Ryan Meili to run for Sask. NDP leader
Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 12:00PM CST
Last Updated Thursday, May 18, 2017 7:08PM CST
Ryan Meili says he’ll be running in the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race.
The newest Saskatchewan MLA, who won the Saskatoon Meewasin seat for the NDP in a byelection in March, announced his intention to seek the party’s leadership Thursday.
“This leadership contest is our chance to develop the kind of healthy politics that works for Saskatchewan people,” he said in a statement.
“I am excited to be a part of that process.”
Saskatchewan’s NDP lost its leader, Cam Broten, in the provincial election last year. Trent Wotherspoon has been filling the role as interim leader, but Wotherspoon has stated he won’t pursue permanent leadership.
Meili is a doctor in Saskatoon and founder of Upstream, a group focused on health-care discussions within the context of social issues. He ran unsuccessfully for the Saskatchewan NDP leadership in 2009 and 2013.
The party will elect a new leader at a convention in Regina on May 6, 2018.