It was a morning of goodbyes and remembrances for the Premier's final sitting of the Legislature before the SaskParty elects a new leader in January.
There were kudos from both the opposition and Brad Wall's SaskParty members. Interim leader of the official opposition, Nicole Sarauer, says no matter what she feels about his politics, the personal commitment and dedication Brad Wall has shown and the sacrifices he has made for his province deserve gratitude. Former Deputy Premier and long time colleague of the Premier, Don McMorris, says thanks need to be relayed to Brad Wall's family as well, for the sacrifices they have made over the years. Wall was emotional as he relayed his thoughts with retiring from politics, saying he has never lost the awe he felt the first time he walked through the Legislature doors in 1999 as the elected representative of Swift Current. He considers it a privilege to be an MLA and to serve the province and says he is profoundly grateful for what he is giving up but at the same time is just as grateful for what he is getting back. He added that at for either side, what he gives up and what he gains, he doesn't deserve any of it. Wall was given a standing ovation. Brad Wall was elected as the MLA for Swift Current in 1999 and has been the Premier of Saskatchewan since November of 2007. The SaskParty elects a new leader on January 27th.