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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:49

Ens to battle Wall for Swift Current riding

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aaron Ens has always dreamed about becoming a politician.

Now he has a chance for his dream to come true, but he’ll have to overcome a monumental task for that to happen: Defeat Premier Brad Wall in his riding during the Nov. 7 election.

Ens, a Swift Current native who is studying political science and history at the University of Regina, was officially named the NDP’s candidate for the election at a meeting Aug. 29 and he’s excited to gain some political experience this fall.

“This is what I'm going to school for and the NDP is what most represents the values I hold and an opportunity to run against the Premier in his own riding for a young person and first-time candidate as well is just phenomenal,” he said.

Ens grew up in Swift Current and was a member of the Southwest Cultural Development Group from 2005 to 2006. He was also a board member of the Swift Current Fringe Festival and he was involved in the Community Action Team before leaving for university. The Community Action Team discussed the effects and prevention of drug use in the community and the positive benefits of recreation.

Ens is currently in his second academic year at university, although he started his studies in 2006. He has taken some time away from university to build up his finances so he can afford school.

He will be taking the upcoming semester off so he can return home to run for the NDP.

Although Ens and the NDP have not yet released their platform, he is concerned that not everyone in Saskatchewan is benefiting from the economic boom and the housing situation in the city.

“Housing in this city, specifically for seniors, is very difficult,” he said. “There's a waiting list for 18 months to get into seniors' living centre and seniors' rental properties and that's absurd that we're doing so well and yet there are people who aren't able to share in that prosperity.

“We believe that the housing situation has to change. There has to be a strategy to remedy these problems and a lot of them will come out later as our platform comes out.”

Ens knows he has a huge task ahead of him to take on the Premier in his hometown this fall.

Regardless of how the election results come out, he’s looking forward to gaining some experience in the political world.

“I think we have an opportunity to do a lot for this constituency and get a lot of hype out there. With any luck, I'll give a bit of a challenge to Mr. Wall,” he said.

“The experience in itself, once I've done this once –– the opportunities are endless.”

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