Dwain Lingenfelter

Dwain Lingenfelter (born February 27, 1949) is a businessman, farmer, politician and former Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. Lingenfelter won the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party on June 6, 2009. He resigned as leader on November 7, 2011. Previously, he has served as the president of the party. In previous NDP governments, Lingenfelter has served as Minister of Social Services, Minister of Economic Development, Minister responsible for Crown Investments Corporation, Minister of Agriculture and as the Deputy Premier. Outside politics Lingenfelter is the President and CEO of CypressView Land, past president of the Canada Arab Business Council, former Vice-President of Government Relation of Nexen Inc, former Chairman of the Mount Royal University Foundation and a former board member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Dwain Lingenfelter
Dwain Lingenfelter - NDP leader.jpg
Leader of the Opposition of Saskatchewan
In office
June 6, 2009 – November 7, 2011
PremierBrad Wall
Preceded byLorne Calvert
Succeeded byJohn Nilson
Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party
In office
June 6, 2009 – November 7, 2011
Preceded byLorne Calvert
Succeeded byJohn Nilson (interim)
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Regina Douglas Park
In office
September 21, 2009 – October 10, 2011
Preceded byHarry Van Mulligen
Succeeded byRuss Marchuk
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Regina Elphinstone
In office
May 4, 1988 – July 10, 2000
Preceded byAllan Blakeney
Succeeded byWarren McCall
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Shaunavon
In office
October 18, 1978 – September 19, 1986
Preceded byEiliv Anderson
Succeeded byTed Gleim
Personal details
Born (1949-02-27) February 27, 1949 (age 72)
Shaunavon, Saskatchewan
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ResidenceShaunavon, Saskatchewan
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan
ProfessionPresident and CEO of CypressView Land, businessman, Farmer

Family and educationEdit

Lingenfelter grew up on a family farm which he currently operates near Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. He grew up in a large family, with a German father and an Irish Catholic mother and eight other siblings. He attended Shaunavon High School and earned a political science degree from the University of Saskatchewan. While working on his political science degree, Lingenfelter continued to farm and work as a customs officer.

He has five children between two marriages.[1]


Lingenfelter was first elected to the Legislature in the constituency of Shaunavon in 1978, then re-elected in 1982 but then defeated in 1986. During his first term, he was appointed by Allan Blakeney to serve in Cabinet as Minister of Social Services.

Lingenfelter was one of nine New Democratic Party members elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, after the landslide win of the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan. From 1982 to 1986, Lingenfelter served as the Opposition House Leader; during this time he earned the moniker "one man NDP rat pack."

After being defeated in the 1986 Saskatchewan provincial election, Lingenfelter ran and won the race to be President of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party in June 1987.

On May 4, 1988 Lingenfelter won a by-election in the constituency of Regina Elphinstone, previously held by Blakeney, and received 77.33% of the popular vote. He was re-elected in the 1991 provincial election. He was then appointed by Premier Roy Romanow to Cabinet as the Minister Responsible for Economic Development and Chair of the board of four Saskatchewan Crown Corporations, as well as the Government House Leader.

With a crisis in the agriculture sector, Romanow appointed Lingenfelter as Minister of Agriculture and Food, and again as Government House Leader.

As deputy premier, Lingenfelter was viewed as a likely candidate to succeed Romanow as leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, but in July 2000 he announced that he was leaving provincial politics and seeking opportunities in the private sector. He became vice-president of government relations for Calgary-based energy company Nexen on September 1, 2000.

2009 Saskatchewan NDP leadership raceEdit

Lingenfelter, announcing his candidacy for the NDP leadership

On October 30, 2008, Lingenfelter was the first candidate to announce his candidacy to replace Lorne Calvert as the Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democrats at the June 6, 2009 leadership convention.[2] Lingenfelter was the first declared candidate with former party president Yens Pedersen entering second, MLA Deb Higgins entering third and doctor Ryan Meili entering fourth. Lingenfelter received the endorsement of over half of the party's caucus as well as a number of unions including the largest private sector union in Saskatchewan, the UFCW Local 1400 and the United Steelworkers.[3]

2009 Regina Douglas Park by-electionEdit

Lingenfelter was later nominated as the NDP candidate for the by-election in Regina Douglas Park.[4]

On September 21, Douglas Park voters elected Lingenfelter, giving him 50.25% of the total votes counted in a three-way race matching him against the Saskatchewan Party candidate, Kathleen Peterson, and the Green Party's Victor Becker Lau.[5]

2011 SK General electionEdit

Lingenfelter led the NDP into the 2011 provincial election. In the November 7 election, the Saskatchewan NDP was defeated, losing 11 seats. The NDP ended up winning nine of fifty-eight seats, its worst showing since 1982. It also tallied its lowest popular vote percentage since 1938. One of the losing NDP MLA's was Lingenfelter, who lost his seat to the Saskatchewan Party's Russ Marchuk by a 10-point margin.[6] With the Saskatchewan Party landslide beyond doubt, Lingenfelter resigned as NDP leader on election night.[7] He was the first CCF/NDP leader since World War II to have never served as premier.


  1. ^ "Dwain Lingenfelter". Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Archived from the original on August 28, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2009.
  2. ^ Lingenfelter makes it official. http://www2.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=62d96091-048b-4dc2-9bb3-31cc1e877020.html Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ United Steelworkers Union endorses Lingenfelter. http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2009/29/c6585.html
  4. ^ New Democrats Pick Lingenfelter in Regina Douglas Park "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Constituency of Regina Douglas Park By-Election". Elections Saskatchewan. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
  6. ^ "2011 SK election results". CBC News. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Lingenfelter resigns after losing seat". CBC News. Retrieved November 7, 2011.