For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017
Mowat to represent NDP in upcoming by-election
Saskatoon - New Democrats gathered in a packed hall this evening and selected Vicki Mowat to be their candidate in the upcoming by-election in Saskatoon Fairview.
“The Sask. Party has made heartless cuts to the services people rely on in this province and people are fed up” said Mowat. “This by-election is an opportunity for the people of this constituency to send a clear message that the Sask. Party needs to stop making Saskatchewan people pay the price for their mismanagement, scandal and waste.”
Mowat was the NDP candidate for the constituency in 2016 and lives on the west-side of Saskatoon with her partner Grayson, a teacher. She works as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Dean of Aboriginal Affairs in the College of Arts & Science at the University of Saskatchewan. She previously worked as a Sessional Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.
“In everything that she does, Vicki shows how hard-working, determined, and genuine she is,” said NDP Interim Leader Nicole Sarauer. “The results of the last election did not stop her from continuing to connect with people in her community and speaking out on their behalf. If elected, Vicki will be the strongest voice this area has seen in a very long time.”
The final results are in and the Sask. Party drove up the debt $2.3 billion dollars and, though they have been frantically searching for excuses, all they have to show for it is a growing record of mismanagement, scandal, and waste.
In the month-and-a-half since the Sask. Party broke their promise and scrapped the STC, people across the province – including seniors - are finding themselves stranded without transportation and relying on hitchhiking as a last resort.
It was with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of the devoted community activist, public servant and friend, Don Black.
In politics, business, and sport, Don devoted himself to building community, fighting for change and advocating for Saskatchewan people.
Don’s political organizing supported generations of New Democrats but that commitment to community extended beyond partisan politics. He will be missed by many but the change Don affected and impression he made on our province will not be soon forgotten.
On behalf of all Saskatchewan New Democrats, I offer sincere condolences, much love and solidarity to his wife Tracy Davies, their family and all those who were fortunate enough to have known Don.
Nicole Sarauer, Leader of the Official Opposition
Saskatchewan New Democrats
Two weeks ago, we asked the Sask. Party to finally come clean on three simple questions about the growing Sask. Party GTH scandal but, time and time again, they just repeated their promise to come clean and then refuse to follow through.
Despite the Sask. Party’s repeated commitments to improve mental health services – and even though federal funding has been committed and a million-dollar private donation has been offered – the Sask. Party have announced they are refusing to move forward with plans for a mental health emergency unit in Saskatoon.
Yesterday – and again today – in an apparent attempt to prove that irony is not dead, but their sense of shame is, the Sask. Party sent out MLAs to pretend that they had not made significant cuts to funding for public transit and, instead, brag about the funding for transit that they haven’t yet cut.
Despite the Sask. Party’s target date to reach 50 per cent renewable energy fast approaching, they have still not provided any details about how they plan to get there, beyond their spin about the problem-plagued and costly Carbon Capture and Storage project at Boundary Dam 3.
The NDP is calling on the Sask. Party to back up their words with action and properly fund school boards so they can provide the level of education that Saskatchewan students need and deserve.