Agricultural economist, university instructor and senior policy expert Faycal Haggui will be the New Democrat candidate for Regina Gardiner Park in the 2020 provincial election.
Haggui, a married father of three young children, was nominated by New Democrats in the Regina Gardiner Park constituency this afternoon.
“Faycal is an economist who never loses sight of the real goal of a strong economy: it’s about putting people first,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “He’s going to be an excellent advocate for Regina Gardiner Park families, and a strong voice in the Legislature for building a province that works for everyone.”
Haggui holds a doctorate in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a master’s degree in Economics and Management from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania in Greece. He was born in Tunisia, has called Saskatchewan home for over 20 years, and he’s been settled in Regina Gardiner Park with his wife, Jean, for nearly 15 years. As a dedicated leader, Faycal has served on many local boards, including: The Regina Food Bank, Spring Free from Racism, and Amnesty International.
“It is unacceptable that in a province as rich as Saskatchewan, so many people are falling behind,” said Haggui. “Saskatchewan people deserve so much better, but we see rising food bank usage, over a quarter of our children living in poverty, and the lowest minimum wage in the country.” “It is time for a government that puts people first and that is why I’m proud to stand with Ryan Meili and the New Democrat team.”
Haggui previously contested the constituency for the New Democrats in the 2016 provincial election.
The Saskatchewan New Democrats in the Last Mountain Touchwood constituency have chosen Thera Nordal to be their candidate for the next provincial election. Nordal won a contested nomination over Don Jewitt a long-time teacher and school administrator in-front of a crowd of nearly 150 New Democrats gathered together in Lipton this afternoon.
“As a mother of three children, I have seen the damage done by cuts to funding in our classrooms,” said Nordal. “I look forward to standing up for my kids and future generations against the Sask. Party’s hurtful cuts and lack of vision.”
Thera is a small business owner and farmer. Her and her husband have ran a business near Southey for eleven years providing repairs and fabrication needs of farmers in the area. She is very active in her community serving as president of the Southey Soccer Club and having coached skating, hockey, soccer and baseball.
“Thera is a welcome addition to our 2020 team, she is a strong advocate for her community, and she will be a strong voice for the constituents of Last Mountain Touchwood,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili.
Nordal is the eleventh candidate nominated for the Saskatchewan NDP for the 2020 provincial election. The next nomination meeting will take place on April 13, 2019 for Regina Gardiner Park.
Tonight, the Saskatchewan New Democrats nominated Danielle Chartier in Saskatoon Riversdale and Vicki Mowat in Saskatoon Fairview. They will both be seeking re-election in the next provincial election in 2020.
Danielle Chartier, the MLA for Saskatoon Riversdale, was first elected in a by-election in 2009.After graduating from journalism school, Danielle worked as a reporter for more than a decade on daily newspapers in Saskatoon and Moose Jaw, as well as on weekly newspapers and monthly magazines. She later returned to school and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina. Following that, Danielle worked for the Saskatchewan Department of Labour’s Work and Family Unit for nearly three years, where her passion for supporting families grew even stronger.
Vicki Mowat, the MLA for Saskatoon Fairview, was first elected in a by-election in 2017. Prior to her election, Vicki worked as an 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. Vicki also spent time as an officer in the Canadian Forces Reserves and worked with 2293 The North Saskatchewan Regiment Army Cadet Corps. Vicki worked at the corps for nine years, holding the position of Commanding Officer for the latter five.
“These two community leaders have been champions for their constituents and for all Saskatchewan people, particularly when it comes to improving our healthcare system,” said Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Their dedication to improving people’s lives could not be clearer. I look forward to continuing to work with them to build a better and healthier province.”
December 10, 2018
Aleana Young was nominated tonight to be the Saskatchewan NDP candidate in Regina University in the next election.
“I’m running because Saskatchewan people deserve better, particularly when it comes to this government’s cuts to education,” said Young. “I’m committed to advocating for teachers, students, and parents, to ensure that our school boards get the supports they need.”
Aleana is a respected leader in Regina. She has served as a Regina Public School Board Trustee since 2012, where she has been a tireless advocate for high-quality education for Saskatchewan students and properly resourced classrooms.
Young is also serving her second term as the Vice President of the Saskatchewan School Boards’ Association, where she advocates for all 27 school boards in the province and for local voices in education.
