Long-time NDP MLA David Forbes is announcing he will step down from his seat and not seek re-election when the next provincial election is called.
Forbes became the MLA for the riding of Saskatoon-Idylwyld in 2001 and served as the Minister of Environment in the Lorne Calvert government, a period he described as exciting times.
“I just want to say how strong the department at that time it was,” he said. “They had done such phenomenal work in terms of understanding our province.”
One project Forbes was involved in during his time as Environment Minister was the The Great Sand Hills Land Use Strategy, which saw GSH protected area rise from 94.5 to 362.6 square kilometres.
Forbes has accomplished many things during his time as an MLA with one of the biggest being the introduction and implementation of “Jimmy’s Law” which protected late-night retail workers.
As the official opposition, he filled several portfolios, including being the critics for Social Services, Housing and Diversity.
A teacher of nearly 20 years by trade, Forbes said it was important to really understand his roles.
“As ordinary people, we have the right to ask ordinary questions,” he noted. “Sometimes, we get those bureaucratic answers. Well, we can ask those simple questions and expect a simple, straight forward answer.”
In the meantime, Forbes will continue to serve in his caucus roles and as the MLA for Saskatoon Centre. Until that time comes, there’s still much for him to do.
“We have to talk about the ethics of politics, too,” he stated. “We’ve been raising the issue around big money in politics. People have a lot of questions that are unanswered.”
The writ for the next Saskatchewan provincial election is expected in November of 2020.