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Why Vote for MLA … modern political comedy.

Many have been asked point blank, “Why vote for a candidate in the MLA election?” and “Has the MLA ever done anything for you that you are aware of?”  

These two questions go hand in hand. The public has become complacent in this type of election as a flashing question goes unanswered, “WHY?”  

Personally, in researching Saskatoon Nutana MLA, nothing has been done for Nutana residents. Some social activities have been created for other areas of the province but a huge blank white noise screen shows for Nutana. 

Each politician knocks doors invading personal time for their benefit informing the aroused tenant this is what they should do for the candidate. The sign of a truly talented politician is to stimulate the electorate into action where they think it is for their good when it is completely opposite. LOL

This election in Nutana presented initially two candidates, one who has been employed by the oil and gas sector (corporations), the other has done little if anything to qualify if possible for being an MLA. Did the party in power just surrender the seat to the opposition?  Why?  

The corporate sponsors have enabled the larger than life billboards, massive flyers, controlled the debates and the list goes on. Do you trust the provincial corporations?  They appear to be running the show and it isn’t a comedy. 

A new candidate entered the laugh-less contest in Saskatoon Nutana. Albert Chubak. A self proclaimed capitalist, businessman, entrepreneur, international speaker and writer…with a personal conviction of helping those in the community as well as the environment, including tiny insect pollinators.

Everything needs a balance. Once politicians in the province of Saskatchewan fought for the most centre position.  Those days have changed. Now a strong opposition is needed to regain balance for all, away from billion dollar corporations controlling what you see and hear.  

Do you trust those funded by powerful corporations?  

There is a laughable aspect of this election recently witnessed, have constituents pay for a membership into a political party.  Then…wait for it…do nothing for them. 

I took this photo of a resting bumble bee two weeks ago while walking along the river. I had to stop and encourage it to vote…wait, yah the ecosystem can’t do that.

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Politics – I can play too!

Yesterday I was informed by a prior political adviser to one of the current parties in Saskatchewan that my campaign can be DISQUALIFIED. Oh, really! How might this occur? Well…it appears to some it may be seen as bribing the constituents by saying, “I am committed to giving back from my MLA salary if elected, monthly or 20% of the basic MLA salary to the constituents of Saskatoon Nutana.” No where did I say a name, no where did I say an exact amount, no where did I say an exact time this clandestine event would occur. LOL.

The Saskatchewan Elections Act is a great place to find information on this very thing. Pages and pages of STUFF regulating how elections in Saskatchewan are controlled. The 1930 Revised act Chapter 4 goes over disqualification in sections 42-44. Nope, none apply here. Completely irrelevant. It does say for interest though, “Executory contracts arising out of elections void. 192 Every executory contract, promise or undertaking in any way referring to, arising out of or dependent upon an election, even for the payment of lawful expenses or the doing of a lawful act, shall be void.R.S.S. 1920, c.3, s.267; R.S.S. 1930, c.4, s.192.” Clearly the meaning behind this statement must have changed otherwise Scott Moe’s statements surrounding “home renovations” and “athlete tax credits” to mention two would be promises arising out of elections and would be considered void.

The New Saskatchewan Elections Act of 2015 “Chapter L-30.11* of The Statutes of Saskatchewan, 2015 (effective January 1, 2016) as amended by the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 2017, c.P-30.3; and 2019, c.10.” lists “Bribery” as an item of concern. It will take a bit to wrap your brain around this piece of political trash in relation to elections considering the Premier and Opposition Leader both were talking about spending, promises of tax credits for this or that, they promise the moon prior to the voter entering the voting booth.

A few items to consider are as follows:

1) Home construction money

2) Athletic tax credit

These offers are directed at a specific group of people in the province as not all are in a position to benefit from them. Shouldn’t offers be universally available to all residents of Saskatchewan otherwise, in this case, class bias appears? If you don’t own a home, or rent, the construction money is unavailable. If you don’t have kids in athletics and need more equipment then this too is unavailable. Perhaps it is still defined as first the consumer has to pay something to get something in return, well this from my law classes is a classic contract with “offer and acceptance”…listed above as a bribe in an election.

