

A by-election is scheduled in Saskatchewan for November 13, 2014, to elect a member of the Legislative Assembly from the Lloydminster riding. The polls in Lloydminster will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

Flag_of_SaskatchewanA by-election is scheduled in Saskatchewan for November 13, 2014, to elect a member of the Legislative Assembly from the Lloydminster riding.

The polls in Lloydminster will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.

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April 3, 2014 •

Saskatchewan Passes Lobbyists Act

After more than two years of debate, the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan passed a bill containing a lobbyist registration scheme. Under the new law, lobbyists, as defined therein, must register and file activity reports online. There are several notable provisions […]

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After more than two years of debate, the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan passed a bill containing a lobbyist registration scheme. Under the new law, lobbyists, as defined therein, must register and file activity reports online.

There are several notable provisions excepting some individuals from the registration requirement, including officers, directors, or employees, when acting in their official capacity, of the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association, the Saskatchewan Association of of Rural Municipalities, and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. The bill also contains revolving door restrictions, prohibiting former public officials from lobbying within one year of leaving office.

The act becomes effective upon proclamation by the Lieutenant Governor. Justice Minister Gordon Wyant estimates no such proclamation will be issued for at least nine months, as the province must still develop protocols to administer and enforce the new law.

 

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