Sask NDP Leadership Race - PROFILE - Dwain Lingenfelter
The first candidate into the race for leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party is Dwain Lingenfelter. A former Deputy Premier of Saskatchewan during the Roy Romanow administration, Lingenfelter also served as a cabinet Minister in the government of Premier Allan Blakeney.
Dwain was first elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1978 as MLA for the rural constituency of Shaunavon. During his first term, Premier Allan Blakeney appointed him to serve as Minister of Social Services.
While in opposition during the Grant Devine era, Dwain served as Opposition House Leader. Upon taking government in 1991, he served in Roy Romanow's Cabinet responsible for economic development. In 1995, he was appointed by Premier Roy Romanow as the Deputy Premier of the Province of Saskatchewan and the Minister Responsible for Crown Corporations. Romanow later appointed him as Minister of Agriculture and Food and as Government House Leader.
In July 2000 he announced that he was leaving provincial politics to explore opportunities in the private sector. He became Vice President of Government Relations for Calgary-based energy company Nexen Inc. on September 1, 2000. He contines to operates his family farm near Shaunavon.
Dwain is the clear front runner in the leadership campaign as a result of his experience and knowledge of both the province of Saskatchewan and the operation of government.
-'Lingenfelter For Leader' Homepage
-Dwain's Facebook Page
Buckdog is doing a series of 4 New Democratic leadership candidate profiles over the next week. New Democrats will be electing a new leader to replace Lorne Calvert in June. Profiles will be done in the order that the candidates entered the race.
And while you're at it ... vist the Saskatchewan New Democrat Leadership Campaign Blog!
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