Shayne Saskiw

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Shayne Saskiw
MLA Shayne Saskiw.jpg
MLA for Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills
In office
April 23, 2012 – May 5, 2015
Preceded by first member
Succeeded by Dave Hanson
Personal details
Born (1981-08-13) August 13, 1981 (age 35)
County of Two Hills No. 21, Alberta
Political party Wildrose
Spouse(s) Shannon Stubbs
Residence Two Hills, Alberta
Alma mater University of Alberta
Occupation lawyer

Shayne Saskiw (born August 13, 1981) is Canadian politician who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills in the 2012 provincial election.[1] Saskiw was the Justice and Solicitor General Critic and Deputy House Leader for the Wildrose Official Opposition, from 2012 to 2015.[2]


Born in 1981[3] and raised in the area of Two Hills, Alberta,[4] Saskiw completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2003 and graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 2006 with the second highest academic standing in his class.[5] He clerked for the Tax Court of Canada and worked for a tax law boutique firm in Edmonton prior to joining the Vegreville office of Duncan & Craig LLP.

Legislative career[edit]

In August 2012, Saskiw and MLA Drew Barnes toured Highway 63 to Fort McMurray, and subsequently released a report called "Getting it Done: An on-the-ground look at twinning and improving safety on Highway 63," calling on government to commit to a timeline to complete the twinning of the highway.[6][7]

Saskiw was one of the five remaining Wildrose MLAs who had not crossed the floor to join the governing PCs in December 2014. On March 12, 2015, he announced that while he had considered running for the leadership of the party, he was disillusioned with politics and would not be running for re-election in the next general election but would instead try to promote conservative issues outside of party politics.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

Alberta general election, 2012: Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Wildrose Shayne Saskiw 5,949 46.56%
Progressive Conservative Ray Danyluk 5,418 42.40% -28.88%
New Democratic Phil Johnson 706 5.53% -5.42%
Liberal John Nowak 704 5.51% -12.26%
Total Valid Votes 12,777
Rejected, spoiled and declined 99
Electors/turnout 21,729 59.26% +15.03%
Wildrose notional gain from Progressive Conservative Swing +37.72%