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Nettie Wiebe is a Canadian professor, born in 1949. She grew up near Warman, Saskatchewan. She has a BA and MA in Philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D in Philosophy from the University of Calgary.

Wiebe first became widely known as the Women's President from 1988-1994 and the President and CEO from 1995-1998 of the National Farmers Union. During her term she vocally defended the role of the Canadian Wheat Board in the marketing of prairie grains.

In 2001, Wiebe sought the leadership of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party (and by implication, the office of Premier of Saskatchewan, as the party was in government at the time), following the retirement of then premier and party leader Roy Romanow. For the first time in Saskatchewan, the NDP utilized One Member One Vote as its means of selecting a leader rather than a delegated leadership convention. Wiebe ran on the most explicitly left-wing platform of the major contenders, and placed third behind Chris Axworthy and the eventual winner, Lorne Calvert.

Wiebe chose not to run for a seat in the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan in the subsequent 2003 provincial election. However, she did run, unsuccessfully, as the federal New Democratic Party candidate in the 2004 federal election in the riding of Saskatoon—Humboldt, against Conservative candidate Brad Trost, Liberal candidate Patrick Wolfe, and incumbent independent Jim Pankiw. In what was the closest four-way race in the country, Wiebe placed second, with only 417 fewer votes than the winner, Brad Trost, and only 18 more votes than Wolfe (the third place candidate).

In the 2006 Canadian federal election, Wiebe ran as the NDP candidate in the riding of Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, but lost to incumbent Conservative Carol Skelton.

Wiebe is currently a professor of church and society at St. Andrew's College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She was once again the NDP candidate in Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar in the 2008 federal election, but was narrowly defeated by Kelly Block. She was considered a potential candidate for the 2009 Saskatchewan NDP leadership convention, following Calvert's resignation on October 17, 2008.[1] Wiebe later announced she would not run for the provincial leadership and instead focus on federal politics. [2] On September 9, 2009 she was re-nominated as the NDP candidate for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar for the next federal election. [3]

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Kelly Block 12,166 45.39% -0.15%
     New Democrat Nettie Wiebe 11,913 44.45% +5.47%
     Green Amber Jones 1,228 4.58% +2.06%
     Liberal Roy Bluehorn 1,176 4.39% -7.69%
     Independent Rick Barsky 134 0.5% +0.5%
     Christian Heritage Marcel Bourassa 111 0.41% -0.47%
     Libertarian Kevin Stricker 74 0.28% +0.28%
Total valid votes
Total rejected ballots
Turnout  %
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Carol Skelton 13,331 45.54% +0.71% $58,211
     New Democrat Nettie Wiebe 11,412 38.98% +2.75% $62,156
     Liberal Myron Luczka 3,536 12.08% -3.66% $2,869
     Green Rick Barsky 738 2.52% -0.65% $1,068
     Christian Heritage Marcel Bourassa 258 0.88% $4,463
Total valid votes 29,275 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 78 0.27%
Turnout 29,353 60.66%
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
     Conservative Brad Trost 9,444 26.74% $61,922
     New Democrat Nettie Wiebe 9,027 25.56% $58,415
     Liberal Patrick Wolfe 9,009 25.51% $66,060
     Independent Jim Pankiw 7,076 20.04% $73,828
     Green Ron Schriml 680 1.92% $25
     Not affiliated Larry Zarysky 71 0.20% $2,594
Total valid votes 35,307 100.00%
Total rejected ballots 66 0.19%
Turnout 35,373 62.97%


  1. ^ [ "Former Saskatchewan premier steps down as leader of NDP", Canadian Press October 17, 2008.
  2. ^ "No go for Nettie Wiebe" Prince Albert Daily Herald January 22, 2009
  3. ^ "Nettie Wiebe To Carry NDP Banner in Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar". Retrieved from on January 10, 2009

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