Jolibois to be New Democrat Candidate in Athabasca for By-Election

The Saskatchewan NDP have named La Loche mayor and former MP Georgina Jolibois as candidate for the Athabasca By-Election. Jolibois was nominated by NDP members in a contested nomination conducted via online and phone voting.

“Having served my community of La Loche for over 20 years, I have seen first-hand the impact of this Sask. Party government’s inaction to address key issues,” said Jolibois. “The ongoing housing crisis in La Loche and all of Northwest Saskatchewan has only been made worse by the heartless introduction of income assistance changes. Instead of helping us, the Sask. Party has simply created another problem.”

Jolibois is currently in her fifth term as Mayor of La Loche. From 2015 to 2019, she served as the Member of Parliament for Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River and introduced a Private Member’s Bill that led to the creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, something the Sask. Party has to date refused to honour.

Jolibois is a proud Dene woman and a member of the Clearwater River Dene Nation.

“The Athabasca constituency will be well-served with a proven and experienced leader like Georgina,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Her service to her community as a Mayor and a Member of Parliament is exactly the experience and expertise that the people of Northwest Saskatchewan need from their MLA. With her proven track record, I know she will be an outstanding representative for Northwest Saskatchewan, and a wonderful addition to our NDP team.”

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