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Tears, tributes as Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall bids farewell to legislature

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  • Dec 07 2017 19:35About: 5 days ago
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REGINA -- There were tears and tributes as Brad Wall bid farewell to the Saskatchewan legislature Thursday after a decade in the premier's office.

Wall gave his final speech to the house after an hour of memories and praise shared by colleagues and opponents alike.

Wall is retiring next month after holding the Swift Current seat for the Saskatchewan Party for almost 20 years.

He told the legislature he never lost a feeling of awe when he walked through the front doors of the legislature to represent his community.

"I have been humbled and blessed with the honour of my working life," Wall told his colleagues and many guests sitting in the legislature gallery.

He said the names on the doors of ministry offices change, but the institution of democracy will remain.

Wall, saying he believed renewal would be good for the Saskatchewan Party and the province, announced in August that he was retiring. He is staying on as premier until his successor as leader is chosen Jan. 27.

He was first elected as a member of the legislature in 1999 under the banner of the newly formed party and made a successful bid for the top job after the party lost a 2003 election many felt it should have won.

He would go on to lead the party to three consecutive victories, starting in 2007, and most recently in 2016 by winning 51 of 61 seats.

The party, which formed 20 years ago out of an alliance of disaffected Tories and Liberals, took more than 50 per cent of the popular vote in each of the contests.

Over the years he became one of Canada's most high-profile premiers. He rose to national prominence for his down-to-earth style, sharp wit and, more recently, his willingness to lock horns with Ottawa.

Wall, 52, routinely placed high in opinion polls ranking the country's most popular premiers.

But he faced headwinds in recent months, especially after his government tabled an austerity budget last spring.

In May, a poll suggested Wall's party had dropped steeply in voter support and had fallen nine points behind the leaderless Opposition New Democrats.

With trouble at home, Wall trained his political guns afar. He railed against opposition to pipeline projects and criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the federal government's plan to force provinces to put a price on carbon, pledging to fight the move in court if necessary.

Saskatchewan's carbon plan introduced this week does not include a tax.

Wall told the house Thursday that there is a sign hanging above the door of the cabinet room which asks: "Did you leave things better than you found them?"

He pointed to new schools, new hospitals, the hiring of more nurses and the welcome given to newcomers to the province during his tenure.

"Things are better than when we found them," Wall said. "There is still more work to be done."



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