Premier Brad Wall is preparing for his final sitting of the Legislative Assembly, which begins Wednesday with the Throne Speech.
Wall says it will be a bitter-sweet session, given this will be his last in the Saskatchewan Legislature.
“Over the years, I”ve been able to represent the province outside of Saskatchewan,” Premier Wall said. “On trade missions and other parts of Canada at premiers’ meetings. That is just an honour I hoped that would have had from a fairly young age – because I’ve been interested in politics – but I never thought I would.”
The premier announced his retirement from politics in August.
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Wall says it will be tough getting through this session, given the recent successes in this province.
“And I’ve been able to do that, by the way,” Wall said. “Represent the province at an amazing time in the life of Saskatchewan. We really have had a decade of growth.”
He says he will miss representing Saskatchewan at major events.
“But we’ve had a very compelling story to a world that wants food security and energy security in our time,” Wall said. “Imagine being the lucky person that gets the chance to represent Saskatchewan at such a time as that.”
One point which will likely be raised in session is the cancellation of a one per cent reduction in the corporate income tax rate.
Speaking to reporters last week at the Legislature, Premier Wall said for Saskatchewan to be the most-competitive, it has to have the lowest corporate income tax rate.
The change wasn’t necessary since the B.C. government had increased its rate.
Wall says more details will be discussed in the Throne Speech.
Premier Wall has been the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan since November 21, 2007.
He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as the MLA for Swift Current in 1999, and re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2016.
Wall became leader of the Saskatchewan Party on March 15, 2004.