Vegreville-Wainwright MP Leon Benoit announces he will not run again

Vegreville-Wainwright MP Leon Benoit has announced his decision not to run again in the upcoming federal election in October. I interviewed Benoit on his decision, career, and what’s next. The full audio of that interview is below.

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Colleen Young appointed to Saskatchewan Treasury Board

Lloydminster MLA Colleen Young was recently appointed to the government of Saskatchewan’s Treasury Board.

I had two conversations with Colleen Young the week that the appointment was announced. The first was an interview wrapping up the latest sitting in the legislature (which was made unusable when news of the appointment broke), and a conversation over becoming a member of the Treasury Board. Those two interviews follow below.

First, the wrap-up of the latest sitting in the legislature:

 

Second, the interview after her appointment:

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Steve O’Brien holds cross-Canada fundraiser for child education and development

On Tuesday, May 19th, former Olympian Steve O’Brien came to Lloydminster, as part of a cross-Canada fundraiser.

O’Brien is using 11 means of transportation to cross the country – including running, walking, biking, scootering, roller blading and pogo sticking – to raise money for child education and development.

O’Brien stopped by The Goat to do an interview with me about his challenge. Here is the unedited interview.

To contribute to the fundraiser go to http://www.steveobrienfoundation.com

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Residential School survivor speaks about his experiences

In April, the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre played host to an art exhibit titled The Child Taken, created by art and art history students at the University of Saskatchewan. The exhibit was created through conversations the students had with Residential School survivors, and was meant to depict the impact the schools has on the First Nations community.

One of the tribal elders who contributed to the project was Eugene Arcand. I was in a scrum with Arcand at the unveiling of the exhibit.

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Saskatchewan Politics Update

While the province of Alberta was caught up in election fever, the province of Saskatchewan announced a few moves of their own, both federally and provincially.

Ray Fox acclaimed federal Liberal candidate for Battlefords-Lloydminster

Ray Fox, Director of Justice for the Battlefords Tribal Council Professional Services Corporation, was named the Liberal candidate in the upcoming federal election. The nomination happened January 17, and the interview was done just prior to his nomination. Apologies for the lateness.

Michelle Oleksyn acclaimed provincial NDP candidate for Lloydminster

High school teacher Michelle Oleksyn was named the candidate for Lloydminster in Saskatchewan’s provincial election next spring. I talked with both Cam Broten at the station, and was in a scrum with Oleksyn at her nomination.

Cam Broten’s interview:

Michelle Oleksyn’s scrum:

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Alberta Election 2015 Wrap-up

The 2015 Alberta Election was a historic one for the NDP, winning 53 of the Legislature’s 87 seats to form their first government in the province’s history.

It was a different story in Lloydminster, re-electing PC MLA Richard Starke to his second term. I caught up with each of the candidates following the election.

NOTE: I apologize if questions in the scrum with Starke can’t be heard. It was recorded during the party at his election headquarters.

PC MLA Richard Starke

Wildrose candidate Danny Hozack

NDP candidate Saba Mossagizi

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Alberta Election Update

On the eve of the Election in Alberta, here’s a recap of the happenings in Lloydminster.

Brian Jean wins Wildrose Leadership

I had a chance to talk to the newly-minted leader Brian Jean shortly after he won the leadership of the Wildrose Party. Here is our full conversation.

 

Danny Hozack nominated as Wildrose Candidate in Lloydminster-Vermilion

Shortly after the calling of the election, Danny Hozack was nominated as the candidate for the party in the riding. Here is our conversation after his acclamation.

 

Richard Starke hosts “Young Professionals Event”

PC candidate and incumbent MLA Richard Starke hosted a Young Professionals Event early in his campaign. I had a chance to scrum with him on how his early campaign was going.

 

Danny Hozack opens campaign headquarters

Wildrose candidate Danny Hozack opened a new office for his campaign at the north end of Lloydminster. I scrummed with him on how things were going.

 

Lloydminster All-Candidates Forum

Lloydminster’s All-Candidates Forum allowed all of us a chance to hear from all three electoral candidates. I scrummed with each of them following their comments.

PC candidate Richard Starke:

 

Wildrose candidate Danny Hozack:

 

NDP candidate Saba Mossagizi:

 

The vote is set to take place Tuesday, May 5th.

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