UPDATE 1-Canadian province Saskatchewan re-elects right-leaning government

Tue Apr 5, 2016 12:41am EDT
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* Brad Wall leads Sask Party to 3rd straight victory

* Set to form majority govt -Elections Sask figures

* Province is major producer of potash (Adds detail, analyst comment, background)

By Rod Nickel

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 4 (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Saskatchewan, stung by collapsing prices of key products potash and crude oil, re-elected its right-leaning Saskatchewan Party government on Monday.

Brad Wall, the province's charismatic leader since 2007, led his party to its third straight victory, a result that was expected but a first for a Saskatchewan conservative party.

The Sask Party was set to form a majority government in the western Canadian province, after it was elected or leading in 50 of 61 ridings late on Monday, with more polls still to be counted, according to official Elections Sask figures.

Saskatchewan New Democrats (NDP), led by Cam Broten, won or were leading in 11. In 2011, the Sask Party won 49 of 58 ridings, or electoral districts.

"Saskatchewan has done quite well, it feels alive, and has become a province that Canada and other parts of the world are paying attention to," said Joe Garcea, professor of political studies at the University of Saskatchewan, in an interview before the results.   Continued...