With the exit of former NDP leader Ryan Meili from politics, his Saskatoon Meewasin riding is in need of an MLA. The Sask Party and the NDP have cast ballots for their respective candidates, so the race is on.
Saskatoon businessman Kim Groff got the nod for the Sask Party. According to the Party’s release, Groff has had a long business career in sales, human resources and business finances. He and his family are long time residents of Saskatoon
In a news release, Groff said, "I'm working hard to ensure that the Saskatchewan Party wins this by-election, and that I have the honour of representing the residents of Meewasin."
He had previously run in the 2020 election for the Saskatoon Centre seat, losing to the NDP's Betty Nippi Albright.
The Saskatchewan NDP have named lifelong Saskatoon resident and small business owner Nathaniel Teed as their candidate.
“I’m humbled to have received the support from our members and excited to hit the ground running,” said Teed, in an NDP release. “I believe in the potential of this province - I’ve seen it firsthand. We have so much opportunity here in Saskatchewan, we just need a government that recognizes the need to build our communities and energize our economy.”
Teed is a proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and hopes to bring much-needed representation of this community to the legislature.
The race is touted to be a test for both parties. For the NDP, pundits are watching the constituency as a litmus test for new NDP leader Carla Beck to see if her recent Saskatchewan tour has helped make inroads. For the Sask Party, it’s a test of the staying power of Scott Moe and his management of post-pandemic economics in the province.