Nathaniel Cole selected as candidate in Cannington

Federal government employee Nathaniel Cole has been selected by New Democrats in the Cannington constituency to be their candidate in the next provincial election.

Cole was chosen at a nomination meeting in Arcola Wednesday evening.

“I’m happy to welcome Nathaniel to the team because his drive to make life better for middle class families is strong,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “The Sask. Party is spending record amounts and driving up debt. With so many highways in terrible shape, hospitals crumbling and understaffing causing a seniors care crisis, I’m hearing more and more people ask where all the money has gone.

“The Sask. Party has spent Saskatchewan into deficit and debt and even drained the rainy day fund in order to keep spending on pet projects like the ongoing John Black Lean program, the $200 million smart meter program and a 228 per cent increase in spending on private consultants, now more than $120 million per year. It’s time to stop that waste, and start focusing on what really matters to families.”

Cole, who is known as J.D. in his home town, was raised on a grain farm south of Gainsborough. He attended Carnduff High School and graduated from the University of Regina.

Before working for the federal government, Cole worked for Saskatchewan’s provincial parks, including in the Moose Mountains as the head of interpretation at Cannington Manor Provincial Park.

As a volunteer, Cole has served as a board director of the Regina Public Interest Research Group and volunteered his time with the Queen City Hub and the Regina Folk Festival. 

“Cam Broten’s leadership is about building a strong economy that really benefits families,” said Cole. “The southeast corner is ready for leadership that focuses on repairing and improving health care, seniors care and our children’s schools. I’m really proud to be a part of Cam’s team because he understands the challenges producers and the agricultural industry are working with this year, and the cost of living pressures families are dealing with, unlike the Sask. Party’s head-in-the-sand approach.” 

In his spare time, Cole enjoys Saskatchewan’s beautiful outdoors; spending time at the family cabin, and working towards running his first half marathon.