***This is the first of a five part series on all the candidates running for leader of the Saskatchewan Party and Premiership of the province.
One of the five candidates running to replace Brad Wall as the leader of the Saskatchewan Party – and ultimately, as the premier of this province – says the next ten years for Saskatchewan are crucial.
Tina Beaudry-Mellor says her passion for the future of Saskatchewan comes in her “Next-Gen” plan, followed by much discussion with the youth of the province.
She says the new leader of the Sask Party has to anticipate what’s coming up.
“The growth in jobs in going to be in the tech-sector,” Beaudry-Mellor said. “Really, tech is in everything. From agriculture and mining to the new knowledge economy. So I would like to see financial literacy and entrepreneurship as a mandated part of the K to 12 curriculum.”
Beaudry-Mellor says she is focussed on the renewal of the Saskatchewan Party. She says while Premier Brad Wall has done well as premier, she would like to see more focus on the youth of the province.
“I’m really focussed on a renewal of the party. I am focussed on the next decade in Saskatchewan. I think Premier Brad Wall has done an absolutely tremendous job. We are now a ‘have’ province. We have a ‘can do’ attitude. And I would like to take that one step further.”
Beaudry-Mellor says while she has learned a lot during this leadership race, the one thing she firmly believes is Saskatchewan has to know how to compete.
“I have to say this leadership race has been so fulfilling on a number of levels. Personally, professionally and intellectually. I have been thinking a lot about the next ten years in Saskatchewan.”