So, with the election a few weeks ago, which ridings should I be watching for on election nights as ones that might switch hands? Most of the polls suggest another minority, so I wouldn’t think there will be much movement. A few ridings may be significant.
Of the Saskatchewan ridings, I think the one that will be closest will be the northern riding of Desnethé - Missinippi - Churchill River. It’s currently held by the Conservatives, but it’s flipped around quite a bit in the last elections.
Another one that will be interesting to watch is Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre. The incumbent, Tom Lukiwski (Conservative) won it narrowly in 2004, comfortably in 2006 - but he was in the news last spring over the “gays carry diseases under their fingernails” video, so will be interesting to see if that has any effect on the voting this time.
And then there’s Palliser, which stretches from Regina to Moose Jaw. The Conservative incumbent isn’t running because of health issues, so it’s wide open, and the three main parties are all running strong candidates: two former mayors of Moose Jaw (one standing for the Conservatives, one for the NDP) and a former Regina Police chief for the Liberals. The riding has moved back and forth among the parties over the past few elections, usually with a close margin.
So, which ones are you watching in your area? (CBC has profiles of all the ridings, if that helps you: CBC - Canada Votes 2008 - Ridings and Candidates).