Newly elected Leader of the Official Opposition Trent Wotherspoon announced the NDP shadow cabinet today, highlighting the diversity, experience, and energy of the new caucus and demonstrating that this team of NDP MLAs is ready to get to work for the people of Saskatchewan.
“This is an exceptionally strong and diverse team,” said Wotherspoon. “Each of them brings a work ethic and commitment to not only hold government to account, but also fight tirelessly to deliver for Saskatchewan people.”
Wotherspoon will serve as a critic for Youth and the Economy; however, when the Sask. Party finally reveals their budget, the new Finance Critic, Cathy Sproule, will lead the Opposition’s work in ensuring accountability and that everyday families are not left behind. Sproule will also handle the Agriculture and Environment files.
Carla Beck will serve as Education, Early Learning and Childcare critic and Nicole Rancourt will take on the Social Services and Municipal Relations files. Nicole Sarauer has been named critic for Justice, Corrections and Policing as well as Women and Immigration while Danielle Chartier will remain the Health and Seniors critic.
Buckley Belanger will serve as Deputy Leader as well as critic for First Nations and Métis Relations as well as Highways and Infrastructure; David Forbes will continue to serve as the critic for Labour Relations and Workplace Safety, Diversity, Equality, and Human Rights; Warren McCall will remain House Leader and critic for Advanced Education, Jobs, Skills, and Training; and Doyle Vermette has been named Whip and critic for Northern Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Transportation Corporation.
“These members come from different backgrounds and have a variety of experiences,” said Wotherspoon. “We are united in our commitment to serving the people of Saskatchewan and I look forward to working alongside each of them as we get going on this important work as a team.”
A full list of critic roles and responsibilities is available here.