About Gary Vidal
Gary is the Member of Parliament for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River. With over 30 years experience in accounting, municipal politics, and serving on non-profit and provincial boards, Gary has had the honour of representing Northern Saskatchewan at the Federal level since 2019. Since being elected, he has held the role of critic for both Indigenous Services Canada and Crown Indigenous Relations. He currently serves as the Shadow Minister of Indigenous Services for the Conservative Party of Canada under the leadership of Pierre Poilievre.
Born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Gary has had the privilege of raising four children in his hometown alongside his wife, Lori. As a business owner, mayor, father, coach, and volunteer, Gary has spent years investing in Saskatchewan’s North before entering politics.
He graduated from Carpenter High School in 1983 and went on to study at the University of Saskatchewan and Briercrest Bible College. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) and was a partner in the accounting firm Pliska Vidal & Co. Gary was elected Mayor of the City of Meadow Lake in September of 2011 where he served his community until his resignation in March of 2019. He was elected Vice-Chair of the Saskatchewan City Mayors Caucus from 2016 to 2018. He was appointed to the SaskWater Board of Directors in 2008 where he served nearly a decade until 2017. During that time, he held various roles including Chair of the Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and finally, Chair of the Board from 2015 to 2017.