Voters in Saskatoon-Fairview have chosen the NDP’s Vicki Mowat to be their new MLA.
In a byelection Thursday night, Mowat captured the seat that she lost by under 200 votes to the Saskatchewan Party’s Jennifer Campeau in the last provincial election.
The byelection was needed when Campeau left politics to take a job with a mining company in BC.
Mowat believes the result has sent a message to the Saskatchewan Party.
“We really sent the Sask. Party a message,” Mowat said. “We’re not okay with the heartless cuts to education and healthcare. People are really frustrated with the sell-off of the Crown Corporations and the tax hikes. This is something I’ve been hearing over and over again on the doorstep. And I really think it really resonated with a clear message from the people of Saskatoon Fairview.”
It is the second byelection win in Saskatoon for the NDP this year as Ryan Meili won in Saskatoon Meewasin in March.
The win gives the NDP 12 seats in the 62 seat legislature.
Meanwhile, another byelection has to be called after Bill Boyd stepped down as the long-time MLA for Kindersley at the end of August.