Erin Weir grew up in what is now Regina - Lewvan, attending Connaught School before completing degrees at the University of Regina, the University of Calgary and Queen’s University. He earned awards as the top graduate in economics at Regina and in policy studies at Queen’s. He and his debating partner won the Western Canadian Debate Championship - the only time the U of R has ever won this tournament.
After joining the federal public service in the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Department of Finance and the Privy Council Office, Erin also worked in both official languages as an economist for the Canadian Labour Congress, the International Trade Union Confederation and the United Steelworkers. He serves as president of the Progressive Economics Forum and on the national board of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Erin ran for leader of the Saskatchewan NDP in 2013, after working with the last three NDP premiers. On the Legislative Advisory Committee, he represented the party to Roy Romanow’s caucus. He wrote speeches for Lorne Calvert and researched the oil and gas chapter of Allan Blakeney’s memoirs.
Erin has served as president of the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats as well as on constituency executives, provincial council and provincial executive. He was a Regina federal NDP candidate in 2004 and has volunteered in dozens of provincial and federal campaigns across Canada. Jack Layton and Tom Mulcair relied on Erin’s economic advice in the 2008 federal NDP war room and in every budget lock-up when Mulcair was finance critic.
Erin wants to provide a progressive voice on issues that matter to Regina. Over the years, the House of Commons finance committee has invited Erin to testify several times on corporate taxes and Jack Layton quoted his research in Question Period. Erin will keep pushing to reverse Conservative corporate tax cuts, close loopholes and pursue corporate tax cheats.
In Erin's leadership campaign, he proposed a universally accessible early learning and childcare system. As a labour economist, he has consistently advocated enhancing Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security. Increased investments in renewable power, building retrofits and public transit will help create jobs and a greener, more sustainable society for future generations.
In 2015, Erin was elected as the Member of Parliament for Regina-Lewvan. He serves as the NDP's critic for Public Services and Procurement.