The announcement from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall that he is going to retire, as soon as a new leader of the SaskParty is chosen, garnered quite the reaction from those within the local political community.
Yorkton Mayor Bob Maloney says Wall’s retirement will leave some big political shoes to fill.
Maloney also says he had a good working relationship with Wall on multiple issues.
“When we’ve had floods coming through our area, the Premier…(was) on the phone right away asking if we needed anything,” the Mayor said.
“Always had a good relationship with the Premier and I know he will be missed.”
Yorkton’s mayor was asked about his legacy in the province.
“I think the legacy is going to be one of attitude. His attitude always was that Saskatchewan has an advantage, and that we are in a good position to be a leader in Canada,” Maloney believes. “And I think that attitude rubbed off on people.”
Yorkton MLA weighs in
Minister for Rural and Remote Health Greg Ottenbreit says he’s sorry to see him leave at this point.
“He’s been just an amazing leader,” Ottenbreit stated. “He still is a strong leader and he still has a lot to offer, but you know you respect a decision that he’s made — I think for the benefit more for his family and personal life.”
He adds it’s a little too early to determine who that person will be.
“We got a lot of bench strength in cabinet; we have a lot of strong members that aren’t in cabinet…that could make a run for the leadership,” Ottenbreit said. “(But) there’s not too many people that have the personality, knowledge…to fill those shoes.”
“So I don’t think anybody could be Brad Wall.” He added.
Ottenbreit says what Wall has been able to accomplish with the help of the people is something to be proud of over the past 10 years.