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soulchaser
08-10-2017, 10:28 AM
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/cp-newsalert-saskatchewan-premier-brad-160122986.html

REGINA Brad Wall says he is retiring from politics after a decade as premier of Saskatchewan.
He made the announcement in an online video posted Thursday morning saying it's time for renewal for*his Saskatchewan*Party and the province.
"This November will mark 10 years since I had the incredible honour of being elected as Premier of this wonderful province that I love. I've always thought that the 10-year mark**should I be so fortunate to serve that long**might be the right time to re-evaluate," he said. *
"It's time for me to retire from politics."
Wall says he will stay on until his successor is chosen.
"And until then, there's still a lot of work to do," Wall said.

soulchaser
08-10-2017, 10:30 AM
Seriously?

He couldn't have made this decision a year ago when people were pushing him to run for the CPC leadership?

kennymo
08-10-2017, 10:39 AM
Noooo...

Billythreefeathers
08-10-2017, 10:40 AM
Brad Wall Retiring From Politics After Almost A Decade As Saskatchewan Premier

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/08/10/brad-wall-retiring-from-politics-after-almost-a-decade-as-saskat_a_23073671/?utm_hp_ref=ca-homepage

REGINA — Brad Wall says he is retiring from politics after a decade as premier of Saskatchewan.

He made the announcement in an online video posted Thursday morning saying it's time for renewal for his Saskatchewan Party and the province.


"This November will mark 10 years since I had the incredible honour of being elected as Premier of this wonderful province that I love. I've always thought that the 10-year mark — should I be so fortunate to serve that long — might be the right time to re-evaluate," he said.

"It's time for me to retire from politics."

Wall says he will stay on until his successor is chosen.

"And until then, there's still a lot of work to do," Wall said.

"Saskatchewan needs renewal, a fresh perspective in leadership. This was such a difficult decision to make. It is hard to lay this duty down, to retire from what has been and what will always be the honour of my working life. But it is time."


THE CANADIAN PRESS
Brad Wall became Saskatchewan's premier in 2007.
Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won three consecutive provincial elections, the last in 2016 where they took 51 of 61 seats. The party, which formed 20 years ago out of an alliance of disaffected Tories and Liberals, took more than 50 per cent of the popular vote in each of the contests.

Wall, who is 51, routinely places high in opinion polls ranking the country's most popular premiers and his knack for the zinger soundbite has made him a national political figure.

Canada's Least, Most Popular Premiers (June 2017)
But he's faced headwinds in recent months, especially after his government tabled an austerity budget this spring.

With a bottom line battered by low resource prices, the budget cut library and education funding, as well as grants to municipalities, although cash for libraries was later restored.

It raised the provincial sales tax and added it to things that were previously exempt, such as children's clothing and restaurant meals.

The government also shut down the provincial bus company to help tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.

In May, a Mainstreet Research poll suggested Wall's party had dropped steeply in voter support and had fallen nine points behind the leaderless Opposition New Democrats.

Saskatchewan needs renewal, a fresh perspective in leadership.
Observers called the poll a sign of a "a sea change" and the results breathed life into an otherwise stagnant NDP leadership race.

With trouble at home, Wall has been training his political guns afar, railing against opposition to pipeline projects that would see central Canada's crude oil pumped to the coasts and markets overseas.

He's also waged war with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the federal government's plan to force provinces to put a price on carbon, pledging to take his fight all the way to the courts if necessary.

Wall said he is leaving the province in better shape than it was in when he first took office.

"Saskatchewan is growing and vibrant and strong," he said. "And I will be forever grateful that I had the opportunity to play some small part in all of that."

Wall graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in public administration and has spent much of his time since in politics.

He was a backroom guy at first. In the 1980s, he worked in Ottawa in the office of Swift Current Tory MP Geoff Wilson. He returned to Saskatchewan and worked as a ministerial assistant in Grant Devine's Progressive Conservative government.

He was first elected in 1999 under the banner of the newly formed Saskatchewan Party and made a successful bid for the party's top job after it lost a 2003 election many felt it should have won.

In 2007, Wall led the Saskatchewan Party to victory in the provincial election.


THE CANADIAN PRESS
Premier Brad Wall speaks with members of the media following the 2017 budget speech at the Legislative Building in Regina, March 22, 2017.
A tape from his time in the Tory backrooms came back to haunt him soon after he was elected. The provincial NDP unearthed a video cassette of Wall yucking it up with fellow Tory staffers, criticizing NDP leader Roy Romanow in a thick Eastern European accent. Romanow is of Ukrainian heritage.

Wall apologized and said he wasn't trying to slight a particular group. The controversy didn't stick.

Four years later, he cruised to his second mandate as the Saskatchewan Party took more than 60 per cent of the popular vote along with 49 of 58 seats in the legislature. The largest popular vote before that had been 57 per cent by the Liberals in 1912.

Wall and his wife, Tami, still keep their home in Swift Current. Their son Colter, who has a budding country music career, and two daughters Megan and Faith aren't children anymore.

Still, Wall makes the two-hour trip home from Regina most nights.

blacksmithden
08-10-2017, 11:46 AM
Hopefully theres at least one person in that party that has half the spine he has. I was really looking forward to seeing him, and either Brian Jean or Jason Kenney, giving Ottawa a big old tandem Trudeau salute together.

TJSpeller
08-10-2017, 12:56 PM
He probably needs a rest from politics. If he takes a few years off, and if he then feels the urge again, he probably would be the best person to replace Scheer if Scheer fails to get Trudeau out, or at least to a minority.

killer kane
08-10-2017, 02:13 PM
God help em if the dippers get back in. Hell, if the commies form govt. in Saskatchewan, then I'm thinking it's Manitoba and Alberta and that's it once we punt the c...ommies out.

Swampdonkey
08-10-2017, 03:49 PM
Maybe he's about to become a grandfather.

SIR VEYOR
08-10-2017, 05:21 PM
God help em if the dippers get back in. Hell, if the commies form govt. in Saskatchewan, then I'm thinking it's Manitoba and Alberta and that's it once we punt the c...ommies out.

So BC, AB,SK,MB could be all NDP at the same time...
ON could go NDP out of Liberal overload.
So then Atlantic Canada would be right and the west left. So politics would finally mirror the maps...

RangeBob
08-10-2017, 05:29 PM
re original post.

Well, drat.

Dewey Cox
08-10-2017, 05:53 PM
We need more brad wall, not less.

Coke
08-10-2017, 08:27 PM
The Liberals must be cackling with glee. Brad Wall was the only conservative Premier left, and a lone voice of reason against the creeping federal carbon tax. I feel bad for Saskatchewan and Canada now, all we are left with is progressive governments from coast to coast - we are doomed as a country...

oilman28
08-11-2017, 11:08 AM
It sounds like he is calling it quits now to give his replacement enough time to get settled into office before the 2020 election. Im disappointed he is leaving but he has been in office ten years. The sask party has a number of qualified people that will run for the leadership. If any of you guys from sask want to get involved with choosing the next leader join the sask party and vote.