There was no celebratory drinking of Orange Crush by the NDP on November 7. Photo by Josee St-Onge.
by Josee St-Onge
Despite his loss, Pedersen hasn’t given up on his dream of greening up the NDP.
“That dream is not over. That’s the one of the big reasons that I got involved in politics and that remains a passion of mine,” he said.
At the time, Shasko had said that she no longer felt that the Green Party was the best way to achieve the goal of a "sustainable, ecological future" and mentioned frustrations with internal issues in the party.
Instead, she preferred to focus her energy on helping elect a candidate with a stronger chance of success. In the end, 36 year old Pedersen was once again defeated by Bill Hutchinson of the Sask. Party, by more than 800 votes.
Yens Pedersen, who is a lawyer in Regina, was known within the NDP as a credible advocate for a green economy. He lost the 2007 provincial elections to Bill Hutchinson by a margin of only 255 votes.
Pedersen still managed to keep his sense of humor, despite his loss. When asked what the next step was for him, he replied “Putting winter tires on my car.”