Where were you born?
I grew up on a farm outside Courval, 45 miles southwest of Moose Jaw.
What’s a little known fact about you?
I’m an avid swimmer and really enjoy long distance swims in Saskatchewan lakes.
Why should voters hire you?
I bring a new approach to politics that puts the emphasis on what matters most – our health and wellbeing – with practical ideas for how to improve the lives of Saskatchewan people.
Who should we call for a reference?
What is your greatest strength?
Persistence. I’m deeply committed to addressing inequalities and building opportunity for Saskatchewan people and I don’t give up.
What is your greatest weakness?
The flip side of every strength is a weakness. I can be stubborn and single-minded in pursuing goals.
What would you do to grow the economy and increase provincial revenues?
Invest in what makes the biggest difference in our economy: Saskatchewan people. Investments in early childhood education, housing, health, and other core supports improve our lives and lead to greater economic growth.
What would you do to reduce the deficit?
Be more selective in major spending rather than losing great sums on pet projects. Avoid cuts to human services as this slows the economy, increasing the time to reducing the deficit. Seek additional revenue from the companies that benefit most from Saskatchewan resources.
What was the last book you read?
Kurt Vonnegut Collected Short Stories
What is your favourite TV show?
Where do you stand on the Leap Manifesto and how would you distinguish yourself from your federal counterparts?
Our response to climate change need to be designed in Saskatchewan, not imported from outside.
When your alarm goes off in the morning, how many times do you hit the snooze button?
I have two sons, Abe (6 years) and Gus (6 months). What alarm?
There have been issues of sexual harassment in your party? How would you seek to make your workplace a safer place to be?
We have a strong policy in place and need to ensure it is followed. We also have to build a culture of support for those who come forward, taking swift action to ensure a safe environment for everyone. There is no place for sexual harassment in the NDP or any party and we need to lead by example.
Health care remains a major priority. How would you address health care needs in Saskatchewan and how would you balance that with the private options that currently exist here?
For the last decade I served on the board of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, an organization that brings an evidence-based approach to health care reform. Universal, publicly funded health care is the best model for quality, accessible, affordable care. We need to expand and improve our public system rather than pursuing for-profit, user-pay options.
Who inspires you and why?
Mahli Brindamour is an incredibly smart, compassionate and dedicated pediatrician working with refugee patients and in northern clinics. She’s also an amazing mom to Abe and Gus, the love of my life, and my most honest critic. She inspires me every day.
Is a carbon tax inevitable? What will you do to work with the federal government on this issue?
The federal government is going ahead with carbon pricing. We can complain fruitlessly about this, or we can take the opportunity to design a made-in-Saskatchewan approach that brings in new jobs in green energy, protects families and producers and decreases our emissions. As a result of the intransigence of the Sask Party we’ve already foregone tens of millions of dollars in federal funds and have made ourselves vulnerable to having a plan made in Ottawa imposed on us.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Singing loudly in the car on the way home from debates.
What is currently on your playlist and which song are you most embarrassed to have on the list?
I’ve been listening to the Barr Brothers, the Fast Romantics, Alex Cuba, William Prince and Colter Wall. I get an inordinate amount of pleasure out of the song Blue Magic by Son Little.
It’s a day off and you can have anything you want for dinner. What would it be?
I’d make enchiladas with homemade corn tortillas.
If you could sit down for dinner with any famous historical figure, who would it be and why?
It may be a Saskatchewan political cliché, but I was too young to meet Tommy Douglas and I’d love to ask him about how today compares to his time and what he sees as the possibilities for change in ours.