Young is active in her community, currently serving as the Vice President of Family Service Regina and as a member of the University of Regina Senate. She is also a small business owner, operating a cheese shop in the Cathedral neighbourhood, and loves running around Wascana Lake.
“Aleana’s a respected community leader and will be a strong advocate for the people of Regina University, both in the Legislature and in the community” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “She’s a welcome addition to the 2020 team.”
November 15, 2018
Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili introduced a bill that would increase Saskatchewan’s minimum wage to $15/hour by 2022. The bill would see the minimum wage rise from it’s current $11.06 to:
- $12.00 on and from January 1, 2019;
- $13.00 on and from January 1, 2020;
- $14.00 on and from January 1, 2021;
- $15.00 on and from January 1, 2022.
“Our neighbours in Alberta saw their minimum wage reach $15/hour last month, and their economy is vastly outperforming ours,” said Meili. “Poverty wages hurt the most vulnerable, reward big out-of-province companies, and leave less money to spend in local businesses. Everyone does better when minimum-wage workers earn more.”
Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada where the minimum wage is less than half the median wage, which makes it especially hard for low-income workers in Saskatchewan to afford the basics. But in last week’s 75-minute debate, Sask. Party members spoke out against a higher minimum wage, with Sask. Party MLA Ken Francis from Kindersley defending Saskatchewan’s second-lowest-in-the-country minimum wage as follows: “we need the minimum wage kept relatively low so to provide an upside for more skilled and demanding positions. If you move the minimum wage up, everything else goes with it.”
“The Sask. Party’s wage policy is keeping people in poverty, with a real social and financial cost to the province,” said Warren McCall, NDP Critic for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. “Try telling someone in their thirties who’s earning minimum wage that, with the Sask. Party formula, they’ll be collecting CPP before they see a $15 minimum wage, and see how fair they think that is.”
According to the government’s current formula, the minimum wage would not reach $15 per hour until 2052 — a full three decades later than what the NDP is proposing.
Meili proposes ‘Renew Saskatchewan’ plan to support clean energy transition
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October 13, 2018
SASKATOON—In his keynote address to NDP convention delegates this morning in Saskatoon, NDP Leader Ryan Meili presented his Renew Saskatchewan plan for removing the barriers that are keeping Saskatchewan families, farms, and businesses from reducing energy usage and shifting to lower-cost, renewable options.
“Climate change demands the best of us, but Saskatchewan has fallen behind. This plan is designed to jump-start the clean energy transition we know we need, meeting the urgency of climate change with the opportunity of low-cost clean energy.”
Similar to past Saskatchewan government innovations like the Rural Electrification Program or the Family Farm Improvement Program, the Renew Saskatchewan plan outlined by Meili would provide assessments and financing for clean energy installations or retrofits for homes, farms, businesses, industry, municipalities and reserves. After an initial assessment to determine the lowest-cost and highest-return option for a given property or organization, some of all of the cost of the installation would be covered by the fund, and would be paid back over time from the customer’s power or energy bills based on the value of the power generated or fossil fuel energy saved by the installation.
“Investment in renewable energy or retrofits of inefficient buildings pay for themselves in the money saved on heat or power,” Meili said. “People want to make the shift to clean energy, but the up-front cost stops them, even though it would save a lot of money over the long term. This plan would remove the barriers that currently prevent people taking action on climate change.”
Glenn Wright, an agricultural producer and engineer with almost 20 years of experience in the resource industry, called the plan an important and urgently needed step forward into the clean energy future Saskatchewan deserves and needs.
“We have the best solar resource in Canada and a lot of room for improvement in energy efficiency” Wright said. “The NDP plan to focus on clean energy and energy efficiency is exactly what we need to address climate change and grow our economy.”Read more
Fresh off a convincing win in the recent Regina Northeast by-election, NDP Leader Ryan Meili today announced a shuffle of critic responsibilities for his opposition caucus that positions them as Saskatchewan’s government-in-waiting ahead of the 2020 election.
“This team represents real leadership for Saskatchewan, both in the Legislature and in communities throughout the province,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Together, we will continue to provide a strong opposition that will hold the Sask. Party to account for their harmful decisions while also championing ideas that will help build a better future for Saskatchewan.”
