Doyle Vermette was nominated today to seek re-election as the Saskatchewan NDP candidate for Cumberland in the next election. Vermette was elected the MLA for Cumberland in a by-election in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2016.
“The Sask. Party is letting people down, particularly in the north,” said Vermette. “We need real action to address the suicide crisis in our province and we need to invest in the supports people need to succeed. I won’t rest until this government stops ignoring the issues facing the people of our province’s north.”
Of Métis ancestry, Vermette was born and raised in Prince Albert. He, his wife Sandra and their family made the La Ronge area their permanent home in 1990. He has worked in his family’s forest industry company, based in Spruce Home, as well as the service industry in the La Ronge area.
In addition to being active in community service clubs, Vermette was a member of the Board of Education, Northern Lights School Division/NORTEP-NORPAC for eight years, serving as Board Chair for two years. From 2004 until early 2008, Vermette was the acting chair of the Gabriel Dumont Institute. As an alderman for Air Ronge from 1994 to 1997, Vermette had a particular passion for expanding recreation and youth programs. He also served on the board of the Kikinahk Friendship Centre in La Ronge. Over an eighteen-year period, he served on the boards of the Keewatin Career Development Corporation, the Saskatchewan Water Corporation, and the Jim Brady Métis Local #19.
“Doyle cares deeply about people and does a tremendous job representing his constituents in the legislature,” said NDP Leader Ryan Meili. “Doyle will play an important role in delivering real improvements in people’s lives as part of the next NDP Government.”