This morning the Saskatchewan Party announced the passing of Melfort MLA Kevin Phillips.
“All of Kevin’s friends and colleagues are shocked and saddened his sudden and unexpected passing,” Premier Brad Wall said in a news release.
“Kevin was back in Regina yesterday, getting ready for another week of doing what he loved to do – representing the people of Melfort in the Assembly – so his passing was completely without warning.”
“Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go to Kevin’s wife April, and his children and grandchildren,” Wall added.
Leader of the Opposition Nicole Sarauer has also expressed her sympathies for the Melfort MLA.
“In politics, we often find ourselves on opposite sides of an issue but Kevin embodied what we’re truly here to do; to best represent our constituents and ensure they have a voice in our legislature. We should all strive to live up to the spirit of collaboration and commitment to community that Kevin lived every day.”
Phillips was first elected to the Legislature in 2011 and re-elected in 2016. Prior to becoming an MLA, Phillips was the Mayor of Melfort.
Among Phillips’ many accomplishments for Melfort and north-east Saskatchewan were his efforts to secure a new domestic violence shelter for Melfort – the first opened in Saskatchewan since 1989.
He was 63.