The Saskatchewan Party has officially nominated Colleen Young as a candidate for the Lloydminster constituency in the next provincial election.
“I am honoured and humbled that the constituents of the Lloydminster riding want me again as their representative,” Young said after her nomination conference Friday evening.
Young became an MLA in November of 2014, after winning a Lloydminster byelection. She replaced MLA Tim McMillan, who resigned from the post to become president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.
At the nomination, Young said the province is well-prepared to handle Saskatchewan’s present economic conditions.
“We aren’t just about oil,” she said. “Our province currently has a lot of mining going on. We were just shown to be the number one place to do mining in Canada, and number two in the world.”
She also pointed to strong business and agricultural developments as reasons for economic optimism, as well as the perseverance and strong nature of Saskatchewan citizens.
Young did, however, acknowledge that the province is going to lose between $600 million and $800 million in the federal government’s revenue-sharing program.
Young pinpointed improving the health care system as her top priority going forward. She said that while funds have been received over the last couple of years, other upgrades remain necessary.
“There are still some challenges in the actual services and how they’re provided,” she explained, “particularly with licensing of practitioners and specialists in this community, as well as our ambulance services.”
Young currently sits on the province’s Human Services Committee, which focuses on health, social services, education and labour. Previously, she spent 20 years as trustee for the Lloydminster Public School Board, a post she resigned from at the end of January so that she could focus more on her role in the legislature.
The MLA also discussed Lloydminster’s Waste Treatment Plant, another hot topic. She said the municipality of Lloydminster has asked the province for financial assistance in building a new Waste Treatment Plant, and that she fully supports that request.
“We’re a city of about 32,000 people,” she said. “The Waste Treatment Plant and Water System that we have here was built, and is still operating, as if we have 15,000 people in our community.”
The Saskatchewan Party, led by Premier Brad Wall, currently holds 49 of the 58 seats in the provincial legislature.
Saskatchewan’s next provincial election is expected to be called sometime during the spring of 2016.