By Megan Roth
Heavily favoured to win, the Saskatchewan Party led by Brad Wall was re-elected for the third term by Saskatchewan residents.
Winning his third term in office makes Premier Brad Wall the second longest premier in the province’s history. The longest running premier was Tommy Douglas who was in office for 17 years.
Wall was officially re-elected to office barely an hour after the polls closed on April 4.
The Sask. Party received a majority government, which did not come as a surprise to many, as a majority government was greatly favoured by many in the province.
Wall ran on a platform focused on the economy and creating more jobs for the province. His slogan was simple and catchy “Keep Saskatchewan great.”
Much of his election was focused on what he has done for the province in the past eight years with him in office.
Wall won in his home riding of Swift Current with overwhelming results. He was once again elected with 80 per cent of the vote.
Cam Broten, leader of the NDP Party, had a tight race in his own riding in the Saskatoon Westview constituency. Broten was within 100 votes his opponent in the Sask. Party, David Buckingham.
Unfortunately he was able to pick up his seat in his home riding despite the close race between the two parties.
In the Cypress Hills constituency the Sask. Party continued their sweep of the province.
Doug Steele, from Gull Lake, won his race with 80 per cent of the vote.
Barb Genert, from Maple Creek, pulled in 10 per cent of the vote from the constituency.
Steele will be taking over the role of MLA for the Cypress Hills area after the previous MLA Wayne Elhard retired for provincial politics with this election. Elhard was the first person in Saskatchewan elected from the Saskatchewan Party and stayed in office 1999.
The 28 day election had a lot of back and forth between the NDP and the Sask. Party, who were leading in the polls going into the election with the Sask. Party favoured.
Broten, in his first campaign as Party Leader for the NDP, brought up a lot of good points and questions about the Sask. Party, their spending and their past and future policies.
With his third win under his belt, Premier Wall is not out of the hot seat just yet, he and his party still have a lot to answer for.
The Regina By-pass debacle and the Global Transportation Hub. Not to mention the issues faced with the regional health care systems and the privatization of the liquor stores in Saskatchewan.
Moving forward with Premier Wall, the province will be waiting to see what he will do next in his third term as Premier of Saskatchewan.