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Sask. NDP leadership candidate Ryan Meili wants province to be renewable energy, pharmacare leader – Saskatchewan

Two men are vying to be the leader of the opposition in Saskatchewan’s legislature. Ryan Meili was the first to announce his bid for NDP leadership.

The MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin is no stranger to the race, having run twice previously to lead the party.

NDP members will elect a leader on March 3 in Regina.

Leading up to that decision CBC Saskatchewan will sit down with each of the leadership hopefuls. On Tuesday, the CBC’s Jill Morgan spoke with Meili.

Jill Morgan: A lot of people would have quit after a couple of leadership losses. What makes you think this one will be successful?

Ryan Meili: Well, I do think persistence is a value. It took me three times to get into medical school and that worked out OK. Sometimes you just have to keep trying when something’s important.

What seems to be different about this time around is being an elected member of the legislature has taken away any questions that people had about whether or not I’d succeed in that format. And I think the other thing is that there’s maybe a bit more of a recognition among party members, there really is time for us to change, time for us to be a bit more bold in the types of ideas that we’re putting forward.

JM: How do you consider yourself the better person to take on that change in leadership as opposed to Trent Wotherspoon?

RM: What I’m really hearing from the membership is that there is that desire for a new approach and that for too long our way of approaching elections has been to criticize the Sask. Party — as much as we do have to point out the flaws there.

But we have been reluctant to be really clear about what kind of things we’re wanting to achieve. And coming from where I do, coming as a family physician and from the work I’ve done with Upstream and writing the healthy society book, there’s a set of ideas and an approach that focuses on the health and well being of the people of the province as the primary goal, and the types of investments, types of…

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