Saskatoon MLA Roger Parent, 63, dies in hospital
Parent had served in Saskatoon Meewasin since 2011
Saskatchewan MLA Roger Parent has died.
Only yesterday, the provincial government announced that the representative for Saskatoon Meewasin had been diagnosed with cancer.
Parent died Tuesday night at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon surrounded by family. He was 63.
"This is a sad day and sudden loss for all of us who knew Roger."
Flags at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building will fly at half-mast this morning. As well, Parent's chair will be draped today.
Interim NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon also offered his condolences.
"On behalf of the Official Opposition and all Saskatchewan New Democrats, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to Roger's wife Sheila and their family for this tremendous loss," wrote Wotherspoon in a news release. "I'd also like to take a moment to extend my thoughts and sympathies to the Saskatchewan Party caucus and staff for their loss of a valuable friend and colleague."
Parent had been an MLA since 2011. He had served on a number of committees, including the Standing Committee for Human Services, the Standing Committee for Private Bills and the Special Committee on Traffic Safety.
Before he was elected, Parent was also involved with the Saskatoon Homelessness Initiative Partnership, SREDA Aboriginal Economic Development Committee, Saskatchewan Committee on Aboriginal Procurement and Métis Nation – Saskatchewan.