Lingenfelter at the Leader's Debate, October 25, 2011
|Leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party|
June 6, 2009 – November 7, 2011
|Preceded by||Lorne Calvert|
|Succeeded by||John Nilson (interim)|
|MLA for Shaunavon|
|Preceded by||Eiliv Anderson|
|Succeeded by||Ted Gleim|
|MLA for Regina Elphinstone|
|Preceded by||Allan Blakeney|
|Succeeded by||Warren McCall|
|MLA for Regina Douglas Park|
|Preceded by||Harry Van Mulligen|
|Succeeded by||Russ Marchuk|
February 27, 1949 |
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Children||Sacha, Matthew, Travis, Link, Hannah|
|Alma mater||University of Saskatchewan|
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, member of the Board of directors of Kingsland Energy Corp, 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.
Family and education
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 three adult children, Sacha, Matthew (Alicia) and Travis (Caitlin). He also has two children from his current marriage, Link and Hannah.
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."
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.
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 race
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. 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.
2009 Regina Douglas Park by-election
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.
Lingenfelter led the NDP into the 2011 provincial election. He was a significant underdog for most of the campaign against the Saskatchewan Party and Premier Brad Wall. In the November 7 election, the Saskatchewan NDP was heavily defeated, losing 11 seats. The NDP was cut down to nine seats, its worst showing since 1982. It also tallied its lowest popular vote percentage since 1938. One of the casualties was Lingenfelter, who lost his own seat to the Saskatchewan Party's Russ Marchuk by a shocking 10-point margin. It is one of the few occasions that a major-party leader in Canada has been defeated in his own riding.
With the Saskatchewan Party landslide beyond doubt, Lingenfelter resigned as NDP leader on election night.
- "Dwain Lingenfelter". Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- Lingenfelter makes it official. http://www2.canada.com/reginaleaderpost/news/story.html?id=62d96091-048b-4dc2-9bb3-31cc1e877020.html
- United Steelworkers Union endorses Lingenfelter. http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2009/29/c6585.html
- New Democrats Pick Lingenfelter in Regina Douglas Park http://www.saskndp.com/news?id=333
- "Constituency of Regina Douglas Park By-Election". Elections Saskatchewan. Retrieved 2009-12-03.