Saskatchewan's newest political party leader made a stop in Swift Current earlier this week.
NDP Leader Carla Beck attended the pride flag raising at Market Square on Monday before hosting a pride BBQ at ACT Park during supper hours.
The stop was part of the Regina Lakeview MLA's 'build to win tour' that she set out on almost immediately after winning the NDP leadership race on June 26 by netting 68.5 per cent of the votes.
"This is a philosophy or practice I've always had as an MLA and I know a number of my colleagues have as well," she said regarding the provincial tour. "We don't just doorknock, we don't just have meetings during election years, I think people get really tired of only seeing politicians during election time."
Beck noted her party would need to return to events and the public eye a lot more in the future as the province emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. She believes that's the best course of action if the NDP has any hope of ending the Sask Party's 15-year reign as the province's governing body.
"Our job is to represent the people of Saskatchewan," the University of Regina graduate said. "I don't know how to do that if you don't get in front of people and listen to what their hopes, fears, and challenges are."
The NDP currently holds 11 of the 61 seats in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan trailing the Sask Party by 37. During Beck's leadership victory speech, she mentioned her ultimate goal is for the province to have an NDP government. Her first chance at that will come in 2024 when Saskatchewan residents will head to the polls.