The race to become the next premier of Saskatchewan is starting to get crowded.
On Friday, Saskatoon Northwest MLA Gord Wyant officially declared his intention to seek the Saskatchewan Party leadership. He becomes the fourth candidate to enter the race, after Tine Beaudry-Mellor, Jeremy Harrison and Ken Cheveldayoff.
Wyant was first elected to the legislature in 2010 and held several cabinet portfolios, including Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Corrections and Policing and the Ministry responsible for SaskPower.
In a statement released to the media, Wyant vowed to stand up for Saskatchewan against federal regulations like the carbon tax.
“I want everyone who lives or farms in small town Saskatchewan to know I will have your back. I will work hard to earn your support and ultimately your trust. My priority has (been)—and always will be—defending Saskatchewan’s interests.”
Wyant has already drawn endorsements from other high-profile Saskatchewan Party members. Founding Sask. Party member June Draude introduced him prior to his leadership announcement, calling him a conscientious public servant who is in the best position to lead the party.
Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart also offered his endorsement of the Saskatoon MLA.
“There are plenty of talented people in our caucus, but I think Gord stands out because of his willingness to listen and his ability to tackle the issues head on,” Stewart said.
The Saskatchewan Party leadership convention will be held on Jan. 27, 2018.