The question now is, “How is my offer of taking a 20% reduction of my salary if elected and giving it back to those in need in my political area viewed as a “bribery” or “undue influence?” Who has been influencing who?

Back to the question, as a political candidate I have promised no one specifically and have not offered any contract that anyone who can be identified, nor a date to, or a specific amount, but is actually quite vague. I was also not looking for a tax credit by suggesting the cut and distribution of salary. In fact, people still would have to apply in writing for themselves or via a friend to be considered for any of it. Setting up a volunteer panel from the local constituency / community was the plan of who and how the funds would be dispersed. Leaving no relationship to myself and whomever gets the gift. The guide to the volunteers would be to give in smaller amounts to those in need. If larger amounts are needed, then these volunteers can look beyond their resources for others in the community to further assist. However, enabling this committee to seek beyond letters and emails for causes to support would be within their scope. Perhaps it can be identified as the “MLA Emergency Fund of Nutana”.

In time, those in the community who would like to additionally help, that avenue will be available. Once the committee is formed they will run the show, so to speak.

Note: I am not asking or seeking political contributions for a campaign, for posters, billboards, huge political mailers, or for grandstanding my political party at the expense of the province through tax credits or corporate sponsors on late night television and news media. So…who is bribing who and who is using undue influence?

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Elections – Who are they for, the people or the candidate?

Elections mean the most to younger people as they have a future to consider…comprising yet many decades.
The toughest thing I have seen this election is a MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) works for their party to achieve what the party wants and NOT for the constituents. It may be the party goals and the politician see exactly the same way…I really doubt this.


I am running for the Saskatchewan Green Party but I have many things I personally want to see addressed or corrected that are outside of my political party’s focus, that is okay. It shows I am thinking about the community around me and not just what the leaders say is important. I have learned what politicians tell you is important is important to their leader and so they agree. It is ironic I say this as I too am following a platform laid out by the party leader. The part that is important, I have my own issues I have seen and heard about in my area that needs help.


How can a MLA show their constituents they are working for them and not entirely for the party or lobbyists? It would be insightful to open the bank deposits of all elected officials to see what money they are getting and from whom? It has to be a wonder for some how elected officials are retiring with immense fortunes acquired since being elected to office. Another great yardstick would be for an MLA once elected to be required to show to their constituents what they have done for their area. Not the province as a whole but the specific area. Another would be to know what individual goals for the area a MLA has, or is their focus just to follow the provincial leader? One more, be accountable to ALL the people and businesses in their area, not just the wealthier ones with influence.


As always people are concerned about their jobs, their savings, social insurance, their health, their homes, their education, their future, that is a given always.


Giving a tiny tax credit here or there accounts for little. Abandoning the STC (provincial bus system) was huge and devastating to many seniors, small towns, young people, those without transportation, and shipping services for businesses to name a few. The STC was chopped so fast and still the party in power thinks many didn’t notice! How about the personal RV being stored in the abandoned fenced in new Bus Terminal in Regina? Who is benefiting from that?


One person said about children living on the streets, “some kids prefer it”! Should kids really be making that kind of decision? Putting them into school doesn’t solve how they are going to eat or sleep or be safe and warm. There needs to be more for those kids now so they are not huge issues later. In other areas I have lived isolated ranches exist where kids can be cared for, taught, and learn away from social threats. Just a thought.

Business incubators are vital and so are places for these young businesses to expand and grow. There are so many places in Saskatoon with lease signs or are levelled lots waiting for construction yet the capital needed to acquire them are out of reach for a new business. There are low income housing for seniors and families, why not a low income business locations where businesses can grow from?


