Corey Atkinson – a Moose Jaw journalist, dad and advocate for children with cognitive disabilities – has been chosen by Moose Jaw North New Democrats as their candidate in the next provincial election.
“I’m so pleased to welcome Corey to our diverse candidate team,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who spoke at the nomination meeting held Wednesday evening. “Saskatchewan has had a decade of resource wealth, and Corey knows it’s time for all Moose Jaw families to benefit more from that.
“Saskatchewan should have an excellent education system with smaller class sizes. We should be tackling health care wait times instead of causing them to get longer with the ongoing Lean program and cuts to health care. We can prioritize the things that really matter – including better highways, and more choices and supports for our aging population. The Sask. Party MLAs have become complacent, but Corey’s ready to stand up for Moose Jaw families.”
Atkinson said it’s time for a more engaged representative of Moose Jaw.
“Cam fought for seniors housing in Moose Jaw. He stood up for the residents of Providence Place. He joined Moose Jaw people to lead the fight for the hyperbaric chamber. And, he wants education, front-line health care, seniors care and the things that really matter to be the focus of provincial priorities and spending – instead of consultants and wasteful pet projects. That’s a plan I’m proud to support and this is a team I'm proud to be a part of.”
Atkinson, who went to the University of Regina, is a reporter for the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, and has worked as a journalist in Yorkton and Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Atkinson’s mother is a proud member of the Cowessess First Nation and both his parents served in Canada’s Armed Forces. He attended Palliser Heights School in Moose Jaw and F.W. Johnson Collegiate in Regina.
He and his wife, Erin Hidlebaugh, have two sons attending Palliser Heights.
The couple are the founding members of ROAR, an organization dedicated to increasing acceptance and supporting families of children with cognitive disabilities.