Nettie Wiebe is a Canadian professor, born January 22, 1949. She grew up near Warman, Saskatchewan. She has a BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Calgary.
Wiebe first became widely known as the Women's President from 1988–1994 and the President and CEO from 1995-1998 of the National Farmers Union. During her term she vocally defended the role of the Canadian Wheat Board in the marketing of prairie grains.
In 2001, Wiebe sought the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (and by implication, the office of Premier of Saskatchewan, as the party was in government at the time), following the retirement of then premier and party leader Roy Romanow. For the first time in Saskatchewan, the NDP utilized One Member One Vote as its means of selecting a leader rather than a delegated leadership convention. Wiebe ran on the most explicitly left-wing platform of the major contenders, and placed third behind Chris Axworthy and the eventual winner, Lorne Calvert.
Wiebe chose not to run for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in the subsequent 2003 provincial election. However, she did run, unsuccessfully, as the federal New Democratic Party candidate in the 2004 federal election in the riding of Saskatoon—Humboldt, against Conservative candidate Brad Trost, Liberal candidate Patrick Wolfe, and incumbent independent Jim Pankiw. In what was the closest four-way race in the country, Wiebe placed second, with only 417 fewer votes than the winner, Brad Trost, and only 18 more votes than Wolfe (the third place candidate).
Wiebe is currently a professor of church and society at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was once again the NDP candidate in Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar in the 2008 federal election, but Conservative candidate Kelly Block defeated her by just 262 votes (0.98%), Wiebe's narrowest loss to date. She was considered a potential candidate for the 2009 Saskatchewan NDP leadership convention, following Calvert's resignation on October 17, 2008. Wiebe later announced she would not run for the provincial leadership and instead focus on federal politics. Wiebe was re-nominated as the NDP candidate for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar for the 2011 federal election. Block once again defeated Wiebe, this time prevailing by 538 votes. Notably, both women increased their percentage of popular support at the expense of the Liberals and Greens.
|Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar - Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Nettie Wiebe||14,114||46.91%||+2.49%|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||30,089||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||131||0.43%|
|Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar - Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Nettie Wiebe||11,969||44.41%||+5.47%||$63,284|
|Christian Heritage||Marcel Bourassa||115||0.42%||-0.47%||$50|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||26,946||100%||$78,625|
|Total rejected ballots||87||0.18%|
|Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar - Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Nettie Wiebe||11,412||38.98%||+2.75%||$62,156|
|Christian Heritage||Marcel Bourassa||258||0.88%||–||$4,463|
|Total valid votes||29,275||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||78||0.27%|
|Saskatoon—Humboldt - Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Nettie Wiebe||9,027||25.56%||–||$58,415|
|Total valid votes||35,307||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||66||0.19%|
- "Former Saskatchewan premier steps down as leader of NDP", Canadian Press October 17, 2008.[dead link]
- http://www.paherald.sk.ca/Politics/2009-01-22/article-169448/No-go-for-Nettie-Wiebe/1 "No go for Nettie Wiebe" Prince Albert Daily Herald January 22, 2009
- "Nettie Wiebe To Carry NDP Banner in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar". Retrieved from http://www.srbndp.ca/ on January 10, 2009