Saskatchewan MLA Kevin Phillips dies sud­denly; premier says col­leagues shocked

Medicine Hat News - - WEST -

REGINA Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says mem­bers of the leg­is­la­ture are shocked and sad­dened at the sud­den death of MLA Kevin Phillips.

The mem­ber for Melfort died Mon­day night; how­ever, there are no fur­ther de­tails at this point, in­clud­ing the cause of death.

Phillips was first elected to the leg­is­la­ture for the gov­ern­ing Saskatchewan Party in the 2011 provin­cial elec­tion and was re­elected in 2016.

The gov­ern­ment says his ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded get­ting a new do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ter for Melfort — the first such shel­ter opened in Saskatchewan since 1989.

Prior to his elec­tion to the leg­is­la­ture, the for­mer Melfort mayor was a part­ner with the Melfort Jour­nal news­pa­per for more than 25 years and also sat on the board of the Cana­dian Com­mu­nity News­pa­per As­so­ci­a­tion.

Phillips, who was 63, was mar­ried with four chil­dren and five grand­chil­dren.

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