MLA’s on both sides of the Saskatchewan legislature today (Tues.) paid tribute to Melfort SaskParty MLA Kevin Phillips.
The former Mayor of Melfort passed away suddenly Monday at the age of 63.
Speaking in the legislature, Wall said Phillips led a life of security, family and community.
“He was very deliberate and direct about what Melfort needed from it’s provincial government, in terms of a partnership,” Wall said. “He was also one to recognize when maybe he thought we had done some things right, and that was the balance with which I think he conducted himself in this place.”
Wall says one of Phillips’ many accomplishments for Melfort were his efforts to secure a new domestic violence shelter.
Interim NDP leader Nicole Sarauer also expressed her condolences on the passing of Phillips, calling him an incredibly kind man.
“I often had the opportunity to speak with him at MLA receptions. He always took time to speak to me, to speak to many of my colleagues,” Sarauer recalled. “He often shared with me advice, wisdom, life, politics.”
Phillips was first elected to the Legislature in 2011 and re-elected in 2016.
Phillips is survived by his wife April, four children and several grandchildren.
Flags at the Saskatchewan Legislature have been lowered to half staff in honour of Kevin Phillips.
(With files from CKRM)