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Lawyer Doug Racine seeks NDP nomination in Saskatchewan Rivers

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Submitted photo. Lawyer and military veteran Doug Racine is seeking the NDP nomination in Saskatchewan Rivers.

Lawyer and military veteran Doug Racine announced Tuesday his intention to seek the NDP nomination in the Saskatchewan Rivers province.

Racine served in the Army for 12 years before leaving to pursue a law degree in 1990. He practiced law for 25 years, with his headquarters at Muskeg Lake Cree Urban Reserve in Saskatoon.

In a press release announcing his intentions, Racine said he wanted to help make Saskatchewan a place where future generations can live proudly.

“Under the watch of the Saskatchewan Party, health care has collapsed, (and) our children's education has fallen behind the corporate friends of the Sask. Party, but the biggest issue of this election may well be 'honesty and integrity,'” Racine said. “The SUP and SP appear to lack both – enough is enough.”

Racine has worked primarily in the area of ​​Indigenous law and has served as legal counsel in several matters related to resource extraction. He is also the founder of the Aboriginal Law Group. He lives in the constituency with his wife, University of Regina professor Cindy Hanson.

In the release, Racine said support for the NDP runs deep in his family, with his grandmother speaking fondly of attending Tommy Douglas' church and working on his campaigns.

Before joining the Army, Racine was a registered hunting guide and spent time trapping with his father, a Métis from the Turtle Mountains of Manitoba.

The NDP has scheduled a nomination convention for Saskatchewan Rivers at Nordale Hall in Prince Albert for Wednesday, July 24. No other candidate has declared their intention to seek the party's nomination.

Saskatchewan Rivers is currently held by former Saskatchewan United Party (SUP) leader Nadine Wilson. Prince Albert Mayor Eric Schmalz has been endorsed as the Saskatchewan Party candidate in July 2023.

The 2024 provincial election will be held on or before October 28, 2024.

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