Why isn’t there more places for locals to spend their money in recreational activities here locally in the city? Having hotels, bars, and restaurants is one thing but our youth, residents, and visitors need more, lots more.


These are concerns and even if not elected will continue to focus on. Really! My focus isn’t just for politics, it is because it is needed.

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What Do I Believe?

Since throwing the rodeo hat into the MLA-Nutana ring, some have asked “what do you believe”. This may not be the right question to be asking. As an elected politician it is their job to do as their constituents want, not serve their own interests. Personal beliefs of the MLA have little to do with what those in Nutana need to know. Being elected should eliminate individual desires and even own needs as they are replaced by the needs of those being represented. Your concerns will remain a top priority and will get responses on how it is progressing.

Sadly EVERYONE says the same, “What has an MLA ever done for me…nothing, not one thing I can think of”. No one has come up with a single item in countless discussions. That is about to change!

In other organizations my volunteer service was aimed at increasing attendees or membership, stimulating activity, creating better events, balancing budgets, creating a great organization, however this is not the case here as all the constituents in this area already exist and only want someone to fight for their needs. It is not an MLA’s job to tell constituents what they need, but can list options. One household may have issues with employment, another may be struggling as a small business owner, another may be retired needing additional funds for a variety of reasons, many are looking for Covid19 relief, the list continues. Many needs exist and countless politicians continue to tell their area this is what is important for them as their party sees it. Albert Chubak is not that politician.

Once elected view your MLA as your servant, friend and neighbour with a home in this political area. As a personal statement, “I’ll work in my office, in the Provincial capital, and the streets and homes of Nutana for those of this area. My cell number is 306-361-6655. I want to hear from those in this area, share what you need me to fight for, hear your concerns, even what you liked and why?” The MLA for Nutana should not focus not across the river, nor the north end industrial area, not downtown…it is here from the river on the west to the University bridge, to Clarence on east then winding south to Taylor, west to Adelaide then on Lorne to the city limits back to the river by Diefenbaker park. Everything and anything that is important to those in this area is important to this future MLA of Nutana.

The MLA Nutana office will be open daily with a WELCOME sign for those to enter. Come visit or to share challenges, both are welcome. While in the office, there will be things to see, read, laugh over and get angry about. History of Nutana to issues on the board that are being worked on. In addition, the homes and businesses in Nutana will get visits seeking out what needs to be done to make this area better. What a politician does is work out the details of what is asked of them. There will be give-and-take as that is politics. What should not be in politics is promises that are made in gaining a vote only to be ignored after the tallies are in.

In considering this new undertaking issues facing Nutanaians including financial hardships will be personally addressed by taking 20% off of what an MLA receives for a base salary and will be committed it back to Nutana monthly! It may go to organizations, struggling businesses, people, athletes, artists, children, or those with special needs, in hope it finds a more needed place than just in the elected MLA’s pocket. This will continue for the entire time while in elected office for Nutana. Those in the area who feel a need is being overlooked, they can write an email or letter and it will be considered for this monthly gift. Send modest requests to Albert.Chubak@gmail.com. These requests can be for others whom are struggling in the Nutana area.

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Giving Back 20%

An MLA in Saskatchewan makes about $100,068 a year, yet some make significantly more depending on their duties. Others may have other jobs and interests besides serving as an MLA. (https://www.legassembly.sk.ca/media/1155/annualschedule.pdf).

As a candidate for the Saskatoon Nutana MLA a decision was made to donate 20% of the base MLA salary if elected to various causes and needs within the Nutana constituency. $50 to $100 gifts will be given out monthly, with some gifts being larger depending on the needs. This will add up to about $2000 a month in an area with 11,362 residences. At a gift rate of $50, 40 people per month will benefit, with almost 2000 people during the 4 year term cycle. Over the course of two terms, about 4000 people would benefit, or 1/3 of the residences of Nutana. It adds up to almost a $100,000 over a 4 year term.

What causes and needs would qualify and who could benefit?

