March 7, 2018 8:24 pm
Updated: March 8, 2018 7:22 am

Sask. NDP leader Ryan Meili announces changes to caucus and critic roles

New official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili is making changes to critic and caucus roles.

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Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili is making changes to critic and caucus roles with less than a week to go before the spring session gets underway.

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“We are coming in with a team that’s really talented, very strong and a lot of people have already been developing their space in those roles. I didn’t want to shake things up too much at this time and really allow people to carry on with those strengths,” Meili said.

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The changes include Meili himself being announced as critic for executive council; office of the premier; intergovernmental affairs; and Francophone affairs.

Carla Beck is the new deputy leader and the critic for Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.

Danielle Chartier is the new critic for status of women.

David Forbes is the new critic for environment and forestry.

Warren McCall is the new deputy house leader. He is also adding critic for SaskBuilds to his portfolio.

Mowat is the new critic for trade, export development and career training.

Rancourt is the new critic for SaskEnergy as well as critic of labour relations and workplace safety, and Workers’ Compensation Board.

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Nicole Sarauer is the new house leader. She is also adding the critic for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority to her portfolio.

Cathy Sproule is the new whip, along with critic for Crown Investments Corporation.

Vermette is the new critic for First Nations and Métis Relations.

Trent Wotherspoon was relieved of his previous critic duties back in September during the NDP leadership race, and will be resuming those duties now. He was announced as the chair of public accounts and the critic for advanced education; social services; community-based organizations; and child and youth well-being.

“One of the (critic roles) I’m most excited about is Trent Wotherspoon, he really wanted to do social services, and I think that’s really timely,” Meili said.

“This is a party that has been harming people who live in poverty. They tried to cut funerals for people on social services, they’ve cut special diets, they’ve cut the SAID program and they’re going after people trying to kick them off the roles of social service. We really need someone strong like Trent, who’s able to continue to push on that file.”

All other roles will remain the same.

The session resumes March 12.

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