The Liberal Party has just nominated their candidate for the Lakeland riding in the federal election. Garry Parenteau was acclaimed last week, nearly a month after everyone else in the race had declared themselves.
Parenteau has served as an elected administrator in the Metis community as the Chairperson of the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, President of the Metis Settlements General Council, and from 2004-2011 as the representative of the Metis Settlements General Council to the federal government. He has also served as Vice President of Finance for the Liberal Party of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Commission from 2000 to 2003.
We spoke about the issues he feels most affect the constituency, and how his experience will help his campaign.
The federal election is heating up in the riding of Battlefords-Lloyminster, with 2 candidates stepping forward to challenge incumbent MP and Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz. I interviewed all three of the candidates for the seat.
Liberal Party of Canada – Larry Ingram
Ingram is a sheet metal contractor from Turtleford. I spoke with him about incumbent MP Gerry Ritz, and how he plans to beat him.
NDP – Sandra Arias
Arias is the Director of Operations at Sunchild Law, a firm that deals with Residential School claims. I spoke with her about her campaign platform, and why she chose to run.
Conservative Party of Canada – Gerry Ritz
Gerry Ritz is the incumbent MP and the current Agriculture Minister. I spoke with him about the early stages of his campaign, and one of the decisions his opponents criticized him for.
The federal election is well underway, with the newly-formed riding of Lakeland running 3 candidates. I have had a chance to interview all three.
Libertarian Party of Canada – Robert McFadzean
Robert McFadzean is a retired teacher from Lakeland College’s Agricultural department. I spoke with him about why he decided to run, what his platforms are, and his strategy to get elected.
New Democratic Party – Duane Zaraska
Duane Zaraska is the vice president of Region 2 in the Metis Nation. I spoke with him about the change he feels Canada and the Lakeland riding needs.
Conservative Party of Canada – Shannon Stubbs
Shannon Stubbs is a former Wildrose Party candidate in two provincial elections. She has also worked as the chief of staff for former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, and as a staffer at the federal level. I spoke with her about her former political experience and how that will help her in this election.
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.
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:
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
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.