I may be out of province at the moment, but even here in the Okanagan I was able to follow the live streaming continuing coverage on CKOM radio of Premier Brad Wall’s announcement that he is retiring, effective when a new leader of the Saskatchewan Party is chosen.
This news comes the same week that the Saskatchewan Party marked the 20th anniversary of its founding, when four Liberal and four PC MLAs left their parties to form the new entity. The party didn’t take power, however, until after Wall became leader.
Honest reaction: this is the end of an era — a great era of life in Saskatchewan. No doubt, Wall will go down as one of the province’s great Premiers, and as one of the most skilled politicians the province has produced, right up there with names such as Diefenbaker, Douglas and the like. Unlike so many other big-name politicians in this province, who’ve seen their careers end in defeat, Wall is getting out while still on top. Good for him.
And now a leadership race is on, but don’t ask me who the next Premier is going to be. This race looks wide open.
Now that I am back after a heavy week covering no end of news (the city budget etc.), here are links to all the stories of mine that ran in the past week on the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race.
My story on the NDP leadership debate at North Battleford is here. My story from the media scrums with the four candidates is here. Also, I finally got around to interviewing candidate Erin Weir and that can be found here.