Ryan Meili resigning as Saskatoon Meewasin MLA

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Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili speaks on the west lawn of the provincial legislature on May 13, 2021. (Bryan Eneas/CBC - image credit)
Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili speaks on the west lawn of the provincial legislature on May 13, 2021. (Bryan Eneas/CBC - image credit)

Ryan Meili's time with the Saskatchewan NDP is coming to an end.

Meili announced on Thursday, the last day of the spring legislative session, that he's stepping down as MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin. He said his last day filling the seat will be July 1.

He thanked a number of colleagues, friends and family members who were in attendance at the legislature — especially his wife, Mahli Brindamour.

"Thank you for all you are in my life. Thank you for being such a great pediatrician. I admire the work you do and the advocacy you do so much. But above all, thank you for being with me," he said.

Premier Scott Moe acknowledged Meili's resignation during the sitting and offered a special welcome to Meili's supporters who were on hand at the legislature.

Moe also had a message for Meili's two young sons about their father.

"I would just say to the two of you that he has done some good work in this legislative assembly and the two of you can be proud."

Meili became the Saskatoon Meewasin MLA in 2017 after a byelection win.

During the last provincial election, in 2020, Meili won his seat in Saskatoon Meewasin with 51 per cent of the vote.

Meili's resignation comes after he announced in February that he was also stepping down as the party's leader, although he said he would stay on until a new leader is chosen.

Meili has been the NDP leader since March 2018, after two failed attempts to become party leader in 2009 and 2012.

In October 2021, Meili received 72 per cent support from NDP delegates at the party's annual convention. A total of 124 delegates, or 28 per cent, voted to hold a leadership review.

The party is now set to choose its fourth leader since Lorne Calvert's retirement in 2008.

The leadership vote is scheduled for June in Regina. The two candidates so far are Regina Lakeview NDP MLA Carla Beck and Saskatoon lawyer Kaitlyn Harvey.

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