It's been an opportunity Nicole Sarauer never expected would come her way in 2017.
The interim leader of the Saskatchewan NDP looked back at her year and said she had about a week to prepare for this role
The representative for Regina Douglas Park says she completely had to change how she approached her role as MLA.
"To say it's been a rollercoaster would be, I think, an understatement," Sarauer stated in a year-end interview. "However, I've been very humbled by the amount of support that I've gotten. Both within my caucus and also humbled by the support I've received from the outer community as well."
Sarauer has about two more months in her role as the interim leader of the NDP.
On June 20, Sarauer was selected to succeed Trent Wotherspoon as Leader of the Opposition and says one of her biggest challenges was facing Brad Wall in the legislative assembly.
"I'm honoured to have had the opportunity and I think it's frankly helped me grow a lot," Sarauer said when speaking of her time debating issues across from Premier Brad Wall. "And, like I said, our styles are a little bit different. I think we were able to push some issues forward this session - even though both parties are going through a transition period."
Sarauer says her short time as interim leader has made her a better MLA.
"We're not going to be slowing down," Sarauer said regarding the pending NDP leadership vote which will take place in early March. "Because we do recognize this still is a very important time for the province. Frankly, we're still hearing loud and clear that people are suffering from the last budget. And we can't stop our work as an opposition, just because we are going through a leadership race."
The Saskatchewan NDP will elect a new leader March 3, 2018. [ckrm Christina Cherneskey]