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Saskatoon, Sask. – March 13, 2013 – UFCW Canada activists joined other New Democrats in Saskatoon this past weekend to attend the party's Annual and Leadership Convention to build momentum in the province and stop the anti-worker Saskatchewan Party in the next election.
Representing the largest labour delegation at convention, the UFCW Canada contingent included activists from Locals 248P, 649 and 1400, who combined their efforts to create the convention’s leading force for labour, and the strongest voice for working families and their unions.
Over 800 delegates, observers, media pundits, and guests packed the TCU Place from March 8 –10 to select the party’s new leader, and to participant in other important discussions and actions – including the Stop Bill 85 campaign, led by UFCW Canada activists in Saskatchewan.
When all the votes were counted on Sunday night, Saskatoon Massey Place MLA Cam Broten was elected to become the 11th Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats. Broten's victory marked the end of an exciting leadership race that began in earnest several months ago and attracted thousands of new members to the party.
At convention, activists heard from Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Federal NDP Official Opposition, Megan Leslie, Deputy Leader of the Federal NDP, and Life of Pi author Yann Martel.
"On behalf of all UFCW Canada members in Saskatchewan, I would like to congratulate Cam Broten on his election as leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats. Mr. Broten's years of hard work as an MLA have clearly paid off," says Local 1400 President Norm Neault. "Our Local Unions and Provincial Council havea long and proud tradition of working with the Saskatchewan New Democrats and we look forward to continuing that tradition by helping to elect an NDP government in the next provincial election."