NDP and Sask Party supporters await the arrival of their party leaders before the debate. Photo by Emily Pasiuk.

Backgrounder by Emily Pasiuk

If you’re new to the province and you bring up the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan you might get either a scoff or an understanding smile that seems to say, "You don’t know the half of it." Most people just seem to know the discourse surrounding the PCs is tense and coloured with scandal; it’s as though it were an integral part of being Saskatchewanian.

Some believe that voter participation amongst young adults may increase as the popularity of mobile media grows. Photo by Alex Antoneshyn.

Backgrounder by Alex Antoneshyn

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 34, there’s a 57 per cent chance you’re reading this on your mobile phone. The older you are, the same likelihood decreases, but one fact remains: a growing number of Canadians are reaching to their phones for news.

If the Sask Party is re-elected they've pledged to privatize 40 public liquor stores. Photo by Michael Joel-Hansen.

Analysis by Michael Joel-Hansen

When the Saskatchewan Party government announced that it planned to partially privatize Saskatchewan’s public liquor retail system there should have been very little surprise from a political perspective. The fact that a center-right government would make such a move makes a great deal of sense, in that many of those who support the party view liquor retail as a business that should be left to the private sector.

Saskatchewan Party leader Brad Wall (left) and New Democratic Party leader Cam Broten (right) make small-talk before kicking off the 2016 Leaders’ Debate with the film tax credit on March 23, 2016. Photo by Jessie Anton.

Backgrounder by Jessie Anton

On March 21, 2012, the Saskatchewan Party government discontinued the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, shocking the local film industry and the province’s Chamber of Commerce alike. Although there was no talk of the film tax credit during the 2011 provincial election, the subsidy has resurfaced in 2016 party platforms, being the first topic of discussion at the provincial leaders’ debate on March 23, 2016.

Brad Wall is not afraid to speak against Ottawa for Saskatchewan. Photo by Laura Beamish

Backgrounder by Laura Beamish

In Canada, the federal and provincial governments must work together to function at full capacity and allow citizens to enjoy life, liberty, and security of the person. But these days, Saskatchewan and Ottawa rarely see eye to eye, making it difficult to achieve anything positive.