Colleen Young was sworn in as the newest MLA for Saskatchewan Monday morning, after a landslide victory in last week’s byelection.
Young, who was emotional during her victory speech, said that she was thankful to the voters of Lloydminster for sending her a message.
“I am honoured to be able to represent this constituency of Lloydminster. I’m looking forward to the work that I will be doing on their behalf,” she said.
Young said that while the victory is still fresh, hard work begins tomorrow.
“There is still work to do, as much as the campaign and that is over, and the writ period is over ... there is a lot to learn, and there will be lots to learn about the procedures in the assembly as well,” she said.
Premier Brad Wall, who is currently in India, told the Lloydminster Source Friday afternoon that Young will make an excellent MLA for the people of Lloydminster.
“She brings a lot of experience in education and all of her endeavours. We are glad to have her.”
Young took home 64 per cent of the votes. The NDP’s Wayne Byers was second with 29 per cent.
Wall said that he was impressed that the numbers roughly stayed the same compared to the general election in 2011.
“The numbers stayed roughly the same, and we are appreciative of that,” Wall said. “The message I got from the byelection, from the people of Lloydminster, is that we are on the right track.”
Byers, who has been the candidate for the NDP in three of the last four elections, said that while the campaign was short, he accomplished what he set out to do in the byelection.
“It’s been a quick 25 days, but sometimes it did feel like a long 25 days. It’s a campaign that we started out ... and with the weather the way it has been, there has been some challenges,” he said.
“It’s not always possible to get the message out in the (25-day) timeframe. It would have been nice to have a bit more time.”
Byers said that he believes the NDP ran a good campaign, “and got the message out on affordable housing in the riding of Lloydminster.”
The byelection was called following the resignation of former MLA Tim McMillan, who stepped down at the end of September.
Liberal Party Leader Darrin Lamoureux and PC Party candidate Randall Edge both finished with three per cent of the votes. The Green Party’s Luke Bonsan had two per cent.
Following the results, NDP Leader Cam Broten, who was in Lloydminster for the byelection results, said that while the results weren’t in the NDP favour, he still congratulates the newest MLA for the hard fought campaign.
“Congratulations to Colleen Young on her win in the Lloydminster byelection,” Broten said.
“Snap byelections are strange beasts. We knew going into this byelection things would be very tough,” Broten said on Twitter.
Wall jokingly said in an interview that it was the NDP who initially called for a snap byelection after McMillan stepped down.
“It was their own house leader that called for the byelection to be called sooner rather than later,” Wall said.
Elections Saskatchewan officials said that there was a potential 13,000 voters eligible to vote in Thursday election and only 2,793 votes were cast. Only an estimated 21.48 per cent cast votes in the advance polls and on election day.
That is a drop of 18 per cent voter turn out compared to the general election in 2011.
Bonsan received 49 votes, Byers received 808 votes, Edge received 70 votes, Lamoureux garnered 77 votes, while Young got 1,789 votes.
The results are still unofficial.