Any significant need submitted by email or by regular post will be considered. Depending on the demand, a volunteer committee will be chosen to select individuals or businesses in the Nutana area. Lemonade stands with entrepreneur hearts, to musical and athletically minded people of all ages, to elderly with needs, students with needs unable to be met, to homes with challenges, even businesses with an obvious challenge. The amounts will not be set to a specific amount, but may be $25 and up.

It is not intended to be regular support only as gifts to help different people monthly in a little way where the MLA in Nutana understands and is willing to give back.

In some cases, others may be brought in to additionally donate towards a greater cause. It is essential for an MLA to understand the needs of those being represented. This will ensure, if elected, MLA eyes will always be watchful on what is going on, or feeling the pulse in Nutana.

Donations for the campaign to elect Albert Chubak Nutana MLA are to be submitted to the business manager for the candidate, Dave Abby at dave.abbey@saskgreen.ca.

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Protecting Our Streets

Saskatoon’s 8th Street Nutana area just had its 3rd stabbing this year! There are children who are homeless and living down by the river and anywhere they can. Let me repeat, CHILDREN who are homeless and are just trying to survive.

Scott Moe and the Sask Party are giving a $150 tax credit to families with children in athletic activities. Let’s get to the real issues and don’t continue to patronize the residents with a “rich persons” problem of the high costs of having your children in sports activities. That is really messed up!

How are you helping to protect our streets? What tax credit can you give to the homeless kids struggling for daily survival? There are many children in Saskatoon living along our beautiful river. Can you comprehend from a child’s perspective of how scary the world must be? What about the rising taxes and the older residents and shut-ins with limited incomes? Small businesses were just annihilated during the Covid19 shutdown and many had to close permanently. The loss of their business was their life, their savings, with their endless efforts to help grow the economy and now what is to happen to them?

Our politicians clearly need new eyes and someone with compassion instead of voting for a raise, like they just did. I promise 20% of my MLA salary will go back to those who need, here and now.

Making a change does not happen by doing the same as was done before! Change starts here and now for Nutana, October 26. Go vote!

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Why Am I Running For MLA?

Let me be clear, I am not running for MLA of Nutana in Saskatoon because of my corporate affiliations as I have none in Saskatchewan. I have not ran on any boards or committees in any capacity in Canada, not one.

I am here to represent the people, that is my goal.

Now to also be clear, I have served on many boards and committees in the United States, even though this is my home. I bring new eyes to the table.

I always hoped to return home. Last December I returned to help family. Since returning I have hauled off over 30,000lbs of metal to recycling, dumped 150 cubic yards of trash, and have hauled about 8 tons of paper to Sarcan.

I know what it is like for struggling families financially very intimately.

No silver spoon has ever been a part of my upbringing.

I know what it is like to have close family members addicted to chemicals and how to help them as I have done it.

I have been in those trenches, I have fought for those that I love.

I know divorce intimately and loved raising my children and would fight to hell’s gates for them.

I was the first in my family to attend university, first to serve a religious mission, first to achieve a national level in sports, and yet last in my family to be born.

I created an international product from scratch, fought big business and later was asked to write for them! And even though I am now away from the US, I still write for them. Created and successfully patented a product. Have been involved with import and export for many years.

I know what it is like to loose a father at a young age and feel like you are getting the scraps out of the slop bucket.

I understand illness as my family has a genetic disease that mutates to cancer. I understand family loss because of it. At 13 I held my once large framed father’s hand as he passed away.

I create friends everywhere I go because I care and can relate to almost everyone. I do not push my beliefs on others but will fight those who force me to just follow.

I am NOT a follower but a doer on ALL levels.

My “I’s” in this post are numerous but they now are for you the constituents of my area.

Who do you want fighting for you? A boy from the west side who didn’t care where he lived or what he was told he could or couldn’t do.
You can do anything you want enough, I can say that from experience.

My campaign has no corporate sponsors, no external funding, yet I am here to win.