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The election is over. Where do we go from here?

First of all, as Interim Leader, I would like to apologize for our less than stellar showing in the October 26th general election. Being named as interim leader after the sudden departure of my predecessor on the day before the writ was dropped left both myself and the party at a distinct disadvantage in organizing a campaign. It left myself and the party in a situation where we had no chance to win, and our only options were to maintain our official party status and do our best to get our message out as to what the party stands for by whatever means necessary. Thankfully, we were able to accomplish those goals, but little else.

So where do we go from here? It is abundantly clear from polling done during the election that 27% of the people of this province want a strong third voice in the legislature. Since many of those people did not have such a candidate in their riding, they chose to stay home and not bother to vote. In that, we failed the voters of this province for the last time. It is now time for us to start some serious conversations as to what we intend to do as a party, and how we are going to get there. Next year we will have an AGM to discuss this and to choose a permanent leader to guide us in this endeavor. There is much that this party can offer the people of this province, and I am willing to continue to fight for its success.

How do we do this? Well, for starters, we need everyone involved. That means getting active within the party. Join policy committees, start a constituency association in your area. Even if there is just a handful of people in each riding, that is enough. You are the seeds from which strong constituency associations will grow. Your voices may be few now, but use them to build up memberships, raise funds, and find strong candidates in your constituency – so that in 2024, we can make an impact as we set out to win seats in that election. It is my personal goal to find and vet a strong candidate for each of the 61 ridings by October 2023, should you continue to put your trust in me as leader after the AGM, so that each of those candidates can have a full year to raise funds, organize volunteers, and meet their constituents. But I can’t do it alone. I need you to help in whatever way you can.

How can you help? You can make a donation to the party and receive a tax receipt before the end of the year, We do not take money from big corporate donors like the Sask Party, so it is up to you as the grassroots of the party to help build a war chest capable of giving us a fighting chance. You can also volunteer. There are executive positions we need filled. There are committees to form policy and help us cost out our promises so the voters can see us as a viable alternative. There are constituency associations that need to be revived and organized, so like minded members of your constituencies can meet and join our cause. It is not up to one or two people to carry the weight; it is up to all of us to work together to win. If we do this, I guarantee that we will take our place in the legislature in 2024 as that strong third voice.

Thank you, have a safe and healthy holiday season, and may 2021 be the start to a stronger future. I look forward to working with you.

Robert Rudachyk
Interim Saskatchewan Liberal Leader