Trent Wotherspoon, the MLA for Regina Rosemont and deputy leader of the official Opposition, will run again in Regina Rosemont in the next provincial election. Wotherspoon was nominated, uncontested, at a joint nomination meeting on Tuesday.
“Trent is an incredible deputy leader, and an absolutely tireless advocate for the people of Regina Rosemont,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended the nomination. “He’s consistently fighting for all Saskatchewan people, working for students and better education and holding the government to account on critical issues like this government’s smart meter fiasco. And, he never misses an opportunity to stand up for the people of his own constituency. With issues like the heavy-haul traffic problems on Dewdney, you can bet Trent knocked on every door on that stretch of Dewdney to listen to people, and ask them what change they want and need.”
Broten said Wotherspoon is well known by his constituents for being very active in the community – from attending community meetings to supporting cultural groups and participating in events that matter to families throughout his constituency.
“It’s an honour representing the people of Regina Rosemont,” said Wotherspoon. “Whether it’s working with one family to fight for fair treatment from the government; pushing to address the high cost of living for everyday families; or fighting for better health care, schools and highways for everyone, it’s a great privilege to have people’s trust and help them give voice to the issues that really matter to Saskatchewan people.
“It’s an exciting time to be a New Democrat in Saskatchewan,” he added. “Cam Broten and the NDP have a clear vision for building an even better Saskatchewan by focusing on what matters to people, and giving everyone the opportunity to get ahead. The momentum for ideas that are all about people doing well – not only the province doing well – is enthusiastic and growing.”
Wotherspoon was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011. Born and raised in northwest Regina, he earned a Bachelor of Education, business and math, at the University of Regina. As a teacher, he developed and managed a nationally recognized program for youth offenders of highest-risk upon release from custody, successfully reducing recidivism rates. As an educator, he taught in high schools and led the development of a program for students displaying severe violent behaviours, as well as helped lead the creation of a new campus for adult students. Before teaching, Wotherspoon worked with a youth agency supporting at-risk youth, and also has background in business and entrepreneurship. He is a past director with the Regina’s Warehouse Business Improvement District.
Wotherspoon and his wife Stephanie, who is also a teacher, are parents to six-month-old William.
In addition to serving as deputy leader, Wotherspoon is currently the Opposition critic for Finance; Education; Municipal Relations; Urban Affairs; Economy; and the Global Transportation Hub.