He’s of the first Sask Party MLAs elected in Saskatchewan, and currently chairing a Sask Party campaign in Saskatoon.
Definitely not a fan of drunk driving.
In 2014 Kerpan’s 25-year-old daughter, Danille, had her life snuffed out in an instant, when her vehicle was hit head-on by a drunk driver on Highway 11.
In January of 2016, after the driver who killed his daughter was sentenced, Kerpan advocated for more and new ways on both the provincial and federal front, to stop drunk drivers.
“I’m advocating for the three-strike rule,” he said. “Whereby if you get three [driving while impaired convictions] you lose your privilege to drive forever; it’s just that simple.”
But twice is cool for the privilege of running for provincial office?
Right now the current slate of Sask Party candidates has five DUI convictions between three candidates.
Sure, people can change. But if it wasn’t such a big deal, and if you’ve changed, why hide the convictions from the public in the first place?
More importantly, when is any government – any party – going to start leading by example and adopting a zero-tolerance stance for drunk driving convictions?
Would that punish some today unnecessarily, and perhaps inhibit their political aspirations – yep.
Would it possibly deter individuals, especially youth, with political aspirations, from drinking and driving, possibly saving another life, even one – yep.
Yes, it really is that easy.
Update – since I wrote this, the Saskatchewan NDP have announced they have two candidates with DUI convictions. Yaaaay Saskatchewan.