The provincial NDP have announced that Regina Elphinstone-Centre MLA Warren McCall will not be seeking re-election.
McCall currently serves as the critic for several portfolios, including advanced education, Sasktel, parks, culture and sport, and Tourism Saskatchewan.
Fellow Regina NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon has reacted to the news:
I’m so very sad that Warren McCall will not run again.
He’s given so much to our party & province.
He’s all heart & soul.
He’s never forgotten who he serves or why he serves.
— Trent Wotherspoon (@WotherspoonT) June 20, 2019
McCall, who has grown up and still lives in the riding which encompasses north-Central Regina, was first elected in a by-election in February of 2001, and reclaimed his seat four times after that. Under the Lorne Calvert government, McCall served as minister of advanced education and minister of corrections and public safety.
He says he wouldn’t change a thing when it comes to his political career.
No, No I didn’t.” McCall said. “I started as a staffer and moved my way up, It has been an amazing thing and a big part of that is because of the people. I don’t know who will be next, but I will say one thing and that is there are so many amazing people in Elphinstone. There is a lot of diversity and the down-to-earth nature that so many of the people have.
McCall is now the third NDP MLA to announce they won’t be seeking re-election after David Forbes and Cathy Sproule both announced their intentions to step away from provincial politics at the end of their term.