Charles Jedlicka, a teacher, father of three young children and resident of Luseland, has been chosen to represent New Democrats in the next provincial election.
Jedlicka was nominated Thursday evening in Kindersley with NDP Leader Cam Broten in attendance.
“It was fantastic to see Charles nominated by his neighbours and community. Families in the Kindersley constituency are ready for an MLA who really puts their interests first, and who shares their family values and rural roots,” said Broten.
“Families in this area are being taken for granted by the Sask. Party. Whether it’s the condition of roads and highways or the cost of utility bills that keep rising and putting pressure on families, the province’s prosperity over the last few years just wasn’t used wisely enough. The Sask. Party spends too much on waste – like bloated health administration, the bizarre John Black Lean project and foreign contracts that are more expensive than Saskatchewan companies. I want to invest in what really matters to Saskatchewan families and businesses, like easier access to health care and bringing down the price of the very expensive ambulance fees Saskatchewan patients pay.”
Jedlicka grew up in a big family, on a farm near Rosetown. Before his teaching career, he trained to be an emergency medical technician. As a teacher, he’s had a successful career in Saskatchewan, Alberta and in England that has included two nominations for the Anne-Marie Merle Service to Children Award.
“I’m so proud to support Cam Broten’s vision for Saskatchewan,” said Jedlicka. “It’s about real people – including students and seniors – benefitting more from what happens in our province. He believes that you don’t just look to statistics to evaluate how we’re doing – you look at whether everyday families are getting ahead. You look at how long we’re waiting in emergency rooms, and if our children have top-notch, well-resourced classrooms.
“The fact is, those things are concerning right now, and we could be doing so much better.”
Jedlicka is active with the Wildlife Federation and enjoys hunting. He’s a sports fan who is also committed to supporting the students in his class outside the classroom as a coach and fan of the sports they play. He’s active in his church community, and he and his wife, who is also a teacher, have three young children.