Yens Pedersen

Yens Pedersen is a Canadian politician and lawyer, who served in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 2018 to 2020 representing the constituency of Regina Northeast. He is a former candidate in the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leadership race. Before entering the leadership race, he served as the president of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party.

Yens Pedersen
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Regina Northeast
In office
September 12, 2018 – September 29, 2020
Preceded byKevin Doherty
Succeeded byGary Grewal
Personal details
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ResidenceRegina, Saskatchewan
OccupationLawyer

Early life and careerEdit

Pedersen was raised on a family farm near Cut Knife, Saskatchewan. He attended and earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and has been a Regina lawyer for over 20 years, specializing in work with individual families and small to mid-size businesses. He has been the chair of the Taxation section of the Canadian Bar Association in Regina and also the president of the Regina Business Association. He also served on the board of directors for Saskatchewan Express (musical theatre group) and for The Royal Lifesaving Society (Saskatchewan Branch).[1]

Political careerEdit

Pedersen was the NDP candidate in the constituency of Regina South in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections.[2] In both elections, he placed second to the Bill Hutchinson of the Saskatchewan Party.

On January 22, 2009, Pedersen announced his bid to succeed Lorne Calvert as the leader of the Saskatchewan NDP at the party's June 2009 leadership convention.[3] He finished third at the convention. After Deb Higgins was eliminated on the first ballot, Pedersen threw his support behind Ryan Meili, the second place finisher on the first ballot.

On May 2, 2018, Pedersen won the NDP nomination for an upcoming provincial by-election in Regina Northeast.[4] He won the by-election with 54% of the vote on September 12, 2018.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Regina South (2011 Saskatchewan election)". CTV News. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Pedersen to represent Regina South". Regina Leader-Post. 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007.
  3. ^ "Saskatchewan NDP leadership now a race". CBC News. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Saskatchewan NDP choose contender for Regina Northeast byelection". CBC News. 2 May 2018. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ Fraser, D.C. (12 September 2018). "NDP wins Regina Northeast byelection". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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