Carla Beck shuffles NDP caucus, focuses on affordability, rural health

The NDP is also shaking up the energy and resources file, its potential “as a key job creator.”

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Saskatchewan NDP Leader Carla Beck shuffled her caucus on Wednesday, creating new roles for affordability and rural health ahead of the fall legislative sitting.

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In Prince Albert, Beck announced Regina Rosemont MLA Trent Wotherspoon will become critic for affordability and Saskatoon Eastview MLA Matt Love will be the NDP’s point person for rural and remote health.

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Their new roles signal the NDP priorities heading into the fall.

“Whether it’s on main street or shop floors, the messages are the same – Scott Moe’s Sask. The party has given up on helping people and aren’t going to bat on issues Saskatchewan people are facing,” Beck stated in a news release issued Wednesday. “Whether it’s cost-of-living, job creation or our crumbling health system, Scott Moe is missing in action.”

The NDP is also shaking up the energy and resources file.

Saskatoon Nutana MLA Erika Ritchie will no longer be responsible for energy, resources and the environment.

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Instead, Regina University MLA Aleana Young will take on the energy and resources role. The NDP stated it recognizes the sector’s potential “as a key job creator and driver of the province’s economy.”

Saskatoon Center MLA Betty Nippi-Albright will be responsible for the environment role. Ritchie will remain responsible for the Water Security Agency, SaskWater and SaskEnergy. She will take on the new municipal affairs file.

Beck has also named a new deputy leader.

Saskatoon Fairview MLA Vicki Mowat will now be the party’s second-in-command instead of Regina Douglas Park MLA Nicole Sarauer. Mowat will remain has health critic.

Sarauer, who will now be house leader, will retain her role as critic for justice and Attorney General; corrections, policing and public safety; and the provincial capital commission.

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Sarauer will also take on the labor critic role, which was previously held by Saskatoon University MLA Jennifer Bowes.

Newly elected Saskatoon Meewasin MLA Nathaniel Teed will become critic for parks, culture and sport, tourism, SLGA, SaskGaming and SGI.

Sarauer had previously held the SLGA and SaskGaming file, while Young had held the SGI file.

New critic roles

Vicki Mowat

  • Health Critic.
  • Deputy Leader.

Doyle Vermette

  • Northern Affairs.
  • Mental Health and Addictions.
  • Associate Critic for First Nations and Métis Relations.
  • Whip.

Jennifer Bowes

  • Advanced Education.
  • Status of Women.
  • Human Rights.
  • Public Service Commission.

Trent Wotherspoon

  • Finance.
  • SaskTel.
  • Agriculture.
  • Highways and Infrastructure.
  • GTH and the Regina Bypass.
  • SaskBuilds and Procurement.
  • Affordability.

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Betty Nippi-Albright

  • First Nations and Métis Relations and Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Environment.
  • Innovation and Saskatchewan Research Council.

Matt Love

  • Education.
  • Seniors.
  • Rural and Remote Health.
  • Caucus Chair.

Meara Conway

  • Social Services.
  • Housing and CBOs.
  • Childcare and Early Learning.
  • Francophone Affairs.
  • Ethics and Democracy.
  • Associate Critic for Education.

Aleana Young

  • Jobs and the Economy.
  • Trade and Export Development.
  • immigration.
  • SaskPower.
  • Energy and Resources.

Erika Ritchie

  • SaskEnergy.
  • WSA and SaskWater.
  • Municipal Affairs.
  • CIC.

Nicole Sarauer

  • Justice and Attorney General.
  • Corrections, Policing and Public Safety.
  • Provincial Capital Commission.
  • House Leader.
  • Labor.

Nathaniel Teed

  • Parks, Culture and Sport.
  • Tourism.
  • SLGA.
  • SaskGaming.
  • SGI.

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