Lawyer and former Armed Forces Captain Rob Feist was nominated Tuesday evening to be the NDP candidate for the Battlefords constituency in the upcoming provincial election.
“Rob has deep roots in this community, a devotion to its people, and an impressive record of service to our province and country, so I have no doubt that he'll be a great MLA for the Battlefords,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended Feist’s nomination. “Rob wants to build a strong and diverse economy that creates loads of good, mortgage-paying jobs for Saskatchewan people, ensures that our prosperity is sustainable, and delivers real benefits for everyday families – like shorter waits and better services in health care, and a great education for all kids in our province.”
Feist grew up in the Rural Municipality of Buffalo, south of the Battlefords, and worked and lived on his family’s third-generation mixed cattle and grain operation just south of Thackeray until 2000.
Working with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Feist built and commanded the largest army cadet corps in the province, and volunteered as a cadet marksmanship instructor, providing hundreds of youth with firearms safety and skill training. In 2008, he created a cadet group in Saskatoon for at-risk, inner-city youth.
After graduating from law school, Feist took on a full-time Captain’s position with the Canadian Armed Forces as an Area Cadet Officer, managing the Army Cadet program across central Saskatchewan and central Manitoba from 2009 to 2012. For his work with youth, Feist earned a Commanding Officer’s commendation and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Feist lives in North Battleford where he works as a lawyer with Norsask Law.
“I share Cam Broten’s vision of an even better Saskatchewan,” said Feist. “By cutting Sask. Party waste and focusing on the right priorities, we can deliver so much more for everyday families – from better programs for community safety to better health services right here in The Battlefords.
“The Battlefords is an incredible place to live – but our economy can be so much stronger and more stable. The Sask. Party is paying millions extra to have our replacement Saskatchewan Hospital built and maintained by a corporation from the United Kingdom. Those dollars and jobs should be strengthening our economy here – but instead the Sask. Party is flying them away. I want to invest in the Battlefords again – in our people, in our economy, and in our future.”
Rob attended the Northwest Regional College, and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan. He’s a member of the North Battleford Legion, the No. 38 Army Navy and Air Force Veterans and Ionic Lodge No. 31.