SASKATOON - Today Ryan Meili announced that Katherine Norton would be taking on the permanent position of Chief of Staff to the Saskatchewan NDP Caucus. Norton is moving into the role from Issues Management and Research in the Caucus Office. 

“I’m delighted and excited to be welcoming Katherine as Chief of Staff. Her skills, determination and long service to the party and the caucus are the perfect fit to help us build and grow toward the next provincial election,” said Meili. “The people of Saskatchewan will be served well by Katherine’s passion and dedication as we continue to hold the Sask Party Government to account.” 

The position has been filled on an interim basis by Sally Housser since the last provincial election “I’d like to thank Sally for her work and leadership over the past months particularly through the challenges presented by Covid-19,” said Meili. 

Norton will officially assume the role on August 16th.

Meili calls for urgent Last Mile measures including “tail-gate” vaccine clinics at Rider games

SASKATOON - With Saskatchewan’s vaccine rollout stalled, case numbers rising in Northern Saskatchewan and experts warning of a deadly fourth wave of COVID-19, NDP Leader Ryan Meili called on the Sask. Party government today to take immediate steps to increase vaccine uptake - including at Rider games.

“Scott Moe has decided to pat himself on the back for a job half-done. It’s time to get serious about getting past the Last Mile and reaching true herd immunity in our province,” said Meili. “The Delta variant is more aggressive and resistant and has become the dominant strain in much of the world. It is more important than ever that the vaccine roll-out be targeted, aggressive and effective.”

Open Letter from NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon to Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on 2021 Drought

After touring drought-affected areas in Saskatchewan yesterday, NDP Leader Ryan Meili and Agriculture Critic Trent Wotherspoon wrote to Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urging them to work together and take immediate action to help farmers and ranchers.

The text of the letter is below. Please see a PDF of the letter here.

SASK NDP calls on Sask. Party to put affordability over vanity when it comes to our Crowns

REGINA – Today, Leader of the NDP Official Opposition Ryan Meili and Official Opposition Critic for SaskPower Aleana Young called on the Sask. Party government to shelve their rebranding project and focus on helping families and businesses who missed payments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So many families are struggling to make ends meet and the Sask. Party should be working with them to help them out, not trying to make an extra buck off them,” said Meili. “Instead of prioritizing making families whole after the last 18 months, Premier Moe and his government are looking to spend millions on a rebranding vanity project to paint the Crowns in Sask. Party colours. The people of Saskatchewan deserve better.”

NDP Calls for Urgent Action to Fix Worst Child Care System in Canada

SASKATOON – Today, Official Opposition Leader Ryan Meili and Carla Beck, Critic for Education and Early Learning, joined with parents and advocates to call on the Sask. Party government to stop playing games with the lives of Saskatchewan families and immediately sign on to the national child care strategy which would lower fees and increase spaces.

“A child care plan is a jobs plan. The more we invest in increased spaces and jobs in our child care system, the more we can get families back to work building our Saskatchewan recovery,” said Meili. “There is no reason for Scott Moe not to sign up for the national child care strategy unless he plans on playing partisan politics with the lives and incomes of Saskatchewan families and their children.”