Moose Jaw is about 2,655 km by road from Parliament Hill, and would take 28 hours of driving time through the U.S. The straight-line distance by air is 2,275 km.
This riding takes in most of the land between Regina and Saskatoon.
Encompassing a large swathe of southern Saskatchewan, this riding is home to Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, Last Mountain Lake (with its many beaches, national wildlife area and bird sanctuary) and the eastern half of Danielson Provincial Park. True to its name, the riding is also dotted with many bodies of water including part of Diefenbaker Lake which was named in honour of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister.
About 4% of the riding’s inhabitants identify as first-generation immigrants to Canada. The largest proportions came from the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Philippines.
German is the most common non-official language, followed by Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish, and Ukrainian. The most common Indigenous languages spoken are Cree languages.
The average individual income for this riding is $39,885 while the median income is 31,436.
The tunnels of Moose Jaw were used by bootleggers during the 1920s Prohibition era in the United States. Tours of the tunnels are now offered.
Crescent Park is a 28-acre park in Moose Jaw and includes trails, a tennis club and lawn bowling, a library, pool, museum, art gallery, and amphitheatre.
The Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League have played here since relocating from Winnipeg in 1984.
This riding is the home of the Snowbirds, Canada’s military air demonstration squad. They are based at Canadian Forces Base Moose Jaw which has been a training site for air force personnel since the Second World War.
Also located in this riding is Little Manitou Lake which has a salt concentration three times larger than an ocean, and gives the lake water great buoyancy. It’s known as the “Dead Sea of Canada”.
The economy is fueled by potash mining, agriculture, transportation, oil and gas, tourism, and healthcare.
This riding is a hub of industrial transportation, having both national railways, the Trans-Canada Highway, major power transmission lines, natural gas, and water pipelines.
Moose Jaw is the largest distribution centre for livestock in Saskatchewan.
The city of Moose Jaw has several policy goals and initiatives to tackle the issues of sustainability and meet environmental standards. These include water conservation, landfill reduction through increased recycling and composting, carbon emission reductions from energy conservation, and promoting the use of alternate energy sources.
Born in Neustadt, Ontario in 1895, former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s family would eventually settle in Saskatchewan. It was there at the age of 10 that a young Diefenbaker told his family he wanted to be prime minister when he was older. Diefenbaker served in the Canadian military during the First World War until 1917 when he was declared medically unfit for duty. He returned to university to gain his LLB and then opened a law practice in 1919. He would suffer a rocky start to his political career, failing to become an MP twice, an MLA twice and losing the race for mayor of Prince Albert. Even as leader of the Saskatchewan Conservative party he lost in the 1938 election and his party gained no seats. Finally, in 1940 he became the MP for Lake Centre, and prime minister from 1957 to 1963. He remained as an MP until his death in 1979.
Indigenous communities in this riding include:
Saskatoon Tribal Council
Whitecap Dakota First Nation