Sask. Rivers MLA to seek re-election

Matt Gardner
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Saskatchewan Rivers MLA Nadine Wilson is seeking a third term in office following her nomination on Friday as the Saskatchewan Party candidate for the constituency.

Saskatchewan Rivers MLA Nadine Wilson

Wilson was first elected to office in the 2007 provincial election after beating out two other candidates for the party’s nomination.

Voters later re-elected her after she was acclaimed as the party’s candidate in 2011, and Wilson similarly had no rivals for the nomination this time around.

“Why did I decide to run? Because I love working for the community and for the Saskatchewan Party,” Wilson said on Friday prior to her nomination meeting at Buckland Fire Hall.

“Saskatchewan Rivers is my constituency and working with the constituents has been very rewarding … I’m also appreciative to see that our government has made the quality of life for the people I represent much better.”

During her time in office, Wilson has held a number of committee positions.

In 2009, Premier Brad Wall appointed her legislative secretary to the Minister Responsible for Immigration -- New Citizen Initiative. Two years later, she was appointed Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Private Bills.

Wilson has also been elected deputy caucus chairperson for the Sask. Party government and is a member of the Caucus Management Committee, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Committee on Human Services, which deals with health issues in the province.

“We have a lot of interesting jobs to do and they’re very varied and diverse,” Wilson said.

The MLA cited the re-opening of the sawmill near Big River as one of her biggest accomplishments in the last term, pointing to her role in working with Carrier Forest Products and area residents to move the project forward and create a “proactive business climate.”

“That was very profound for that area, that region, because there’s renewed economic activity, jobs for Big River and area -- and of course that’s the largest town in the constituency I represent,” Wilson said. “So I was very proud to be part of that.”

Saskatchewan Rivers is my constituency and working with the constituents has been very rewarding. MLA Nadine Wilson

Another source of pride during her last term was the proclamation of Great Blue Heron Provincial Park in August 2013.

“That’s the first provincial park in almost 20 years, and that’s right here in Saskatchewan Rivers,” she said. “That would be approximately the middle of the constituency, and we have a lot of tourism in our riding. So that was very valuable to the people … who own resort businesses in the constituency.”

Asked whether there was anything she might have done differently in her last term, Wilson replied, “As human beings, we can always do better. But I feel that I’ve done my best and I do enjoy working with the constituents, and having Brad Wall as our leader is of course a tremendous asset to be working on his team.”

Should she win a third term in office, Wilson has expressed her desire to continue lobbying for infrastructure, pointing to the high volume of roads and highways within her constituency.

She also noted her interest in the expansion of the yet-to-be-built children’s hospital.

“I’m proud of all our government’s achievements, growing the province and giving it better quality of life and better health care,” Wilson said.

“I’m also the proud grandmother of six little grandchildren under the age of five, so when I see initiatives such as providing good quality health care for our next generation, that gives me a great feeling that we are making strides forward.”

Following Wilson’s nomination meeting, the Sask. Party has now nominated 13 candidates for the next provincial election.

The election is scheduled to take place on Nov. 2, 2015.

Organizations: Sask. Party, Saskatchewan Party, Committee on Private Bills Caucus Management Committee Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Human Services Carrier Forest Products

Geographic location: Sask., Big River, Great Blue Heron Provincial Park

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