The Brad Wall era in Saskatchewan politics officially ends on Saturday.
The Saskatchewan Party holds their leadership convention in Saskatoon today with five candidates seeking to become Wall’s replacement as party leader and inherit the role of Premier until the next provincial election is called.
The five are Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Ken Cheveldayoff, Gord Wyant, Scott Moe and Alanna Koch.
Party President James Thorsteinson says once a new leader is elected, the party will have to stay united to focus on defeating the NDP in the next provincial election.
“I mean, we’re all on the same team. There’s been a little difference in policy and that’s understandable. But there hasn’t been a lot of division.” Thorsteinson said. “There is going to have to be a bringing together of all the camps, when this is all over.”
He says he has the final vote in the case of tie. The first ballot count is expected to be completed by 6 p.m with 2nd and 3rd counts to follow.
The leadership convention was needed when Brad Wall announced last year he was stepping down after holding the position of Saskatchewan Premier for over a decade.