As I've spoken to Saskatchewan residents I've heard a few, mostly Saskparty members, claim the true conservative alternative will split the vote of the blue liberal Saskparty and cause the NDP to win.
While there is some understanding to why the Saskatchewan Party may be scared of added competition, vote splitting is obviously not high on its radar. The most obvious point is our Party is not a liberal Party so the concept that somehow we would split the vote of a liberal party is laughable. Lets also not forget this government has been in power for 12 years and it has not once raised the issue of electoral reform to counter this scourge of vote splitting.
The last point Id like to make is vote splitting is always identified after an election as a means for the losing party to deflect blame. Its of great importance to political nerds like myself but the vast majority of voters vote according to the platform impact on their families. That's how democracy is meant to work. The Saskparty shaming its members to stay true is an odd way to treat supporters.
The reality is the NDP isn't even a factor in over half the seats in Saskatchewan. Clearly though this government has become so arrogant that it feels it can take its owns supporters for granted. Had there been a fiscally conservative opposition in the legislature scams like the GTH/bypass fiasco could have been dealt with more effectively. In short this government needs a reality check and the only way to do it is to elect PC MLAs.