New Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili finding balance between politics, family
REGINA — Sleep has been hard to come by for Ryan Meili so far this year.

The new Saskatchewan NDP leader has had to juggle a leadership race along with raising two young children with his wife, Mahli Brindamour.

His oldest son, Abraham, is six and often kept his dad company on trips during the campaign.

Little Augustin is just six months old.

“New baby in campaign meant that sleep is a distant memory,” Meili says.

“At the same time, it’s been something fun because the campaign life can be pretty stressful. Coming home to Abe and Gus sort of puts everything in perspective and I enjoy that.”

Meili, 42, defeated Trent Wotherspoon earlier this month to win the leadership of Saskatchewan’s official Opposition.

The NDP and its predecessor the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation have a proud history in the province. Meili follows in the footsteps of such political heavyweights as Tommy Douglas, Allan Blakeney and Roy Romanow, who were all party leaders and premiers.

Meili grew up in Courval, Sask., a tiny dot on the map southwest of Moose Jaw.

A family doctor by trade, he has practised across the province and did his residency in Saskatoon, where he’s spent the last several years. In 2012, he released a book called “A Healthy Society,” which argues that a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy.

His wife is also a doctor, a pediatrician, who focuses on refugee health.