Cypress candidate proves to be a man of Steele for Sask. Party

Written by  Craig Baird
Doug Steele listens intently during the celebration at the Palliser Pavilion April 4.

It was a night to remember for Doug Steele, former reeve of the R.M. of Gull Lake and now Member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan.

Replacing Wayne Elhard as the Saskatchewan Party’s representative for Cypress, Steele spent the past month campaigning hard throughout the riding in an effort to win the election and begin his new career in Regina.
In the end, it was a landslide victory for Steele who took home 5,730 votes, nearly 5,000 more than his next closest challenger, Barb Genert of the NDP. Progressive Conservative John Goohsen picked up third place with 381 votes while Marie Crowe of the Green Party and Charles Tait of the Liberals took 133 and 98 votes respectively.
Prior to the election results coming in, Steele was excited about the future and had happy memories of the past month.
“I think it (the campaign) was very positive. I enjoyed being out there and meeting the people,” Steele said. “I couldn’t have done it without my campaign team. They were out there on the front lines doing a lot of things. Without a campaign team like we had, I don’t think it would be possible to get out to all the communities we had.”
With his campaign office in Gull Lake, Steele spent a great deal of time knocking on doors and visiting communities throughout the Cypress Hills constituency. The hard work paid off with 61 per cent of voters coming out, and 7,206 votes being cast in the riding, most for Steele.
Over the course of the campaign, Steele met with a lot of constituents and talked to them about the issues. This part of the campaign became the favourite part of the process for him.
“Meeting the people and sitting down and talking to them. They are so welcoming. I can’t say I had a bad experience the whole campaign,” Steele said.
By 8:30 p.m. on election night April 4, it was clear Steele was going to win the election and he took the stage at Swift Current’s Palliser Pavilion to thank everyone for giving him the chance to represent them. Joined on stage by his wife Phyllis and daughter Brittany, he was met with cheers.
“Thank you to the people of the Cypress Hills constituency who believed in me and voted me. I am honoured to represent you as my MLA and I will work hard on your behalf,” Steele said. “I am looking forward to my new role. I am looking forward to working with the team gathering here tonight. It is going to be good.”
Talking of Elhard, Steele had great pride for his predecessor, but was looking forward to meeting new challenges in his own way.
“Wayne, he represented our constituency really well. Wayne had his way of leading our constituency and I have my own thoughts from past experiences that I would like to implement.”
Moving forward, Steele is hoping to bring his municipal level experience as reeve of an R.M. to the Legislature to help make a difference on the provincial level.
“I had a few years of working at a municipal level and that level I had a number of successes. When the opportunity knocked, I thought I would take a chance and pursue it.”

via SW Sask News – Prairie Post – Prairie Post

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