Ron Osika

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Ronald Osika
MLA for Melville
In office
1995–2003
Preceded by Evan Carlson
Succeeded by riding merged into Melville-Saltcoats
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1995–1996
Preceded by Lynda Haverstock
Succeeded by Ken Krawetz
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
1999–2001
Preceded by Glenn Hagel
Succeeded by Myron Kowalsky
Personal details
Born 1939
Hafford, Saskatchewan
Political party Liberal (1995-2001)
NDP (since 2003)

Ronald (Ron) Osika (born 1939[1]) is a Saskatchewan politician.

He was born in Hafford, Saskatchewan and educated in The Battlefords.[2] A former officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Osika's first foray into politics was an unsuccessful bid for a Reform Party nomination in 1992.[3]

He was first elected from Melville as Liberal MLA in the Saskatchewan legislature in the 1995 provincial election[3] that saw the Liberals go from a single seat to 11 to form the official opposition. Osika served as interim Leader of the Opposition in November 1995 after Lynda Haverstock was forced to resign as leader by her caucus.[4] He remained leader until November 1996 when Jim Melenchuk was chosen as Haverstock's permanent replacement. The 1999 provincial election reduced Roy Romanow's NDP to a minority government while also reducing the Liberals to third party status with four MLAs. The Liberals agreed to enter into a coalition government and Osika became Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan from 1999 until February 2001 when he joined Calvert's Cabinet as Municipal Affairs minister.[5][6] In October 2001, the Liberal Party elected David Karwacki as its new leader. He ordered the Liberal MLAs to leave the coalition government but Osika and Melenchuk refused and became Independents signing a new coalition agreement with Calvert in late 2001.[7] In early 2002, Osika became Government Relations Minister and at various times had additional responsibilities for aboriginal affairs, SaskWater, the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and the Saskatchewan Property Management Corporation. He ran for re-election as an NDP candidate in the 2003 provincial election but was defeated in the riding of Melville-Saltcoats.[8]

Osika turned to municipal politics after his defeat and has been mayor of Fort Qu'Appelle since 2005.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Saskatchewan Members of the Legislative Assembly" (PDF). Saskatchewan Archives. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  2. ^ "CPA Activities: The Canadian Scene". Canadian Parliamentary Review. 2000. Retrieved 2009-12-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Former Liberals in coalition government formally join Saskatchewan NDP", Canadian Press, September 5, 2003
  4. ^ Canadian Press, "Osika to lead Saskatchewan Liberals", Globe and Mail, November 16, 1995
  5. ^ "Swearing-in ceremony for new premier, cabinet", Canadian Press, February 9, 2001
  6. ^ "Saskatchewan Liberal Ron Osika decides to stay in coalition cabinet with NDP", Canadian Press, October 30, 2001
  7. ^ "Sask premier Calvert confirms coalition deal with two former Liberal MLAs" Canadian Press, November 7, 2001
  8. ^ Parker, James, "NDP wins narrow Sask. victory: Party wins fourth consecutive term with razor-thin two-seat majority ", Edmonton Journal, November 6, 2003
  9. ^ "Osika returns", Canadian Press, April 28, 2005