After being Saskatchewan’s Premier since November of 2007, Brad Wall announced Thursday he will step down once the Saskatchewan Party finds a successor.
Wall made the announcement live on Facebook, then held a news conference at the Saskatchewan Legislature shortly thereafter.
What is next for the 51 year old from Swift Current who has served as the city’s MLA since 1999 is a question many are asking now.
“Well, I don’t have immediate prospects, but there are things I would be interested in doing,” Wall said during his announcement at the Saskatchewan Legislature Thursday. “I’ll keep my own counsel on this for now. There’s other things that are more important and we’re in a very good spot right now.”
Wall says there’s is plenty to be proud of regarding Saskatchewan’s growth, adding he’s grateful to have been part of it.
“I’m proud we were able to tell Saskatchewan’s story around the world,” Wall said. “I don’t think it’s ever happened. We have this amazing story to tell; products and resources to sell to the world.”
Premier Wall underscored many times during the media scrum his pride in seeing Saskatchewan grow.
“Well, it is a different place now,” Wall said. “Because of what we talk about and what we don’t talk about. We still have challenges that we face. They’re not existential, but the near-existential questions we used to ask: ‘will we ever grow?’ — they’re not asked anymore”
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A date for a leadership convention has not been set, but the Saskatchewan Party council says it will meet within the next 30 days to formulate a plan when it comes to a vote.
Regina Liberal MP Ralph Goodale says he wishes Premier Brad Wall well on whatever his next step is after politics.
Goodale says Wall always showed integrity when it came to Saskatchewan.
“We’ve obviously had many things to work on together,” Goodale said. “Many upon which we agreed. Some which involved disagreements. But no one could ever doubt his passion for Saskatchewan.”
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere says he was surprised by the announced retirement of Premier Brad Wall.
Fougere says the Premier worked hard for ten years for the province of Saskatchewan.
“There’s no doubt that he loved our province and worked very hard for ten years,” Fougere said. “He had a vision and optimism, which I think is unparalleled in Canada. So I salute him for what he has done.”