Cut Knife-Turtleford MLA Ryan Domotor was removed from caucus after Premier Scott Moe learned about the charge, the province said Friday
Saskatoon StarPhoenix Staff
First-term Saskatchewan Party MLA Ryan Domotor was kicked out of the provincial government’s caucus after he was charged with soliciting sexual services, the provincial government said Friday.
According to the premier’s press secretary Julie Leggott, the decision was made by Premier Scott Moe to remove the MLA for Cut Knife-Turtleford from caucus and strip him of all government appointments and responsibilities after learning about the charge Friday.
“Those in public office should be working to support vulnerable women, not exploit them,” Moe said in a an emailed statement.
“There is absolutely no place in our government, nor frankly in the Assembly, for someone who has been charged with such a crime.”
Regina Police Service confirmed to the StarPhoenix it laid a charge earlier this week during an enforcement “project” targeting sexual exploitation and human trafficking between Nov. 14 and Nov. 16, resulting in the arrests of 16 people.
Regina police said Domotor, 56, was among the those arrested. He’s charged with communicating for the purposes of obtaining sexual services.
He was arrested at a business in east Regina at about 2 p.m. on Nov. 16, and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Jan 4, 2024.
Domotor was elected MLA for the Cut Knife-Turtleford Constituency in the October 2020 provincial election. He has been appointed to the cabinet committee on the economy until the announcement Friday.
He was described in his legislative biography as being a former curling club executive. He served on the Town of Turtleford council for 12 years and was the area coroner for 17 years.
According to his biography, he and his wife live in Turtleford, where they have lived for the last 29 years. They share two sons.
In July, Domotor was acclaimed as the candidate in his riding, but as of Friday afternoon the Sask. Party web page announcing it was removed.
Domotor becomes the second government member to be removed from their caucus since the 2020 election. The other was Nadine Wilson, now leader of the Sask. United Party, removed over misrepresenting her vaccine status.