POLITICS

Wascana Liberal Ralph Goodale celebrates 25 years as member of Parliament

10/23/2013 11:36 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
SASKATOON - Saskatchewan Liberal MP Ralph Goodale is celebrating his silver anniversary as a member of Parliament this week.

As of Friday, Goodale will have served 25 years in the house.

Goodale says he gets satisfaction from having represented his friends, neighbours and colleagues for that long.

He also notes that he's actually been in politics for 40 years, having served time in provincial politics as well.

Goodale was first elected to Parliament in 1974, when he was 24 years old.

He held the seat for five years, then went into provincial politics and the private sector until 1993, when he was again elected to represent Wascana.

"I think it's important to always be deeply rooted in the constituency that you propose to represent," said Goodale.

"Some MPs make the decision once they're elected to move to Ottawa and then travel back to the riding on the weekend. I think that turns your paradigm on its head, it changes your perspective. I think it's always important to be the representative of your constituency in Ottawa rather than being Ottawa's representative in your constituency."

He said his work isn't done yet and he is looking forward to the next election.

"It's extraordinarily important that we give Canadians all the right reasons to vote for Justin Trudeau and make him the next prime minister of Canada."

(CKOM)