Clay Debray chosen as NDP candidate for Batoche

Educator, coach and accomplished athlete Clay Debray will be the NDP candidate in the Batoche constituency in the next provincial election. Debray was chosen at a nomination meeting on Friday evening in Duck Lake.

“I’m proud to have Clay on our team because I know that he will be a strong voice and effective advocate for what matters most to the families in the Batoche constituency,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten.

“The Sask. Party government has had record revenues over the last eight years and they have spent last penny, drained the savings account and racked up debt. But families in Wakaw, Kinistino and Duck Lake haven’t seen the benefits of all that spending – because far too much of it has been wasted on misplaced priorities. Clay will focus on what matters and he’ll deliver for families and communities in this area.”

Debray said he’s hearing increasing frustration from families in the Batoche constituency, who are tired of seeing their schools, health care facilities and roads neglected by the Sask. Party government.

“Saskatchewan cannot afford another four years of a government that racks up debt and wastes money on misplaced priorities while neglecting what matters, and the Batoche constituency cannot afford another four years without a strong and effective MLA,” said Debray. “I’m on Cam Broten’s team because I share his commitment to deliver opportunities for young people, affordability for families, dignity for seniors, and good health care and public services for everyone.”

Originally from Duck Lake, Debray taught on the One Arrow and Poundmaker First Nations. He has been heavily involved in the development of sport for Aboriginal people and communities, including serving as co-chair for the Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games, coordinator for the North American Indigenous Games, and as a Métis Community Sport Consultant with Sask Sport. His extensive coaching experience includes coaching the Beardy’s Blackhawks AAA Midget, AA Midget, and AA Bantam hockey teams.

Debray has played at the national and international levels in both hockey and softball, including serving as team captain of the Adelaide Avalanche in the Australian Ice Hockey League and as a member of the national softball team’s pre-selection roster for the 1997 World Championships.