Local issues are dominating byelection: Young

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November 4, 2014 9:40 AM

Saskatchewan Party candidate Colleen Young meeting with residents ahead of the Nov. 13 byelection. - Christopher W. Brown Photo

In a byelection, candidates can hear numerous issues at the doorsteps when canvassing.

Colleen Young, the Saskatchewan Party candidate in the Nov. 13 byelection, said that she is hearing more local issues at the doorstep, when door knocking.

“In this community, there are more local issues being addressed, I think overall the province has done very well for the people of Saskatchewan,” she said.

“I think people are recognizing what this government has done over the last seven years and they are appreciative of it.”

Young said that while she hasn’t heard many complaints about the last seven years, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they aren’t talking to her about the issues.

“There are some local issues that people would want to see brought to the forefront,” she said.

As to what those issues are, Young said they differ from community to community.

“One of the things that I am hearing is the long-term care services and facilities, in my role, if I am elected on Nov. 13, is to make sure that I have an important meeting with the minister of Health and make him aware of some of those things that he hasn’t been provided information on,” she said.

Young has travelled across the riding since her nomination on Oct. 18. Last Wednesday, she was in Frenchman’s Butte, and was up in Pierceland after that.

“The important thing with a riding like Lloydminster is to get out to meet people. I was out in Frenchman’s Butte (last week) and met with 15 to 16 seniors and one of their issues that I heard was making sure that there are resources to continue their museum and history of their community.”

Young added that she heard from the group that they were looking to the government to help them with some of that funding.

As for the tone of the byelection, Young said that it’s been a positive experience for her and for the Saskatchewan Party.

“It’s been very good for the Saskatchewan Party,” Young said. “And for me as well, as the candidate in the riding. There have been very few issues of complaints out there.”

Young said that she hasn’t heard much about things that have happened in the past seven years.

When asked how she felt going up against a slate of five candidates in the byelection, Young said that no matter the size of the slate of candidates she is more concerned about meeting with as many people as possible.

“I have been working hard since the day right after the nomination to make sure that I’m out and about to make sure that I’m approachable to the people and that they feel comfortable in supporting my candidacy on Nov. 13.”

Young, who is currently on leave from the Lloydminster Public School Division board, said she will be at the byelection debate tonight at 7 p.m.

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