Ken Cheveldayoff

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Ken Cheveldayoff
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Saskatoon Willowgrove
Assumed office
April 4, 2016
Preceded by Riding Established
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Saskatoon Silver Springs
Assumed office
November 5, 2003
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Riding Dissolved[1]
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
June 5, 2014 – August 23, 2016
Premier Brad Wall
Preceded by Jeremy Harrison
Succeeded by Paul Merriman
Personal details
Born 1965 (age 52–53)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Nationality Canadian
Political party Saskatchewan Party
Spouse(s) Trish Cheveldayoff (m. 1996)
Occupation businessperson

Ken Cheveldayoff (born April 1st, 1965) is a Canadian provincial politician. He is the Saskatchewan Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the constituency of Saskatoon Willowgrove. He is currently running for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party and to become the next Premier of Saskatchewan. His younger brother Kevin is a former professional hockey player and currently the general manager of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.

Early life and education

Cheveldayoff holds a B.A. (Honours) in Economics and Political Science (1988) and a Masters of Business Administration (1996). He was a parliamentary page in the House of Commons and won the Queen Elizabeth II scholarship for excellence in Parliamentary Studies.


Prior to being elected to public office, Cheveldayoff worked with Western Economic Diversification as a senior business advisor. He is also the majority shareholder in a real estate company developing several Saskatoon properties.


1993 federal election

Cheveldayoff ran in the 1993 Canadian federal election for the Progressive Conservative Party in the riding of The Battlefords—Meadow Lake. At the time the seat was held by Len Taylor of the New Democratic Party. Cheveldayoff finished a distant fourth.

Saskatchewan Party MLA

First elected in November 2003, Cheveldayoff was the Opposition Critic for Finance, Deputy Critic for Learning (Post-Secondary Education), and was a member of the Public Accounts Committee. He also served as Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Services. After being re-elected in 2007 as a member of the government, he was appointed to cabinet as the Minister of Crown Corporations. In a cabinet shuffle in 2009, he became Minister of Enterprise, and in 2010, he was appointed Minister of First Nations and Métis relations. On May 25, 2012, Cheveldayoff was appointed Minister of Environment, Responsible for SaskWater and the Water Security Agency.

In 2014, Cheveldayoff was appointed Government House Leader.

With the Cabinet shuffle on August 23, 2016, Cheveldayoff was asked by the Premier to serve as Minister of Parks, Culture, Sport and Minister responsible for the Public Service Commission (PSC).

2018 leadership election

On August 28, 2017, Cheveldayoff announced his bid for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party just days after party leader and Premier Brad Wall announced that he was retiring from politics.[2] The Saskatchewan Party leadership vote will be held on January 27, 2018. The winner will become the 15th Premier of Saskatchewan.

During the campaign, in a response to a questionnaire from an anti-abortion group, Cheveldayoff stated that he doesn't believe rape victims should have legal access to abortion services, earning him the anti-abortion group's top rank out of the six leadership candidates.[3]

Personal life

Cheveldayoff is married to Trish Cheveldayoff and has two children. He is a member of various community organizations and Lakeview Free Methodist Church. His wife Trish is a former news anchor at CFQC-TV.

Electoral History

2016 Saskatchewan general election

Saskatchewan general election, 2016: Saskatoon Willowgrove
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Ken Cheveldayoff 6,603 72.10
New Democratic Tajinder Grewal 2,196 23.98
Liberal Jason Gorin 229 2.50
Green Sarah Risk 129 1.40
Total valid votes 9,157 100.0  
Eligible voters
Source: Elections Saskatchewan[4][5]

2011 Saskatchewan general election

Saskatchewan general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Saskatchewan Ken Cheveldayoff 7,736 74.59 +12.79
  NDP Cindy Lee Sherban 2,242 21.62 -5.85
Green D'Arcy Hande 230 2.22 +0.10
Liberal Rod Stoesz 163 1.57 -7.04
Total 10,371 100.00

2007 Saskatchewan general election

Saskatchewan general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Saskatchewan Ken Cheveldayoff 6,884 61.80 +17.06
  NDP Gord Bedient 3,060 27.47 -11.52
Liberal Karen Parhar 959 8.61 -7.66
Green Cameron McRae 236 2.12 +2.12
Total 11,139 100.00

2003 Saskatchewan general election

Saskatchewan general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Saskatchewan Ken Cheveldayoff 4,005 44.74
  NDP Russell Scott 3,490 38.99
Liberal Shawn Flett 1,457 16.27
Total 8,952 100.00

1993 Canadian general election

Canadian federal election, 1993
Party Candidate Votes %
New Democratic (x)Len Taylor 9,772 31.23
Reform Delon Bleakney 9,043 28.90
Liberal Neil Currie 7,364 23.54
Progressive Conservative Ken Cheveldayoff 4,299 13.74
Independent Independent 609 1.95
Canada Party Peter Franklin 202 0.65
Total valid votes 31,289 100.00
Source: Parliament of Canada[6]


  1. ^ Saskatoon Silver Springs
  2. ^ "Cheveldayoff confirms entry into race to become Saskatchewan Party leader, province's new premier". The Star Phoenix. Regina. August 28, 2017. Retrieved 2017-08-31. 
  3. ^ "'Life begins at conception': Anti-abortion group names Ken Cheveldayoff top Sask. Party candidate". CBC News. Saskatchewan. November 22, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Register of Official Candidates by Constituency - March 19 - FINAL" (PDF). Elections Saskatchewan. 19 March 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "2016 General Election Results". Elections Saskatchewan. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "History of Federal Ridings Since 1867". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Cabinet biography

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