Endorsements

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People all across the province are stepping up to tell us why they've joined our movement for a better Saskatchewan.

Scroll down to see what they have to say, and add your voice.

Will you endorse?

Michael Karras

Vice-Principal, 2016 NDP candidate in Saskatoon Southeast, and advocate with Learning Disabilities Association of Saskatchewan (LDAS) Saskatoon.
Ryan believes we should have a Saskatchewan-made approach that actually supports agriculture and the farming community.

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Joy Crawford

President of the Saskatchewan New Democrat Women and President of the federal NDP Council of Electoral District Associations
I believe a vision is much needed. Ryan, with his passion for a healthy society, has relentlessly pursued this dream with SWITCH - Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health, Upstream, his work in Mozambique and at the University of Saskatchewan. It is because of this dream and the possibility of realizing it that I offer my personal endorsement of Ryan's candidacy.

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Joe Fafard

artist, sculpture
Ryan comes at this from a new perspective, from a profession that is not political in nature, but focused on taking care of people. That's what we need again in Saskatchewan.

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Ted Jaleta

runner, coach, humanitarian, Saskatchewan Sports Hall-of-Famer, refugee, immigrant, and the 2016 NDP candidate in Regina Coronation Park
In his work as a doctor, as an educator and as an advocate for better social policy, Dr. Meili has demonstrated he is a fair and compassionate individual who understands the people of the province.

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Glenn Wright

P. Eng., former federal and provincial NDP candidate, farmer, activist.
Ryan shares my concerns about the environment, real reconciliation, strengthening our crown corporations, and working toward a deeper democracy.

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Cara-Faye Merasty

Prince Albert lawyer, 2017 CBC Future 40 winner
I firmly believe Ryan Meili can and will work to improve the lives of every person from every walk of life in Saskatchewan.

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Eric Cline

former MLA Saskatoon Idylwyld (1991 - 1995), former MLA Saskatoon Mount Royal (1995 - 2003), former MLA Saskatoon Massey Place (2003 - 2007), former Cabinet Minister
As a strong believer in fiscal responsibility, a healthy economy and activist government, I will proudly cast my ballot for Ryan Meili as the next leader of our party.

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Paul Meinema

National President of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada)
Ryan’s plan to support workers, strengthen labour rights, and remove barriers to employment will help foster healthy workplaces, communities, and families across the province.

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Alison Robertson

co-chair of Poverty Costs and the Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction, and CBC Future 40 winner
Ryan has a deep understanding and appreciation for our province and genuinely cares about making Saskatchewan a better place to live.

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Christopher Strain

former Regina Organizer for the SaskCrowns campaign, 2016 Toronto Labour Council-endorsed candidate to replace the late Rob Ford
With Ryan Meili, we have a chance to bring back integrity to Saskatchewan politics after too many instances of dishonesty and corruption.

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Paula Krasiun-Winsel

activist, NDP Federal Councillor for Saskatchewan, former co-chair of Canada’s New Democratic Youth
I’m inspired by the future that he represents; one that looks beyond simple taglines and empty rhetoric. Saskatchewan deserves a leader who dares to dream, and, as a dreamer myself, I see those qualities in Ryan.

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Allan Oliver

former MLA for Shaunavon (1971-1975)
Ryan knows our needs and our hopes for a better future. He will lead us to victory in the next general election.

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Berny Wiens

former NDP Cabinet Minister, former president of the Saskatchewan School Trustees Association and the Canadian School Board Association, former MLA Rosetown-Elrose (1991 - 1995), former MLA Rosetown-Biggar (1995 - 1999)
I've been watching Ryan for the last 10 years and am encouraged by his genuine commitment to community.

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Pat Trask

president of the Saskatchewan Seniors Association, author
Ryan is my choice, he has the ability to take us forward to the type of province that Saskatchewan people need and desire.

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Justice Noon

Community activist, Saskatoon university student
Ryan Meili sees the importance and relevance of First Nations people and the culture it has in Saskatchewan; he is an ally.

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Ashlee Hicks

2016 NDP candidate for Moosomin
He recognizes that First Nation and Métis peoples are a fundamental strength of our province, and that we've got serious challenges to making Saskatchewan a place where people from all communities are able to thrive.

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Leon Thompson

Plains Cree (Nēhiyawēwin) graduate of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law
Ryan stands in stark contrast to the current government, to the current way of doing things. He wants to appoint a new Treaty commissioner, to improve the social determinants of health in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, and to share prosperity across all of the province. He wants the policies of government to reflect the diversity of the peoples in Saskatchewan.

