Wall calls Lloydminster byelection for Nov. 13.


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October 16, 2014 11:15 PM

On Thursday, Premier Brad Wall called a byelection for the Lloydminster riding.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has called a byelection for the Lloydminster riding on Nov. 13.
Wall said that there were numerous days that could have been chosen, but ultimately he decided that Lloydminster constituents needed representation sooner rather than later.
“The people of Lloydminster need to have a voice in the legislature as soon as possible,” he said, adding that with the fall session returning soon, getting a representative in place before the end of the fall session was key in deciding the timing of the byelection.
“It won’t be long after the byelection date, there will be a voice for the constituents of Lloydminster in the legislature,” he added.
With a byelection looming, Wall said that there will be local and provincial issues dominating the month-long campaign and he looks forward to discussing those issues.
“And then people will be voting on getting the best possible MLA to represent them, regardless of politics,” he said.
Wall said that the three candidates who are running for the Saskatchewan Party nomination are great people.
“Regardless of who wins, any of the three that are running, I believe the people of Lloydminster constituency would be proud to have (them) represent (the riding) in Regina,” he said.
Wall said their will be a clear choice for the people in the riding.
“Under the NDP government, the Saskatchewan side never grew,” he said. “Between 2001 and 2005, it was 18 per cent growth on the Alberta side and four per cent on the Saskatchewan side. Since the government has changed it has reversed – 18 per cent growth on the Alberta side, and 26 per cent growth on the Saskatchewan side.”
Wall added that he isn’t taking credit for that growth, “But the people of Lloydminster and the economy and the resource sector (are drivers of that growth),” he said.
Under his leadership, the province has made investments in health care and education, according to Wall.
With recent attention to the Dr. Cooke Extended Care Centre in Lloydminster, Wall said that the province is moving forward with creating long-term care beds in all areas of the province.
“In an unprecedented way we are building to create more long-term beds. And under the previous government – which I assume the NDP are going to make this a key issue, but what I would say is that when they had the chance, they were closing beds and we are trying to open more up and building new facilities,” said Wall.
“We know that in the constituency of Lloydminster this is an issue and what I would like to say is the best indicator of future behaviour is past behaviour.”
Tim McMillan, the former MLA for Lloydminster, had held the riding for seven years, from 2007-2014. Before that, Milt Wakefield held the riding for the Saskatchewan Party from 1999 to 2007.
Parties have started nominating candidates for the upcoming byelection. The Saskatchewan Party will be holding their nomination meeting this Saturday at the Wild Rose Pavilion. The Green Party have announced their candidate and the Saskatchewan Liberal leader will be running in the riding.
The Saskatchewan NDP and the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan have yet to announce their candidates.

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