Jesse Todd was selected Monday to be the New Democratic candidate in Saskatoon Eastview in the next provincial election.
Todd works with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and was also the driving force behind Howard’s Law, a new law which created an accessible directory of public buildings containing asbestos. The law is the first of its kind in Canada, and makes Saskatchewan a leader in the prevention of asbestos-related diseases.
“Jesse is great addition to the NDP team,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten. “By working with him on Howard’s Law, I got to know Jesse as a caring, effective leader who is skilled at building bridges between people and passionate about making everyday life better for people.”
Todd took up the fight for an asbestos disclosure law from his stepfather, Howard Willems, who had mesothelioma, a disease caused by being exposed to asbestos. Howard’s Law passed shortly after Willems’ death from the disease.
“Working with Cam Broten on Howard’s Law, I saw firsthand how to make positive change through the legislature. That inspired me to run to be an MLA," said Todd. “I'm proud to be on Cam's team. While the government focuses only on economic statistics and looks out for its friends, Cam and the NDP are focused on making sure everyone in our province is doing well."
Todd said the top issues in Saskatoon Eastview are the cost of living exacerbated by a government that keeps asking families to pay extra; the underutilization of Saskatoon City Hospital; filthy conditions in hospitals because of short staffing; and long waits for health care including emergency room waits, specialist waits and even waits to get into a seniors care home.
Todd was born and raised in Saskatoon, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. He is an active volunteer, as a football and rugby coach; as a member of the Buena Vista Cycling Club, raising money for local and international children’s care and education programs; chair of the Saskatchewan Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization; and with the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Todd and his wife are expecting their first baby.