In the lead up to the Sask. Party leadership race in the province, CBC Saskatchewan is interviewing each of the six candidates about their priorities and opinions.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announced his upcoming retirement in August. The part will elect a new leader on Jan. 27, 2018 and the winner will take over the province’s top position.
The candidates include Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Gord Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff, Scott Moe, Alanna Koch and Rob Clarke.
On Facebook, we’re allowing our followers to pose their questions which the candidates will answer live on air on CBC Radio’s Blue Sky program.
On Wednesday Gord Wyant spoke to CBC News host Jill Morgan following his live appearance.
Jill Morgan: You’ve said you’re committed to a more compassionate government. How would you say the government isn’t demonstrating compassion right now?
Gord Wyant: One of the things we’ve been going around the province talking about is a return to our founding principles. We believe in smaller, less-intrusive government, but we also have a social responsibility as government and I think one of the things we’re going around talking to people about is reminding people that the core business of government is really people. We’re talking about the economy as our currency. You know that’s what we need to drive. We need to drive our economy to continue to provide the resources into government so that we can take care of our primary responsibility and that’s the people of the province. That’s what we’re going around talking, making sure we can properly fund education and healthcare and some of the others issues people have said are important to them. That’s really our primary message.
JM: What is not happening right now that you want to change if you are the leader of the Saskatchewan Party?
GW: I think that there’s a sense among some people in this province that the government isn’t listening quite as much as perhaps they once were and I think, maybe after 10 years a government becomes a little bit insular and isn’t listening to the things that people are talking about in terms of quality education and health care and those kinds of things. So, remembering our principles in terms of being fiscal conservatives, because we’re all fiscal conservatives, making sure we’re providing those resources. That’s the things that we’re hearing–that there’s a lot of people who traditionally supported our party and perhaps don’t feel as warm in our party as they once…