Only yesterday, the provincial government announced that the representative for Saskatoon Meewasin had been diagnosed with cancer.

Parent died Tuesday night at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon surrounded by family. He was 63.

“Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to Roger’s family,” Premier Brad Wall said in a news release. “This is a huge shock to all of us. Roger was here in the Assembly carrying out his duties throughout most of the fall session and only learned he had cancer in the past couple of weeks.

“This is a sad day and sudden loss for all of us who knew Roger.”

Flags at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building will fly at half-mast this morning. As well, Parent’s chair will be draped today.

Parent had been an MLA since 2011. He had served on a number of committees, including the Standing Committee for Human Services, the Standing Committee for Private Bills and the Special Committee on Traffic Safety.

Before he was elected, Parent was also involved with the Saskatoon Homelessness Initiative Partnership, SREDA Aboriginal Economic Development Committee, Saskatchewan Committee on Aboriginal Procurement and Métis Nation