Regina Walsh Acres MLA Derek Meyers dies at the age of 45

Regina Walsh Acres MLA Derek Meyers has died.

Meyers passed away at the age of 45 after a battle with cancer.

He was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 2020 after being a Regina journalist and television personality for over a decade, including being a guest on 620 CKRM’s Sportscage.

Premier Scott Moe made the announcement via Twitter.

“Today is a difficult day as we mourn the loss of our friend and colleague,” he said. “Through all of the challenges he faced, Derek remained one of the most upbeat and positive people I have ever met. Since his election in 2020, Derek has been a strong voice for his constituency and the city of Regina, a tireless advocate on behalf of everyone facing mental health challenges and a vital part of our government caucus.”

“We have lost a bright, talented, personable MLA and a young father far too soon,” Moe continued.

Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck said the loss of Meyers marks a devasting day at the Legislature.

“Our hearts go out to Derek’s family, friends, and colleagues as we all grieve this loss,” she said. “I want to echo the Premier’s sentiments about Derek’s positivity and his ability to always elicit a hearty laugh. He will be sorely missed.”

“Derek was a dedicated advocate for his community, even throughout his diagnosis, and his passion for the betterment of Saskatchewan was admired by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

The Saskatchewan Roughriders also reacted to the news of Meyer’s passing.

“Prior to running for office, Meyers spent a decade covering sports in the province of Saskatchewan and spent countless hours with us at old Mosaic Stadium telling the stories of our players, coaches and team,” the organization said. “His quick wit, sense of humour, and kindness will be missed by all who knew him.”

Flags will be lowered to half mast at the legislative assembly in honour of Meyers.

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