Dwayne Lasas to run for the NDP in Meadow Lake

Dwayne Lasas, Vice Chief of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council, has been chosen by New Democrats in Meadow Lake to represent them in the next election.

Lasas is an addictions counselor and a popular musician who plays throughout western Canada in addition to his role with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council.

“Dwayne is going to be a fantastic MLA, and I’m so excited to welcome him to our candidate team,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who was in Meadow Lake Thursday for the nomination.

“Meadow Lake families are just not seeing the Sask. Party act on what really matters. Whether it’s the condition of roads and highways, access to health care, or the cost of utility bills that keep rising and putting pressure on families, the province’s prosperity isn’t being used to make life better. I want to cut the Sask. Party waste – like the ongoing John Black Lean program, bloated health management and too much spending on consultants – because it’s time for a government whose actions match with people’s priorities.”

Lasas has worked as an addictions counselor and in the detox unit for the Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc., and at the Waterhen First Nation, where he also served on the council from 2005 to 2010. He serves as the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s expert on sustainable forestry, and sits as the Saskatchewan representative at the National Aboriginal Forestry Association.

“Cam Broten has built the NDP into a welcoming, growing movement that is focused on the issues that really matter to us all – like delivering great education in a well-resourced school, no matter where the students live. He understands that having better highways and better access to post-secondary education and training isn’t just the right thing to do, but it also delivers great economic returns.

“He believes that Saskatchewan’s success can’t be measured only in statistics – it has to be measured by whether everyone – no matter where they live – can reach their full potential and succeed in our province.”

Lasas frequently appeared in small roles on CBC’s drama series North of 60, and is currently a board member for the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre.