Buckley Belanger was acclaimed today as the New Democrat candidate in the constituency of Athabasca for the 2020 election. Belanger launched his re-election campaign on MBC radio earlier this evening.
“The Sask. Party have made life harder for the people of Northern Saskatchewan,” said Belanger. “Our people have been neglected by this government. From roads, to jobs, to social supports, to their total inaction on our suicide crisis, the Sask. Party is failing to support our North and its people.”
A fierce advocate for the North, Belanger was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1995 and has been re-elected six times since then, making him one of the longest-serving MLAs in the history of the province. He served as the youngest cabinet minister for two premiers — Roy Romanow and Lorne Calvert — and spent almost 9 years in Cabinet during the NDP’s most recent time in government.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Buckley served three terms as Mayor of Ile-a-la Crosse, from 1988 to 1994. He has also worked as a journalist with the aboriginal publication New Breed and a programmer, producer, and administrator with the Missinippi Broadcasting Corporation.
He and his wife Beckie have three daughters, Michelle, Kellie, and Taylor.
“Buckley Belanger is an incredible individual who is passionate about improving his community,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. He knows the issues, cares about the people, and is a fierce advocate for our province’s North. Buckley will be a huge force in improving the lives of people as part of an NDP Government.”