Sonntag was first appointed to cabinet in June 1997 and held various portfolios between then and 2007, including: Property Management and Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Post-Secondary Education and Skills Training, Highways and Transportation, Energy and Mines, First Nations and Métis Relations, Industry and Resources, and Crown Investments Corporation.
Sonntag was initially declared elected in the 2007 election, narrowly beating former federal Member of Parliament Jeremy Harrison in Meadow Lake, but was subsequently declared defeated after a count error was noted the following day. The count of absentee ballots on November 19 confirmed Harrison's victory - by only 36 votes. This result was later confirmed by a judicial recount.
- The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) (May 4, 2007). "Sonntag puts name forward for NDP nomination in Meadow Lake riding". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-01-07. "Longtime New Democrat MLA Maynard Sonntag announced his bid for nomination as the NDP candidate in the Meadow Lake riding on Thursday."
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