Sigfredo Gonzalez will once again run for the Green Party of Saskatchewan in the Estevan constituency in the next provincial election in 2016.
The Green Party announced in a press release on June 16 that Gonzalez had been acclaimed as Estevan's candidate. He also ran for the Greens provincially in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, and federally in 2004.
According to the Green Party, Gonzalez is one of two candidates to run for the party in each election since 1999. The other is party leader Victor Lau.
Gonzalez will be looking to improve upon his third place finish from the 2011 provincial election, and he hopes that his previous experience will be an asset, particularly during the debates.
“I'm just trying to give people an option, so that they have a choice to choose between me and the other parties,” said Gonzalez. “That's all that I can hope for, is that people believe in what our party stands for, and hopefully support us.”
The established parties – the Saskatchewan Party and the NDP – do things that benefit a minority of the population, he said.
“I'm just hoping that the people want change, and I … am the only one to bring that kind of changes,” said Gonzalez.
Many of the problems in Estevan remain the same, he said. The cost of housing is still very high, making it difficult for people to live in the city. Many highways in the southeast are in bad shape.
“Sometimes you here 'We'll start this and we'll start that,' but we haven't really seen anything happen yet,” said Gonzalez. “And there are some things we can do better, or try to do better.”
The Green Party believes in justice, and doing things differently than other parties, he said.
He is looking forward to getting to events and meeting with the public this summer, so that he can learn the concerns of people in the constituency.
Gonzalez is the first candidate to be confirmed for the Estevan constituency for the 2016 election. Incumbent Saskatchewan Party MLA Doreen Eagles has yet to decide if she'll seek another term.