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Darrin Qualman

Former research director at the National Farmers Union, writer, researcher
Ryan Meili possesses a unique blend of qualities that make him an exceptional leader and future premier.

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Corey Atkinson

2016 NDP candidate for Moose Jaw North, reporter
I’m happy to support Ryan in his campaign to become leader because his platform holds true to the original ideals of the party: fairness, compassion and a better province for all.

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Vanessa Spencer

Community activist
He believes in equality for everyone and genuinely cares about the needs of diverse communities.

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CUPE Local 974

CUPE Local 974
CUPE Local 974 proudly announces our endorsement of Ryan Meili, in the NDP leadership race.

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Jennifer Bowes

2016 NDP candidate for Saskatoon University
Ryan has the intelligence, integrity, and vision to lead our party into government. More crucially, he is committed to doing so in a way that will ensure Saskatchewan is at the forefront of truly progressive public policy.

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Ron Fisher

Former MP for Saskatoon - Dundurn (1988-1993)
Ryan speaks with the courage of his convictions. That kind of bold leadership is exactly what the party needs to grow and win.

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Steve J. Odera

2016 NDP candidate in Saskatoon Stonebridge-Dakota, scientist
Ryan is one of the most effective and responsive leaders I have ever worked with. He offers a new and unique brand of politics that is people-centred, consultative and that will take Saskatchewan to the next heights

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Yann Martel

Novelist, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, New York Times Bestseller
I believe in Ryan Meili because the time has come to change how we do politics. If we address the thousand-and-one small ways in which individuals and families go wrong, then we'll start addressing the ten ways in which our societies are going wrong.

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Harry Leslie Smith

Internationally known activist, author of Harry's Last Stand
Ryan Meili would make a brilliant leader of the NDP and premier of Saskatchewan.

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Rylee Ann Schuhmacher

Chair of Sask NDP Rainbow Pride, member of the provincial executive
I'm happy to be endorsing Ryan Meili for Saskatchewan NDP leader. I'm supporting Ryan because he's a leader and ally where and when it counts.

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Kirsten Samson

Member of the Student Council for the College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan Senator, actively engaged student politician
And that’s what really gets me about Ryan. He’s in politics because he cares.

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Danny Papadatos

co-chair Saskatoon Pride Festival
Ryan is the type of leader who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get the job done.

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Joseph Naytowhow

Award winning Plains/Woodland Cree (Nēhiyawēwin) artist from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band
It’s an honour to support Ryan Meili as he positions himself respectfully within the political arena of Saskatchewan.

I love the philosophy of inclusivity that he speaks to and acts on as a member of the NDP.

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Linda Osachoff

Canora-Pelly NDP riding association president
There are different ways to lead, different ways to govern — leading by example by offering up solutions that just make sense and working with those who may not agree with our philosophy to ensure an inclusive perspective is always considered.

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David D’eon

USSU President
Ryan's platform presents a vision for us to move beyond adequate towards exceptional, and I’m thrilled to see Ryan talk about a stable funding model that will allow students to successfully plan for their future.

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Matt Chilliak

Former President of USask NDP, political organizer
Electing Ryan to lead the Saskatchewan NDP represents a fresh start.

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Tajinder Grewal

Saskatchewan NDP - Vice President, PhD, P.Ag
Ryan believes in real democracy and has a concrete action plan to take big money out of politics. Ryan will inspire and excite the people of Saskatchewan with a shared vision for a better future.

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Alex Taylor

former NDP Social Services Minister (1971-1975)
I’m supporting Ryan because I see in him a fresh approach to politics that I believe will serve the people of Saskatchewan.

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Sally Mahood

Family doctor, U of S Faculty Member in Academic Family Medicine
Ryan lives his knowledge of the steps necessary to achieve a healthy society in his day-to-day work in inner city medicine, his international medical work, his research, his teaching, and his strong policy advocacy. He translates good ideas into practical action and motivates others to work alongside him for real change.

This is just the sort of leadership the NDP – and the province – needs.

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Liz James

Blogger, mother
Ryan is the sort of person that I can (and do) bump into at the farmer's market and greet with "I have concerns with the paradigms underlying our approach to addictions treatment" or "I need your opinion on the grade eight Treaty curriculum".

