Kevin Waugh

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Kevin Waugh
Member of Parliament
for Saskatoon—Grasswood
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byLynne Yelich
Saskatchewan Conservative Caucus Chair
Assumed office
December 4, 2019
Preceded byRandy Hoback
Saskatoon Public School Division Trustee
In office
November 1, 2006 – October 27, 2015
Preceded byLindsay Fast
Succeeded byCharmaine Bellamy
Personal details
Born (1956-06-09) June 9, 1956 (age 66)[1]
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Political partyConservative
SpouseAnn Waugh

Kevin Waugh MP (born June 9, 1956) is a Canadian politician and former television sports journalist. Waugh was first elected to represent the riding of Saskatoon—Grasswood in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 Canadian federal election. During the 43rd Canadian Parliament Waugh's private member bill An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting) was adopted to legalize betting on single sport events in Canada.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Prior to his election as an MP, Waugh had been a longtime sportscaster with CTV Saskatoon.[3]

Political career[edit]

School Trustee[edit]

From 2006 to 2015, Waugh served as the Ward 9 Trustee for the Saskatoon Public School Division.[3]

Conservative Nomination[edit]

Prior to the 2015 election, Waugh defeated incumbent Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Lynne Yelich, who had previously served as the Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification and Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) in the nomination race for the newly created riding of Saskatoon-Grasswood, which was replacing the former riding of Blackstrap. Waugh stated at the time that "Lynne was a great M.P., I have no issues with her" and that "we haven't had a Saskatoon MP from the city for a long time".[4] Waugh had previously served as President of the Blackstrap Conservative Association while Yelich was the Member of Parliament for the riding.[4]

Member of Parliament[edit]

In the 2015 election, Waugh was elected by a margin of nearly 5,000 votes over his closest opponent, Scott Bell of the New Democratic Party. Following the selection of Rona Ambrose as interim leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Waugh was appointed as the Deputy Critic for Canadian Heritage. Waugh was also appointed to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.

In 2016, at a sports award ceremony, Waugh claimed that female athletes are treated as good or better than their male counterparts. That comment received heavy criticism from female and male athletes alike, and concern given that Waugh's spot on the Canadian parliamentary committee examining women and girls in sport.[5]

On February 26, 2016, Waugh introduced Bill C-241: An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (school authorities). This legislation would have increased the goods and services tax rebate that schools and school boards received from 68% to 100%, effectively exempting schools from paying the tax.[6] Despite support from members of his own Conservative Party, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois,[7] the bill was defeated at second reading by the Liberal majority.[8]

Upon the election of Andrew Scheer as leader of the Conservative Party in May 2017, Waugh was named Deputy Shadow Minister for Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Indigenous Services, and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.[9] In this role, Waugh served on the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs.[10]

Waugh was re-elected with an increased vote count and vote share in the 2019 Canadian Federal Election, receiving more than twice as many votes as his closest challenger. On December 4, 2019, Waugh was elected as the Chair of the Conservative Party's Saskatchewan Regional Caucus.[11] This position is responsible for chairing meetings of the regional caucus and presenting the results and decisions of those meetings to party leadership. During the 43rd Canadian Parliament Waugh's private member bill An Act to amend the Criminal Code (sports betting) (Bill C-218) was adopted to allow a province's lottery corporation to offer betting on single sport events, athletic contests, races and fights.[12]

In July 2021, Waugh voted against a bill to ban LGBT conversion therapy. He was one of 62 Conservative MPs to vote against the bill.[13]


In recognition of his contributions to the community, retired police officer Bruce Gordon was bestowed the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Award by Waugh. In addition to his career as a police officer with the Saskatoon Police Service and dedication to the athletic community, Gordon was a volunteer and offered his time to PRIDE Saskatoon, the Saskatoon Road Runners Club, John Lake Home and School Council, the Saskatoon Sexual Assault Centre, and may other local organizations.[14]


On February 2, 2022, Waugh posted a picture on his Twitter page [15] of himself, as well as former Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, Battlefords-Lloydminster MP Rosemarie Falk, Moose Jaw-Lake Centre-Lanigan MP Fraser Tolmie, Regina-Lewvan MP Warren Steinley and Sen. Denise Batters standing with the Saskatchewan flag at the Freedom Convoy 2022.[16] The mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, is demanding an apology, as he feels the protestors actions are not welcomed and that "MPs and senator in the picture should know better."[16]

