Ryan Meili is the new leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.
Meili defeated his only other competitor in Regina-Rosemont MLA and former leader Trent Wotherspoon, getting 5,973 votes to Wotherspoon’s 4,860, capturing 55.1% of the vote.
Meili, the MLA from Saskatoon-Meewasin, becomes the 13th leader of the party and now heads the Official Opposition in the Saskatchewan Legislature, taking over from former interim leader Nicole Sarauer.
Ryan Meili is the new NDP leader #NDPLeadership
— Ryan McNally (@RyanE_McNally) March 3, 2018
— David Boles (@DavidJBoles) March 3, 2018
The new leader says he excited to get going.
“I’ve got that caucus seat,” he said joyfully. “It’s such a great group and I’m just looking forward to sitting down with them and talking about the next steps. We’ve got a week until the next session and we gotta get ready quickly.”
Look forward to working with you on areas where we agree, and to a vigorous debate on areas where we disagree.
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) March 3, 2018
This was Meili’s third attempt at running for the party leadership.
He believes one of the big keys in his victory was the dynamic he had with his opponent in the leadership race, Trent Wotherspoon.
“The number of conversations I had with people saying they were having a really tough time deciding, I think that Trent, and I tried to do the same myself, set the tone in this race,” he said. “Being respectful and friendly to each other and I don’t think we’re going to see that kind of division.”
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