David Forbes, the MLA for Saskatoon Centre and the NDP’s caucus chair, will run again in Saskatoon Centre in the next provincial election.
Forbes was chosen, uncontested, by New Democrats at a nomination meeting in Saskatoon on Thursday evening.
“David is a strong MLA – both on our team at the Legislature, and for his constituents in Saskatoon Centre,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “And he’s also been a powerful advocate for change in his critic portfolios. As the critic for Social Services, and as the NDP’s first critic for Diversity, Equality and Human Rights, David has been a voice for the vulnerable and an ally for all seeking and supporting equality, equity and fairness.
Forbes is also the NDP’s critic for Housing and for Labour, and is the associate critic for Education. Recently, Forbes worked with community members from all over the province to successfully champion Jimmy’s Law, a law to protect late-night workers from being victims of crime.
Previously, Forbes served Saskatchewan as minister of labour, and was especially proud of implementing Saskatchewan’s newest holiday – Family Day. Many workplace safety improvements such as the new anti-harassment unit and labour standards in the North took place under his direction. He also served as minister of environment.
Prior to being elected for the first time in 2001, Forbes taught for 18 years in both Saskatoon and rural Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Education from the University of Regina and his Master’s in Education Administration from the University of Saskatchewan.
Forbes has been a volunteer for his local community association, the Saskatchewan SaskTel Jazz Festival, and as a coach of youth football and softball. He is a past president of Cross Country Saskatchewan and the Nordic Ski Club of Saskatoon. David is married with three children, and recently became a grandfather to two new granddaughters.