Personal life[edit]

Kevin Waugh lives in Saskatoon with his wife Ann, with whom he has two children and one granddaughter.[9]

Electoral record[edit]


2019 Canadian federal election: Saskatoon—Grasswood
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Kevin Waugh 26,336 53.3 +11.7 $32,265.34
New Democratic Erika Ritchie 12,672 25.6 -4.5 none listed
Liberal Tracy Muggli 8,419 17.0 -9.4 $50,741.23
Green Neil Sinclair 1,320 2.7 +0.9 $335.36
People's Mark Friesen 692 1.4 - none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit 49,439 100.0
Total rejected ballots 337
Turnout 49,776 77.6
Eligible voters 64,150
Conservative hold Swing +8.10
Source: Global News,[17] Elections Canada[18]
2015 Canadian federal election: Saskatoon—Grasswood
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Kevin Waugh 19,166 41.58 -8.64 $68,859.20
New Democratic Scott Bell 13,909 30.18 -9.66 $103,289.43
Liberal Tracy Muggli 12,165 26.4 +19.09 $63,065.97
Green Mark Bigland-Pritchard 846 1.84 -0.65 $2,839.31
Total valid votes/expense limit 46,086 100.0     $194,681.77
Total rejected ballots 137
Turnout 46,223 78.59
Eligible voters 58,810
Conservative hold Swing -9.13
Source: Elections Canada[19][20]


2003 Saskatchewan general election: Saskatoon Greystone
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
New Democratic Peter Prebble 4,287 49.09 +1.23
Saskatchewan Kevin Waugh 2,844 32.57 -0.40
Liberal Herta Barron 1,552 17.77 -1.40
New Green Brian Berezowski 50 0.57 *
Total 8,733 100.00


2012 Saskatoon Public School Division, Public Trustee, Ward Nine[21]
Candidate Votes %
Kevin Waugh 3,731 82.87
Nathan Schneider 771 17.13
Total 4,502 100.00
2009 Saskatoon Public School Division, Public Trustee, Ward Nine[22]
Candidate Votes %
Kevin Waugh Acclaimed
2006 Saskatoon Public School Division, Public Trustee, Ward Nine[23]
Candidate Votes %
Kevin Waugh 3,940 74.41
Morag MacPherson 1,355 25.59
Total 5,295 100.00


  1. ^ "Profile".
  2. ^ "Official Voting Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Warren, Jeremy (2015-10-18). "Saskatoon-Grasswood: Conservative Waugh knocks off Muggli, Bell". The StarPhoenix. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  4. ^ a b Warren, J. (2015-10-15). "Tight battle for first in new Saskatoon-Grasswood riding". Saskatoon StarPhoenix. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  5. ^ Warick, Jason (2016-11-07). "Kevin Waugh under fire for comments about female athletes". CBC News. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  6. ^ "Private Member's Bill C-241 (42-1) - First Reading - An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (school authorities) - Parliament of Canada". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  7. ^ "Vote Details". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  8. ^ "LEGISinfo - Private Member's Bill C-241 (42-1)". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  9. ^ a b "About Kevin | Kevin Waugh". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  10. ^ "Roles - Kevin Waugh - Current and Past - Members of Parliament - House of Commons of Canada". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  11. ^ "Kevin Waugh, MP". Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  12. ^ "Single-event sport gambling to become legal in Canada as Bill C-218 passes in Senate". CBC News. June 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "13 of 14 Saskatchewan MPs among Conservatives who voted against bill banning conversion therapy". CBC News. July 1, 2021.
  14. ^ Modjeski, Morgan (2017). "News Release: Congratulations Bruce Gordon, recipient of the Saskatoon-Grasswood Canada 150 Award". Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  15. ^ . Twitter. 2022 Retrieved February 8, 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ a b "Mayor of Ottawa demands apology after Sask. Conservative MPs, senator take picture at convoy protest". CBC. 2022. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  17. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Global News. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Election Night Results". Elections Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2019.
  19. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Saskatoon—Grasswood, 30 September 2015
  20. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates
  21. ^ 2012 Election Results
  22. ^ 2009 Election Results
  23. ^ 2006 Election Results

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