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Saskatchewan Party Candidate
First elected MLA for Saskatchewan Rivers in the 2007 provincial election, Nadine was re-elected in 2011 and 2016.
Nadine has served Saskatchewan as Legislative Secretary to the Minister Responsible for Immigration (New Citizen initiative), deputy caucus chair, and as chair of the legislature’s Standing Committee on Private Bills. She is presently the Provincial Secretary and Legislative Secretary to the Premier, and is also a member of the Standing Committee on Human Services.
Nadine studied social service work and later became one of the first women to work as a corrections worker in the Men’s Provincial Correctional Centre in Prince Albert. She was twice elected reeve of the rural municipality of Paddockwood before making the move to provincial service. A former Saskatchewan 4-H club leader, Nadine remains involved in this youth organization.
Nadine was named a BILLD Fellow in 2009 after completing the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development program and has served as a mentor for the Saskatchewan Legislative Internship Program four times. Nadine is a graduate of the 2009 Pacific Northwest Economic Region Legislative Leadership Academy, and is currently the Saskatchewan Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians.
Fourth generation cattle ranchers, Nadine and her husband Doug reside north of Prince Albert. They raised four children who all live and work in Saskatchewan, and are now the proud grandparents of nine lively grandchildren.
New Democratic Party Candidate
Elementary school principal and former Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Lyle Whitefish will be the New Democrat candidate for the Saskatchewan Rivers constituency in the next provincial election.
Whitefish, a member of the Big River First Nation, was chosen in a contested nomination vote held Friday evening in Spruce Home.
“Lyle will be a strong voice for what matters to all families in the Saskatchewan Rivers constituency. He has incredible passion and common sense when it comes to education – a top priority for both of us,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten, who attended the nomination. “All kids in Saskatchewan deserve better schools with more resources in the classroom – and helping all students get ahead today is the best way to build the strongest future for them, and for the province.”
Whitefish is the principal at Mistahi Sipiy Elementary School on the Big River First Nation, and has taught at both provincial and First Nations schools. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in education in 1994.
“Equality for all people starts with a strong education for every child,” said Whitefish. “One of the reasons I decided to join Cam Broten’s team is his vision for education as a priority, valuing students and families, and consulting parents and teachers every step of the way.
“I agree with Cam, that Saskatchewan’s prosperity should translate into opportunities for all our young people, fairness and affordability for all families, and dignity and security for all our elders. And Saskatchewan’s prosperity should mean investments in our roads and infrastructure and it should deliver a much-needed second bridge for Prince Albert.”
Whitefish and his wife Doris raised four children and now have five wonderful grandchildren. Lyle has been a band councillor, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who served as chief, and his father, who was also a councillor. He has represented three bands for the Agency Chiefs Tribal Council, working on economic development, brighter futures and treaty rights. In 2006, he was elected as the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations fourth vice-chief, working on many files over his tenure including education. He has sat on many boards and commissions, as well as the Indian Oil and Gas Committee and the Indian Resource Council.
Progressive Conservative Party Candidate
Shaun was raised on the family farm near St Walburg, Sk. The farm was a mixed commercial cattle and grain operation. As a kid Shaun was very active in many sports and excelled at the provincial level in several sports such as track, softball and curling, winning provincial titles in curling and ball. He was also involved in Cadets and 4-H, holding many positions in various levels of 4-H boards.
After graduating in 1991, Shaun enrolled into Lakeland Colleges Business Administration course in Lloydminster but decided to leave and obtain his class 1A licence to eventually pursue his own business. After 2 years in the oil patch, Shaun moved to Prince Albert and shortly after started his own trucking and logging operation. For nearly 25 years, Shaun has been a well respected and intelligent voice for Saskatchewan’s logging industry. Over the years Shaun has also managed many projects in many different fields including mining, oil & gas, construction, forestry and transportation, from North western Ontario all the way into the Canadas arctic region. One of his favourite tasks while managing in the north was consultation with local communities up and down the Mackenzie Valley region. Learning local traditions and hearing concerns of the progress coming to their territories is something he will never forget.
Over the years Shaun farmed along side his parents, but in 2013 they retired, and Shaun purchased the family farm. He and his family still reside in Prince Albert and he commutes back and forth to his farm south of St Walburg. Shaun still operates his logging and trucking business, specializing in off road hauling. He also occasionally still takes on projects in the oil & gas and mining sectors and does private consulting in the trucking and forestry sectors.
Shaun and his family are still very active in sports and enjoy the great outdoors of our beautiful province. They sponsor many teams and community events including hockey, curling, slo-pitch, chuckwagons and various community clubs.
Shaun is in the process of handing over the reins of his many endeavours to his two sons and looks forward to having extra time to help build the PC Party of Saskatchewan.