Agricultural producers are paying tribute to Premier Brad Wall, saying he has left a strong legacy in rural Saskatchewan.
Wall announced plans to retire from politics when a replacement leader is elected for the SaskParty. APAS president Todd Lewis says Wall was a huge help in terms of farm support programs, highways and rural infrastructure. He thinks rural Saskatchewan has overall been very supportive of Wall, adding that Wall has always seemed to keep rural areas in mind. Lewis says the SaskParty has also helped rural municipalities by providing predictable and adequate funding. He says it is too early to discuss a replacement.
SARM President Also Weighs In
President of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities Ray Orb applauded Premier Brad Wall for his commitment to rural Saskatchewan, after Wall announced his retirement Thursday. Orb says the increase in municipal revenue sharing and adjustments to the Education Property Tax on agricultural lands has had a significant impact. Wall has been the MLA for Swift Current since 1999 and was named leader of the Saskatchewan Party replacing Elwin Hermanson in 2004.