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Mark Wartman

Former NDP MLA of Regina Qu'Appelle Valley (1999 to 2007), former NDP Agriculture Minister
Ryan's vision for a healthier society, and his proven ability to see what needs to be done and act decisively and with courage to implement that vision, are truly inspiring.

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Shirley Dixon

labour activist, retired postal worker, past municipal candidate
I believe in Ryan's vision for taking the party forward.

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Libby Davies

NDP Deputy Leader (2007 - 2015), Member of the Order of Canada, Former MP for Vancouver East (1997 - 2015), NDP House Leader (2003 - 2011)
Everything about Ryan inspires and impresses me.

His demonstrated commitment to making change in a profound and inclusive way. He’s the real deal and we need him — not only in Saskatchewan but for all of us across the country.

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Shayne Lazarowich

Executive Director of the Prince Albert Multicultural Council, musician with Saskatchewan-based recording artists All Mighty Voice, 2016 NDP Candidate in Prince Albert-Carlton
Ryan Meili believes in diversity and inclusiveness. We deserve leadership that is respectful, honest, and worthy of its citizens.

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Shane Partridge

community leader, member of Saskatoon-Riversdale NDP Executive, Indigenous NDP wing Executive, a member of Str8-Up
I know Ryan is the right candidate, that can take and create some real change, fighting for every one of us, not just travelling the province, costing us more, to hear more of what the citizens of this province have been saying for a decade, without getting anything done.

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Lon Borgerson

Former NDP MLA for Sask Rivers (2003 -2007)
I want our party to be led by someone with vision, hope and creativity. I see these qualities in Ryan Meili.

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Jaris Swidrovich

First Nations pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation, creator and chair of a national aboriginal health pharmacist specialty network
Saskatchewan needs Ryan Meili.

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Tom Mulcair

Former NDP leader
Ryan has the credibility, experience and expertise to be seen as a Premier in waiting. He would be a national player with an extraordinary ability to speak to the complex environmental, social and economic issues of our times

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Michael Linklater

Top FIBA 3x3 basketball player, Founder of Boys with Braids, 2014 CBC Future 40 People's Choice Award winner
I support Ryan because he gives a voice to the people who are rarely heard. Ryan embodies true leadership and I am behind him 100%”

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Nigel Detbrenner-Rempel

Former president of SYND, former co-president of the USask NDP student group, and formerly the USSU Member of Student Council for St. Thomas More College
Ryan has the ability to connect with people from all walks of life, whether it be in rural Saskatchewan or downtown Saskatoon. It’s this ability that will make Ryan a great leader and an exceptional premier.

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Peter Garden

Community activist, Owner of Turning the Tide Books
Ryan and his supporters have the potential to breathe new life into the NDP, refocus the role of politics on making the lives of people in our communities better, and begin repairing the relationship between settlers and Indigenous communities.

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Deena Kapacila

USSU VP Operations and Finance Operations and Finance
All of Ryan’s policies have an incredible amount of foresight. This policy increases accessibility to post-secondary education, and in doing so keeps young people in the province.

This type of foresight and investment in people is what Saskatchewan was built on. I’m incredibly excited to endorse a candidate who believes in and embraces those values.

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Trevor Herriott

Prairie naturalist, activist, and writer
No one else has the sustained sense of direction and a vision of how to create, step by step, the necessary economic and social changes on a scale much longer than the four-year electoral cycle. No one else has what it will take to inspire the next generation and shift the political conversation in this province towards wellbeing and equality for many years to come.

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Georgina Jolibois

MP Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River
Ryan has built strong connections throughout the North, in communities like Pinehouse, Patuanak, Ile a-la-Crosse, Dillon, La Ronge and more. He listens to people's concerns and works to understand the challenges and strengths of Northern communities.

I endorse Ryan Meili as leader of the Saskatchewan NDP.

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Don Kossick

Saskatoon organizer, broadcaster, community builder
Ryan Meili thinks outside the box. He recognizes that old ways are not going to work to move Saskatchewan forward.

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Larissa Shasko

Former Sask Green Party leader
Ryan is an innovative thinker with an exciting and transformative vision for our province. This is an opportunity for the people of Saskatchewan and the entire world to benefit from having a champion of real action on climate change as the next Premier of Saskatchewan.

