Nadine Wilson involved in a new provincial political party
Wilson was a member of the Saskatchewan Party until she withdrew from the party – but not her seat – last year after claiming to be vaccinated when she was not.
She said that many people who think like her have told her about the new party.
“We have moved around the province, those of us who are like-minded and have found each other. We formed a new movement called Saskatchewan United,” Wilson said.
“It seems to bring hope and unity to people that they are very valued citizens in Saskatchewan and have a place in Saskatchewan. That we are a diverse society and no group should be ridiculed or favored.
Based on a YouTube video with short statements from Wilson, Rutherford and Ritz, Wilson came up with the idea of forming a new political party after Prime Minister Scott Moe said during the COVID-19 restrictions that people who refused to be vaccinated were going to have their lives made uncomfortable.
Moe was referring to public health measures that try to control the spread of COVID by asking the public to wear masks, limit the exposure of others and get vaccinated to relieve overcrowded hospital and intensive care beds.
At its height, the COVID pandemic in Saskatchewan saw the number of critical care beds increased to accommodate patients and 27 people still need to be flown to Ontario for care. Almost all patients were unvaccinated.
Former Battlefords – Lloydminster MP Gerry Ritz said in the video that he also found himself politically homeless after listening to Moe.
“To say I’m frustrated right now would be an understatement. Like many of you, that frustration turned into anger,” he said.
He said the provinces hadn’t promised warrants or passports, then two weeks later they were in place. Ritz also referenced Moe’s comment about being uncomfortable.
He also said agriculture is a shared jurisdiction between the federal and provincial governments, but that seems to be changing.
“I see that has changed lately. I see the provinces acquiescing to the federal government that has led us through dead end after dead end, while spending huge amounts of money,” Ritz said.
Rutherford is also a resident of the Battlefords-Lloydminster constituency and ran under the Maverick party banner in the last election.
He limits his political comments in the video, but asks people to support the party by adding their names to the signatures needed to register with Elections Saskatchewan.
According to the Elections SK website, a potential party must have 2,500 signatures, with 1,000 living in at least 10 different constituencies that need at least 100 voters.
Once registered, a party can incur expenses, solicit and receive donations, be part of the political contribution tax regime, and field candidates for election.
Six parties are already registered including the Buffalo Party, NPD, PC Party, Sask. Green Party, Sask. Liberal Party and the Saskatchewan Party.