La Ronge town councillor named NDP nominee for Cumberland

La Ronge town councillor Jordan McPhail (left) has his arm raised by longtime NDP MLA Doyle Vermette (right) after winning the NDP nomination for Cumberland by acclamation.

La Ronge town councillor Jordan McPhail is the NDP nominee to replace longtime MLA Doyle Vermette in the northern constituency of Cumberland.

The Saskatchewan NDP confirmed McPhail’s nomination during a meeting on Saturday. McPhail posted a message on social media following the nomination saying this was just the beginning.

“The work continues,” McPhail wrote. “Today, with the support of family, friends, and supporters I was named as the next candidate for the Saskatchewan NDP for Cumberland. I’m humbled and honoured to be given the trust of the membership to follow in the footsteps of so many great leaders before me.

“Today, I thank all those who have supported, mentored, and assisted me along the path to nomination and starting tomorrow, the team and I will work hard to earn and keep the trust of the voters in our beautiful constituency.”

McPhail was born and raised in La Ronge. He was first elected to town council in 2016, then re-elected in 2020.

McPhail won the Cumberland nomination by acclamation. He is a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, and works as a tradesperson in the north.

Longtime NDP MLA Doyle Vermette held the constituency of Cumberland since 2008. He announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

The next provincial election is scheduled for 2024.