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Peter Prebble

Former NDP MLA Saskatoon Sutherland (1978 - 1982), former NDP MLA Saskatoon University from (1986 - 1991), former NDP MLA Saskatoon Greystone from (1999 - 2007), former NDP Cabinet Minister
Under Ryan’s leadership, Saskatchewan’s next NDP government would be well equipped to build a more equitable society, and a more environmentally sustainable province — a great legacy to leave to current and future generations.

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Joanne Roy

Waterhen Lake First Nation (Sîkîp Sâkahikan) Chief
I'm supporting Ryan. I see hope for the First Nations people with his leadership. I see the caring for our people and am excited about the future.

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Betsy Bury

2017 Governor General's Award Recipient, Pioneer of the Saskatchewan Community Clinics and medicare
I am pleased to support Ryan for leader of the party, because of his experience over the years as a family doctor working with underprivileged people, he knows what it will take to eliminate poverty.

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Sheri Benson

MP for Saskatoon West
Saskatchewan people are looking for a leader who understands the challenges they are facing. Ryan’s dedication to improving the health of his community illustrates that he is that leader.

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Norm Neault, UFCW Provincial Council, UFCW Local 1400

President - UFCW Local 1400
Ryan Meili is taking on the corruption in our political system and this government’s anti-worker policies requires bold thinking and big ideas.

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Don Mitchell

Moose Jaw City Councillor
We, together with Ryan, can fundamentally change the direction of this party and this province.

We need to share his practice of community engagement as a party. Under Ryan's leadership in Saskatchewan, we can become a movement which links with progressive causes nationally and internationally.

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Julee Sanderson

President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers - Prairie Region
I offer my personal support to Ryan Meili because Ryan has been a leader in the fight for equality and fairness. I look forward to the day when an NDP government leads this province, shares the principles of working families and values the struggle of the working class.

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Jason Hammond

Blogger, librarian
There are numerous reasons I think Ryan Meili is the right choice for this party. 

His upbringing in rural Saskatchewan. The fact that he’s a doctor which is one of the most trusted professions in our society at a time when people’s trust of “typical” politicians is broken.  His proven ability to fundraise, utilize social media, and inspire new members of the party.  But the fact that he’s an author, a lover of language, and a long-time advocate for libraries are the reasons that are closest to my heart.

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Stewart Wells

full-time farmer, former Director of the Canadian Wheat Board, President of the National Farmers Union, and Delegate to Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
Ryan’s farm background will help him create and implement ag policy that will strengthen Saskatchewan’s innovative agricultural base.

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Dennel Pickering

union activist, 2016 NDP candidate in in Saskatoon Northwest
We can do better. I believe Ryan's interested in leading this province for the right reasons. He's exactly who we need to create positive change in Saskatchewan.

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Bodean Desjarlais

Ile a-la-Crosse Town Councillor, EMT
Dr. Ryan Meili is a very caring individual who will take care of all of Saskatchewan.

When I think of moving forward, closing the gaps and building a strong province from corner to corner I have no doubt Ryan is ready to lead.

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Randonn Swann

Community activist
I like Ryan's ideas, not just about what makes a society healthy, and what can uplift us all, but about how to do politics differently by taking the high road. Politicians don't have to ugly to each other.

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April Chiefcalf

NORTEP Coordinator of Program Development, NORTEP Instructor (Indigenous Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Educational Foundations)
I remain convinced that Ryan Meili is the best candidate to lead the NDP into the next election and the province in 2020. He speaks from the heart and has a clear vision for a province that includes everyone.

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Joan Bell & Harold Chapman

life-long leaders, community organizers
I’m inspired by the way Ryan Meili describes ways to improve the determinants of health to drive political change and achieve prosperity for all.

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Elizabeth Plishka

USSU Help Centre Coordinator, Health Studies student
Ryan understands that one of the keys to a healthier society is education. I appreciate his dedication to reducing barriers, such as tuition, that can make it impossible for some to attend a post-secondary institute.

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Dallas Fiddler

U of S student
I believe Ryan is the person who can take the party and province in a positive direction. He has a vision for a future we can all be excited about, and I know he can get the job done.

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Linsey Thornton

Teacher, 2016 NDP candidate for Melfort
For too long, politicians have only looked at the symptoms rather than the actual problems facing society. Ryan's forward-thinking, common sense approach focuses on our province's most valuable resource, its people.

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Cathy Sproule

MLA for Saskatoon Nutana
I care deeply about this party, I care deeply about the damage the Sask Party has done to this province, and I care deeply about building a better future for all of us.

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