It was a lively final session in the Saskatchewan Legislature for Premier Brad Wall Thursday, who will officially retire from politics early in 2018.
Wall announced his retirement in August after serving as the Premier for nearly a decade and leading the Saskatchewan Party since 2004.
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“I will be moving that the Legislative Assembly give thanks and pays tribute to Premier Brad Wall for his 18 years of service to the people of Saskatchewan, as a member for Swift Current, as leader of the opposition and as Premier along with his many contributions to the province of Saskatchewan,” Deputy Premier Don Morgan said Thursday morning.
“I just want to thank the kids and Tami, because it’s not always about the person being there, it’s about the sacrifice that they give, there’s lots of positive in the job but it is not very easy when you’re a loved one,” former Deputy Premier and long time colleague of Wall Don McMorris said.
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition NDP, Nicole Sarauer also shared her thoughts and thanked the Premier for his time.
“The Premier has the ability to adapt, evolve, and always connect in formidable ways, he’s one of the guys while still maintaining gravitas, he buys fancy cars, but still comes across as a man of the people. People trust him, and no matter what happens they don’t want to stop trusting him,” Sarauer said.
MLA for Weyburn- Big Muddy and Environment Minister Dustin Duncan, said he looks forward to the day Wall’s place in history will be unveiled in the Legislature.
“I’m looking forward to the day where I will bring my two boys to this building and see your portrait unveiled. It’s going to be a special day. So to you and to Tami, from som 20 vs four, may he grant you your hearts desire and fulfill all your plans,” Duncan said.
Wall who also served as the MLA for Swift Current, was the only Sask. Party Leader to win three consecutive elections, winning 51-10 in 2016.