MOOSE JAW, Sask. -- Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair says Saskatchewan will be vital to the party's grand strategy to form government in the 2015 federal election.

Mulcair told the Moose Jaw Times-Herald he is confident the party can recapture most of Saskatchewan's seats despite not winning any in the province since 2004.

He said the redrawing of several ridings will help.

Mulcair said he gets the sense that people are growing disenchanted with the Conservatives over issues such as the grain transportation backlog.

He also said the Harper government isn't doing enough for young people.

Mulcair said the challenge for the NDP will be to connect with these people and convince them to vote.

"We're going to run really great candidates, we're going to run a good campaign and we're going to win a majority of seats here in Saskatchewan," Mulcair said Friday.

"There's going to be a lot of contact with young people. We're going to make sure they understand that Stephen Harper is leaving the largest economic, social and environmental debt in our history in their backpacks."

Mulcair was to speak to delegates at the Saskatchewan NDP convention in Moose Jaw.