REGINA - A sketch of Saskatchewan NDP Leader Dwain Lingenfelter:
Born: Feb. 27, 1949, in Shaunavon, Sask.
Education: Political science degree, University of Saskatchewan
Before politics: Farming, customs officer. Would leave politics for a time to be vice-president of government relations for Calgary-based energy company Nexen Inc.
Politics: Elected member of the legislature for Shaunavon in 1978. Defeated in 1986. Elected member of the legislature for Regina Elphinstone in 1988. Left politics in 2000. Formerly minister of social services, Opposition house leader, minister of economic development, minister responsible for Crown Investments Corp., deputy premier, government house leader and agriculture minister. Elected NDP leader and member of the legislature for Regina Douglas Park in 2009.
Personal: Has two children, Sahid and Hannah, with wife Rubiela. Three children — Sacha, Matthew and Travis — from first marriage.
Quote: "At the end of the day, I think what people will vote for is not the popularity of the individual, but what the political party, in their platform, is promising to make their life and their family's life better and more successful."