Former Northern Saskatchewan Conservative MP Rob Clarke announced his candidacy for the Saskatchewan Party leadership on Wednesday in Saskatoon.
Clarke, who joins Alanna Koch, as candidates who are not a part of caucus, says his campaign will be focused on renewing the party with strong policies focused on making life safer and more prosperous for Saskatchewan families.
“We are not just electing a new party leader, but a new premier as well. “Clarke said.”I’m the only candidate with the experience and credibility needed to get the job done.”
With the NDP flipping two Saskatchewan Party seats in recent byelections, Clarke said he’s the only candidate who can stop the NDP’s rising popularity.
“Let’s not be naïve. The NDP have won power in B.C. and Alberta, and they will win power here unless we hit reset on this party and government,” Clarke said. “We cannot allow them to continue to capitalize on government scandals and insider deals, winning seats they have no business winning. As an outsider with a lifetime of strong leadership, I am the NDP’s worst nightmare.”
Clarke joins Koch, Gord Wyant, Scott Moe, Ken Cheveldayoff, and Tina Beaudry-Mellor as candidates looking to take over as leader and Premier until the next provincial election.
The Saskparty holds a leadership convention in January in Saskatoon.