The leader of Saskatchewan’s pro-independence Buffalo Party says he’s extremely happy with last night’s provincial election results, even though no candidates clinched a seat.
The party ran candidates in 17 of 61 constituencies and got nearly three per cent of the popular vote.
In four rural ridings, the Buffalo Party had a better showing than the Opposition NDP.
In July, the Buffalo Party changed its name from Wexit Saskatchewan — an apparent play on the U.K. Brexit movement — and chose municipal reeve Wade Sira as leader.
Sira says his party accomplished more in three months than anyone gave it credit for and that it plans to run a full slate of candidates in the 2024 election.
Moe acknowledged in his victory speech that some people voted for the Buffalo Party to express their frustration with Ottawa.
“And to those voters I want to say: I hear you. And I want to say this government hears you,” Moe said.
“We share your frustrations and we share many of your objectives. We are not happy with the federal government either.”
Sira said his party wants a Quebec-like relationship with the federal government that would have Saskatchewan take control of immigration, policing, pensions and firearms. Many platform ideas echo proposals the Alberta United Conservative government has been examining to get what it calls a “fair deal” from Confederation.
“As Buffalo, we see ourselves not as separatists. We see ourselves as sovereigntists,” Sira said in an interview Tuesday as he drove around his Martensville-Warman constituency collecting campaign signs.
“We need to be treated equal in Canada and not like a colony.”
Sira came in a distant third in his riding north of Saskatoon with 536 votes.
By Lauren Krugel in Calgary
This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 27, 2020.
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