Looking back on 2014, it was a great year for Colleen Young.
After the sudden resignation of former MLA Tim McMillan, Young won the nomination of the Saskatchewan Party, and then went on to win the byelection to fill the vacancy left by McMillan in the Saskatchewan legislature.
While not being in office for a long time, Young said in a year-end interview with the Lloydminster Source that the last year has been a strong one for the province.
“I believe that the state of the province is, in one word, strong. As we all know it has a AAA credit rating and the economy strength and the growth has made it one of the top three places in the world for attractiveness for the oil industry,” Young said. “And that is because of the regulatory industry and the tax structure that has been put in place by this Saskatchewan government.”
Young said that one of the things that has been important to her this year and over the last couple of years, has been the government’s policies of attracting younger generations to the province, and keeping the current crop of young entrepreneurs from leaving.
“That has been shown in the job creation opportunities this government has created for the businesses and people of the province of Saskatchewan,” she said.
Young said that the work that this government has done has created a lot of opportunities for young people.
“Even if you think about the post-secondary programs and the grants that are available for the students of Saskatchewan ... it has given the opportunity for students to take advantage of a potential return on their tuition.”
Young said that this year the province has seen incredible growth with its population size.
“And every year since 2007,” Young said. “That is huge.”
Looking back on her short term in office, when asked if there was any bill that she said was good for the province, Young pointed to the recent amendment to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.
The amendment to the code includes prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of gender identity.
“I think that it is very important, and it puts it in line with other provinces with respect to the human rights code,” she said.
Looking back on 2014, Young said that the latter half of the year has gone by quickly.
“With the nomination, byelection and the three weeks of session, it’s been a whirlwind,” she said.
“There was a lot of catching up to do for sure.” Young said that she has enjoyed the chance to learn and grow more in life.
“I am honoured to be working on behalf of the people of the riding of Lloydminster.”
While 2014 is drawing to a close, and 2015 just on the horizon, Young looks at 2015 as a chance to dig deeper into her new role.
“Before the end of the session, I was assigned to the Human Services Committee in Regina, which is a around health, education, social services and post-secondary education.”
When asked if she was excited about the chance to sit on the Human Services Board, Young jokingly said that the person she replaced gave her some great advice.
“The person I’m replacing was quite excited to leave, and he said that there is a lot of work involved. To me, it’s all about learning and about growing as a person. And if it means more work, so be it.”
With a potential election expected either in 2015, or early 2016, when asked if she plans to stand again for another term as MLA representing Lloydminster in Regina, Young was quick to reply, yes.
“I will be, absolutely. I’m just getting going.”