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Saskatchewan finance minister says budget update before leadership decision

Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says he wants to present a budget update before he announces whether he'll jump into the race to replace Premier Brad Wall.
Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says he wants to present a budget update before he announces whether he'll jump into the race to replace Premier Brad Wall. File / Global News

Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty says he wants to present a budget update before he announces whether he’ll jump into the race to replace Premier Brad Wall.

Doherty said on his way into a cabinet meeting that he wants to present the first-quarter financial update by the end of this month.

That’s also the deadline Wall has set for cabinet ministers to make a decision on whether they’ll run to lead the Saskatchewan Party and, ultimately, become premier.

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Wall has said all ministers will be required to leave cabinet immediately if they decide to run.

Social Services Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor announced her intention to run on Tuesday.

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Justice Minister Gord Wyant, Parks Minister Ken Cheveldayoff and Health Minister Jim Reiter say they’re close to making decisions.

Wall announced last Thursday that he is stepping away from politics after 10 years as premier. He says the province and the party will benefit from a fresh perspective.