Nine years, not a single NDP MP in Saskatchewan. Party leader Thomas Mulcair is hoping to change that. His party is holding a two day meeting in Saskatoon to map out its fall strategy. Part of that strategy involves convincing people in Saskatchewan to vote NDP. Thomas Mulcair joined Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski in studio.
Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair says he believes his party can take more seats in Saskatchewan in the next election.
NDP MPs are in Saskatoon to meet this week on a number of issues that will come up this fall in Ottawa.
Even though the NDP was born in Saskatchewan, the party has not won a seat federally in almost a decade. With new electoral boundary maps that have been redrawn to include urban ridings, the NDP hopes to capitalize and win some seats in the 2015 election.
"The urban vote that tended to be heavily NDP was being diluted," Mulcair told Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski. "That definitely gives us an advantage in quite a few seats."
But part of the strategy involves convincing people in Saskatchewan to vote NDP.
"A lot of people here share our values," Mulcair said. "They were there for the big battles that brought in medicare that we're all so proud of across Canada now. But it's also important for us to have representation in all regions."
With new voting boundaries, Mulcair said his party sees Saskatchewan, specifically Saskatoon, as a place to garner votes.