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Saskatchewan Party wins third term, Broten loses seat

The most popular premier in Canada is back for a third term. The Saskatchewan Party and its leader, Brad Wall, will form its third-straight government after voters gave them a clear mandate to protect the economy and create jobs in the province

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‘Thank you for your support’: Brad Wall thanks voters on being re-elected, talks NDP leader
‘Thank you for your support’: Brad Wall thanks voters on being re-elected, talks NDP leader

For the second straight election, the leader of the NDP lost his seat. Cam Broten, running his first campaign as the leader of the party, lost his bid for re-election in the riding of Saskatoon Westview.

In 2011, former NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter lost in the riding of Regina Douglas Park.

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Cam Broten: This isn’t quite the night we were hoping for
Cam Broten: This isn’t quite the night we were hoping for

Wall was first elected premier in 2007. In 2011, the Saskatchewan Party was elected with 49 out of 58 seats, the third largest majority in the province’s history, and 64 per cent of the popular vote.

Voting results showed the Saskatchewan Party leading or elected in a comfortable majority of the legislature’s 61 seats against the New Democrats and their leader Cam Broten.

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Recapping Saskatchewan election night
Recapping Saskatchewan election night

The Saskatchewan Party was also taking about two-thirds of the popular vote.

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Most of Wall’s cabinet were elected or were leading, including deputy premier Don McMorris, Economy and Energy Minister Bill Boyd, Health Minister Dustin Duncan, Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Education Minister Don Morgan.

“I want to, at the outset, thank the people of the province of Saskatchewan who in great numbers went to the polling stations in their neighbourhoods, and in their rural communities and in Northern Saskatchewan and they exercised their democratic right,” Wall told a crowd of supporters.

“They have cast their ballot and for a majority they have reposed their trust in us again. We will not take a day for granted; we will work every day to earn that support.”

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Former prime minister Stephen Harper congratulated Wall on Twitter, saying he hopes to catch a football game with his friend this season.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose relationship with Wall is a little rockier, also congratulated the premier on his win.

Trudeau says he looks forward to a “continued, productive working relationship.”

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What does a Saskatchewan Party majority mean?
What does a Saskatchewan Party majority mean?

The 27-day campaign featured few spending promises and pared down party platforms.

LIVE BLOG: Live coverage of the 2016 Saskatchewan election

Should he serve his entire term, as he said he would, Wall will become the second longest serving premier in Saskatchewan’s history, second only to Tommy Douglas.

The election also marked a first for the Saskatchewan Party. For the first time since the party was formed as a coalition in 1997 between four Progressive Conservatives and four Liberals, none of the founding Liberals ran in this election.

FULL COVERAGE: Decision Saskatchewan 2016

The Saskatchewan Party still has a long way to go before reaching some of the other political dynasties in the province.

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The Liberals won the first nine elections from 1905 to 1938.

The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the predecessor to the NDP, won five terms from 1944 to 1960, and the NDP won four terms from 1991 to 2003.

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With files from The Canadian Press