Yens Pedersen, the newest addition to the Opposition Caucus, will become the Critic for Agriculture, Environment, and the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
“We’re extremely happy and fortunate to add such a hard working and dedicated MLA like Yens,” Meili said. “With his rural roots and his record of strong community service, we know he will fit well in his critic areas.”
Danielle Chartier will take on the new role of Mental Health and Addictions Critic to such a prominent and troubling issue in Saskatchewan. Vicki Mowat takes over as Health Critic.
Nicole Rancourt, a social worker by profession, will take over as Social Services Critic. Trent Wotherspoon will serve as the new Finance Critic.
Standing up for teachers and students while the Sask. Party fails to properly fund education remains a priority for Carla Beck, Critic for Education and now also for Advanced Education. Meanwhile Cathy Sproule will continue to push for answers to the many remaining questions around the Sask. Party’s mismanagement of the Global Transportation Hub and Regina Bypass.
“With a strong and united team of MLAs, we are committed to continuing to earn the trust of Saskatchewan people as we move towards forming government in 2020,” Meili said. “That work starts with standing up to the bad choices of the Sask. Party while clearly articulating our own vision, highlighting our new ideas and sharing our plans to deliver on them.”
The provincial auditor’s report released last week further clarified the challenges facing Saskatchewan patients in accessing mental health care, stating that “long waits can lead to people’s conditions getting worse, and in some cases, waits can even contribute to death.”
Psychiatrist Sarah Dungavell, who practices in La Ronge and Saskatoon, says that “waitlists across the province remain too high and my colleagues and I are unable to see patients soon enough.”
With the Sask. Party government failing to take significant action to address this issue, the NDP is stepping forward to propose concrete, evidence-based initiatives to increase mental health care supports and promote better outcomes.
“The mental health needs throughout the province are urgent,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “We’re calling for a number of simple solutions that can improve the lives of our friends and neighbours struggling with mental health challenges. Investing in mental health services improves lives and leads to significant downstream savings. It’s the right thing and the smart thing to do.”
Meili is calling for a number of initiatives that would help address the challenges people face when trying to get the care they need:
- An increase in the health budget for mental health from the current five per cent to at least the national average of seven per cent, as promised by the premier during his run for leadership, but not delivered in the 2018/19 budget;
- Hiring of additional mental health support staff like psychiatric nurses, psychologists and social workers and increasing availability of publicly-funded counselling services;
- Supports for crisis intervention, including adequate funding for the mental health ER in Saskatoon, and the introduction of more such facilities in other communities;
- Expanding addictions supports, with special attention to crystal meth and fentanyl;
- Provincial involvement in the proposed Lac La Ronge Indian Band wellness centre;
- The development of a province-wide suicide prevention strategy that works alongside that being developed by the FSIN.
“We have heard the Sask. Party talk about supporting mental health, but what we need them to do is to take meaningful action,” said NDP Health Critic Danielle Chartier. “Far too many people are suffering and can’t get proper access to care. We’ve heard from families and mental health professionals that solutions – not just talk – are urgently needed.”
Today NDP Leader Ryan Meili and United Steelworkers Local 5890 President Mike Day called on the Sask. Party government to improve pipeline safety and create jobs by introducing expiry dates for pipelines.
“The tariffs Donald Trump is imposing on Canadian steel will have serious negative impacts on steel manufacturing jobs here in Saskatchewan,” said Meili. “We have more than 100,000 kilometers of pipelines and flowlines in Saskatchewan, and many are old and should be replaced. We saw with the Husky oil spill last year how costly spills can be, and it’s time for the provincial government to introduce expiry dates on pipelines to protect Saskatchewan water and land while also creating jobs. It's all well and good for Scott Moe to go to Ottawa and Washington, but he needs to show leadership and help workers in Saskatchewan.”
Meili’s proposal would require different expiry date standards for pipe depending on the material and whether the pipe is near a body of water. New pipe manufactured at Evraz steel emits less carbon dioxide than pipe made at most other plants, and existing pipelines can be recycled to make new pipe after being replaced.
In Volume 1 of the 2018 Provincial Auditor’s Report, the auditor noted that there were ongoing problems in pipeline regulation in the province.
“Bringing in expiry dates for pipelines will help to protect good jobs here in Regina, and it will help create construction jobs out on worksites across the province,” said Day. “Steelworkers are concerned about how American tariffs will lead to lost jobs, and this proposal from the Saskatchewan NDP will help create extra demand for steel made right here in Regina.”
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