Saskatchewan residents between the ages of 18-24 are paying close attention this election season, with polls showing that the strongest political influence on new voters is the sex appeal and popularity of the Party leaders.
*Farrah Lakeland, 18 stated, "Did you see the Premier cruising around in his Chevy and Levi 501's? That's sexy AND cool. If I had to choose between Brad Wall and Cam Broten... it would be B-Rad allllll the way. I'm voting Sask Party."
Red-headed *Ethan Phelps, 21 says he has been closely following the Saskatchewan Party and NDP platforms, and says he has made his decision. He reported, "I saw a pic of Broten's wife on Facebook and I was all, giirrrl come get summa this ginger beef!". He goes on to say , "I absolutely respect how mad hot she is. I'm voting NDP."
Local politicians are picking up on the importance of connecting with new voters, and have turned to social media to touch base with the area's younger constituents. Thursday afternoon while flying to Kelowna to grab a quick bite to eat, one particular MLA tweeted "OMG whatev Dearborn #rude #h8r #GTH4ever", and later that evening, "wifi is spotty on da @SaskParty jet, I'm like FML".
An independent rival MLA insisted on submitting a statement for the story, even though he was not asked for a comment. He stated, "I don't know where I am right now, or what I'm running for. But if anyone tries to look into my personal history, I'll block you on Facebook. This is NOT an empty threat."
Reactions to the virtual popularity attempts of the area MLA candidates have been varied. Nineteen year old *Cassie Brown says, "These old dudes trying to be cool is more embarrassing than that time my dad wore a headlamp at my dance recital." `
One thing is for sure though, the young voters of Saskatchewan have stood up and taken notice that it may be time for change. *Ryan Samson, 20 says he has a lot of friends in Alberta that have been able to kick back, relax, and live off of stretched lines of credit since the NDP was elected to a majority government in May of 2015. Samson stated, "I'm so sick and tired of steadily working. My Alberta friends don't have to worry about any of that B.S. anymore, so why should I? NDP all the way."
*Names have been changed to protect identities.