April 05, 2016

Brad Wall takes aim at Ottawa after Sask. election win

Rebel Staff

Surprise, surprise: Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party cruised to victory in yesterday’s Saskatchewan election—with the party taking more than 60 per cent of the vote and 51 seats in the 61-seat legislature.

But Wall, 50, quick to regain his focus on the job—shortly after winning—told reporters that the federal government should support pipelines and energy sector workers who are out of a job.

Signalling his intentions to pressure Ottawa to champion the Energy East pipeline, Wall said: "We know they're reticent to do that, but I think it's very important that that pipeline gets approved in the economic interests of the country, in the interest of our energy sector and really in the interest of Canada coming together around a pretty important project."

Wall also said the federal government made an error when it didn’t include workers in southern Saskatchewan’s oil producing regions in changes to employment insurance benefits.

“I think the federal government has made a mistake, maybe it’s an honest mistake, and I’m going to give them that benefit of the doubt in terms of the employment insurance extension to five weeks, which ostensibly was to help the energy sector, but they missed two-thirds of our energy sector,” Wall told reporters after the win. “It’s been our experience that government is sometimes well-served frankly to say ‘I think we made a mistake here and we’re going to fix it’ and we hope the federal government will take that approach.”

NDP leader Cam Broten suffered a crushing defeat as he lost his Saskatoon Westview riding to the Saskatchewan Party’s David Buckingham by 232 votes. Overall, the NDP ended up winning just 10 out of 61 seats available—taking just over 30 per cent of the vote. 

“Now I’m going to spend a couple of days with my family, speak with my colleagues, and consider how we move forward,” said Broten in a statement released Tuesday.

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commented 2016-04-06 15:52:02 -0400
Yes, please…Brad Wall has the credibility to win federally. I hope he will reconsider….
commented 2016-04-06 09:26:33 -0400
@ Chris Kealey

Even though I would like to see the scenario you mentioned, Brad Wall has already stated publicly that he is not interested in running for federal politics. I hope he changes his mind and runs for the Conservative party leadership, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
commented 2016-04-06 04:53:04 -0400
Kinda like to think that Notley and Selinger are having nightmares tonight…
commented 2016-04-06 00:10:23 -0400
Brad Wall has done all he can in Sask. He has turned that province around. Hopefully within the next year he will hand over the reigns to his successor and become the federal conservative leader. By the time the next federal election comes around we will need someone like him to kick the Liberals out, clean up their mess and turn this country back around. So far he looks like our best hope.
commented 2016-04-05 22:44:11 -0400
Brad is the first nail in Trudeau’s Coffin.
commented 2016-04-05 22:08:57 -0400
Way to go Brad Wall. Keep up the fight for western Canada…

To the leader of the NDPigs it is great to see another one kicked to the curb. Plus I love your comment. “We always fight for our family and friends” This is what you should have said! It would be better and more truthful to the listeners.
commented 2016-04-05 20:16:42 -0400
Wall is like Lougheed in some aspects and Klein in others. His comparative disadvantage is that Lougheed and Klein had NDP governments in Saskatchewan that liked, represented and fought for their province federally, so were allies. Wall, sadly, has a Non-Democratic Party government in Alberta which only wants Alberta to disappear fast enough for them to get Orders of Canada from the CBC.
commented 2016-04-05 20:10:17 -0400
Awesome to see the NDP leader go down. My congratulations to Brad Wall.
commented 2016-04-05 19:58:23 -0400
Brad Wall for president of a new western Republic.
commented 2016-04-05 19:38:18 -0400
Way to go Premier Wall, now let’s do the same in Mb.
commented 2016-04-05 19:20:58 -0400
The most sensible leader in Canada
commented 2016-04-05 19:15:15 -0400
Very telling at 1:16… “New Democrats will always stand up for what is important for THEM and THEIR families”
commented 2016-04-05 18:52:02 -0400
Ditto, Bravo.
It’s bad enough that he has to put on his Teflon suit every time he meets with the rest of the Marxist premiers.
commented 2016-04-05 18:37:37 -0400

Do not do it!

Stay in the west and build a new nation.

Eastern Canadians and kebekers are trolls and welfare bums – nothing more.

Let them rot.

Build the west into an independent nation.