Father, we thank you for the dedication to Saskatchewan that Buckley Belanger has shown through his actions, his tenacity and his perseverance. We honour him for his long-term service to the province as an active member of the Legislative Assembly. We ask that you would grant him influence where he has not had influence before and peace in areas he has not had peace. We ask that you would provide intentional opportunities for him to mentor and coach new political leaders and those showing an interest in community service. Give him favour within his family and within his community. Amen.
Buckley Belanger was first elected to the Saskatchewan legislature in 1995 and re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2016 and 2020. Buckley has been the NDP’s Deputy Whip, and served as critic for Highways and Infrastructure, SaskEnergy, SaskWater, and the Water Security Agency. In the past, Buckley has served as minister in various portfolios including Northern Affairs, Environment, Community Resources, and Highways and Transportation. Prior to entering provincial politics, Buckley served three terms as mayor of Ile-a-la Crosse from 1988 to 1994. He has also worked as a journalist with the aboriginal publication New Breed and a programmer, producer, and administrator with the Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation in La Ronge. He and his wife Beckie have three daughters, Michelle, Kellie, and Taylor.