NDP caucus plans in Lloyd


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September 30, 2014 9:34 AM

Cam Broten, leader of the Saskatchewan NDP, and the entire NDP caucus will be in Lloydminster from Oct. 1-3, planning strategy for the upcoming fall session. - File Photo

Lloydminster is about to turn a little more orange.

On Wednesday, Cam Broten and the entire NDP Saskatchewan caucus will meet in Lloydminster for three days to plan for the fall session.

Erin Morrison, communications director of the Saskatchewan NDP, said that starting Wednesday, the entire NDP caucus will be in Lloydminster planning for the upcoming fall session.

“All nine MLAs will be in a room with staff members, planning out the fall session, and they will be discussing any priorities that the (NDP) believe need to focus on in the upcoming session,” she said.

As well as planning for the fall session, Morrison said that the caucus will be reconnecting with each other and hearing about the issues that each caucus member heard while travelling the province during the summer months.

“They will have a short period of time to get caught up so they can get ready to roll for the fall,” she said.

Along with fall session prep, the team will be meeting with local organizations when they are in the riding.

Every year, the NDP chooses a different location around the province to meet to plan the upcoming fall session. Last year was in the town of Watrous, Sask.

“The primary purpose of the trip is plan out the fall session, but a lot of the MLAs have spent time over the summer meeting with the stakeholders in different groups and door knocking around the province,” said Morrison. “So now is the time that there is a formal report back on the summer months.” Morrison added that everything gathered will be a blueprint for the upcoming fall session.

Morrison said that each MLA has a great agenda lined up for the three days that they are in the Border City.

“(Each MLA) will be meeting with public and private members of the area,” she said.

Morrison said that those meetings are with stakeholders in health care, education and economic development.

Wayne Byers, president of the Lloydminster Saskatchewan NDP, said the riding association will be holding an event at the Best Canadian Motor Inn, on Oct. 2.

Byers said that everyone is invited to the event, and the night will be more informal than anything else.

Broten was in Lloydminster in August, when he met with seniors’ groups and other local organizations.

The timing of the event comes on the first day that MLA Tim McMillan officially steps down as MLA of Lloydminster, sparking a byelection in the riding.

The last time the riding was held by an NDP MLA was in 1999, when Violet Stanger held the riding for nine years.

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