The University Library has compiled some useful information about the upcoming federal election and events happening around campus. All Canadian citizens who are 18 years of age or older on Election Day are eligible to vote.
How to vote early
Election Day is Oct. 21, but that is not the only day you can vote. Vote in advance by special ballot on campus Oct. 5-9 in the Roy Romanow Student Council Chamber in Place Riel, or in the Education Students’ Lounge in the Education Building. Anyone can vote here, regardless of where their home riding is located. All you need to do is bring ID.
- Details and hours of on-campus advanced voting
- Information about how special ballot voting works
- Other advanced voting options
How to vote on Election Day
Election Day is Monday, Oct 21, 2019. In Saskatchewan, the polls will be open from 7:30 am to 7:30 pm. The Elections Canada website has all the information you need about voting.
- Check to see if you're registered (or register for the first time!)
- Information for youth and first time voters
- Be aware of the laws that give you time off work to vote on October 21 if necessary (this Fasken article is also very informative)
- Options for the ID you need to show to be able to vote as well as a letter of confirmation of residence if you live on campus
Don't know who to vote for?
When you vote, you’ll be asked to pick one local candidate who you want as the Member of Parliament for your riding. Canada is divided into 338 ridings (also known as electoral districts).
- See a map of Saskatchewan's electoral district boundaries
- You can see your list of local candidates by entering your postal code on the Elections Canada website
Candidates are usually affiliated with political parties. If a certain party wins a majority of the electoral districts (so at least 170 of 338), they get to form a majority government.
There are many registered political parties in Canada, although some are much smaller than others. For a complete list of all registered political parties in Canada, see here. You can also visit the websites of the five larger political parties to get an idea of what their platforms are:
Read some non-partisan articles that compare the main parties’ platforms:
- Elections 2019 platforms: Here’s what the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Greens are promising by the National Post
- Maclean's Magazine's 2019 federal election platform guide
- 2019 Federal Election: Compare the Party Platforms by CBC News
You can also take a quiz to see how your thoughts and opinions align with what the parties have said:
Events on Campus
The USSU is planning several activities over the next few weeks. Their official hashtag is #USaskVotes.
Canadian Trivia Night and Watch the Results Roll in
October 21, 7:00 pm
Trivia near the stage
Results on the screens in the Den
The University Library has lots of information on the Canadian federal government and its elections, especially in our Political Studies and Government Information research guides. A display of books and materials relating to Canadian politics and the current federal election is located on the ground floor of the Murray Library. We encourage you to take advantage of these sources.
The image at the top of this post is a promotional icon published by Elections Canada. This article has not been produced in affiliation with, or with the endorsement of Elections Canada.