Cathay Wagantall

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Cathay Wagantall

Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Yorkton—Melville
In office
October 19, 2015 – Incumbent
Preceded by Garry Breitkreuz
Succeeded by N/A
Personal details
Cathay Caswell

(1956-07-03) July 3, 1956 (age 63)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Political party Conservative Party of Canada
Spouse(s) H. Martin Wagantall (1976-present)
Children 3
Residence Esterhazy, Saskatchewan
Education University of Saskatchewan
Profession Administrator, Athletic Director, Businesswoman, Politician.

Cathay Wagantall MP (née Cathy Caswell; born July 3, 1956) is a Canadian politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral riding of Yorkton—Melville during the 2015 Canadian federal election.


Originally from Regina, Wagantall was raised in southern Saskatchewan until she moved with her parents and six siblings to Esterhazy in 1967.

On full scholarship, She completed 3 of 4 years of her Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with top honours at the University of Saskatchewan. During her summers, she worked in hospitals and level 4 care homes.

After traveling the world for a couple of years, Wagantall and her husband entered into a partnership in a lumberyard and contracting business in Springside. They eventually bought out the other partners then lost their business during the recession.

Wagantall moved to Edmonton in 1985. She served as the Athletic Director for what was then North American Baptist College (later Taylor College and Seminary).

In 1991, their family moved to Lloydminster, Alberta where her husband was a pastor in NewLife Community Church for seven years. During that time Wagantall coached community, junior and senior high basketball and worked as a teacher's assistant with special needs children in kindergarten and high school.

Upon returning to Edmonton in 1998, Wagantall worked for ten years at Taylor University College and Seminary in development, accounting and student loans, Also working as a Sunday School teacher.

In 2004 Wagantall served on the Conservative Party of Canada Board of Directors for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont as the election readiness chair, president and financial agent. She door-knocked with then-candidate Tim Uppal against incumbent David Kilgour and went on to serve as campaign manager for Mike Lake in 2006 and 2008, she then served official agent for Tim Uppal in 2011, She afterwords worked in Uppal's Edmonton-Sherwood Park constituency office until March 2011 when she and her husband and returned home to Esterhazy to own and operate Positive Signs, a sign and print company.[1][2]

In November 2014, Wagantall won the Conservative nomination in Yorkton—Melville for the 2015 federal election.[3] On October 19, 2015, she won the seat with 59.2% of the vote.[4][5] In the 42nd Parliament Wagantall introduced one private member bill, Bill C-225 titled Protection of Pregnant Women and Their Preborn Children Act (Cassie and Molly's Law), which sought to add a new class of person, a "preborn child", into the Criminal Code and make injuring or causing death to the preborn child while committing or attempting to commit another offence against a female person that the person knows is pregnant to be a separate offense.[6] While the bill was similar to Ken Epp's Unborn Victims of Crime Act, Bill C-485, which received second reading and referral to committee in March 2008 during the 39th Parliament, Wagantall's Bill C-225 was defeated in a vote in October 2016[7] with only members of the Conservative Party voting in favour.[8]


Wagantall has been married to H. Martin Wagantall since 1976. She has three grown children and nine grandchildren.[citation needed]

Electoral Record

2015 Canadian federal election: Yorkton—Melville
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Conservative Cathay Wagantall 21,683 59.2 -9.6
New Democratic Doug Ottenbreit 7,396 20.2 -1.76
Liberal Brooke Taylor Malinoski 6,504 17.8 +11.19
Green Elaine Marie Hughes 1,030 2.8 +0.42
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,613 100.0     $229,411.30
Total rejected ballots 95
Turnout 36,708 68.36 +4.96
Eligible voters 53,694
Conservative hold Swing -5.68
Source: Elections Canada[9][10]


  1. ^ About Cathay
  2. ^ Positive Signs
  3. ^ "Cathay Wagantall Conservative nominee". The News Review. 27 November 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Conservative Cathay Wagantall claims victory in Yorkton-Melville". CTV News. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  5. ^ Knox, Shawn (19 October 2015). "Conservative Cathay Wagantall wins Yorkton-Melville riding". Global News. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Government Bill (House of Commons) C-225 (42-1) - First Reading - An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of a preborn child while committing an offence)". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cassie and Molly's law fails House of Commons vote". CBC News. October 20, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "Vote No. 131 - 42nd Parliament, 1st Session (C-225 — An Act to amend the Criminal Code (injuring or causing the death of a preborn child while committing an offence))". Parliament of Canada. October 19, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Yorkton—Melville, 30 September 2015
  10. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
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