Longtime federal NDP candidate in Saskatchewan won't step up again

The Canadian Press
August 13, 2014 10:46 AM

SASKATOON - A longtime candidate for the federal NDP in Saskatchewan has announced she won't seek another nomination in the 2015 federal election.

Nettie Wiebe says she feels the Saskatoon West riding is in a good position.

Wiebe ran for the New Democrats in the last four elections and narrowly lost to the Conservative candidate each time.

She says she'll remain politically active, but in different ways.

"I have no intention of leaving the political arena. I just decided that it's time. I've been in the batter's box a lot. It's time to take a different place on the bench."

Her decision was partly motivated by family reasons, she explained.

"We have our first grandson as of January and that has changed my perspective a bit and given me another range of focus."

A new NDP candidate for the Saskatoon West riding is to be chosen at a nomination convention this fall.

Wiebe is a professor at St. Andrews College in Saskatoon.


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