August 28, 2017 2:51 pm
Updated: August 29, 2017 8:22 am

Ken Cheveldayoff announces intention to run for leader of the Saskatchewan Party

WATCH ABOVE: Alanna Koch and Ken Cheveldayoff announce they are running for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party.

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The race to seize the Saskatchewan Party leadership is quickly heating up. Scott Moe is expected to launch his bid for top spot sometime this week bringing the total running to six.

Ken Cheveldayoff was the fifth person to announce his leadership aspirations, announcing Monday in Saskatoon that he wants to lead the party to victory in the next provincial election.

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In front of a large group of over 150 supporters, Cheveldayoff vowed to turn the province’s tough times around.

“My family and I have decided that I should extend my service and promotion to the larger constituency of the entire province,” Cheveldayoff said in a release.

“My ‘rural roots’ and ‘urban strong’ background has provided me with the passion and desire to serve the people of Saskatchewan.”

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Cheveldayoff was first elected to represent Saskatoon Silver Springs in the 2003 provincial election. He currently represents Saskatoon Willowgrove, which was established prior to the 2016 election.

“By working together, we can transform the future of Saskatchewan and that of the people who call its farms, towns, and cities home,” Cheveldayoff said, adding that he wants to see the province “soar as a model for the world in innovation, inspiration, and compassion.”

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Cheveldayoff emphasized his plans to grow our Crown corporations and introduced a new agri-business strategy.

He most recently served as minister of parks, culture, sport, and the minister responsible for the public service commission.

Also running to replace Brad Wall are Tina Beaudry-MellorJeremy Harrison, Gord Wyant and Alanna Koch.

The Saskatchewan Party will elect a new leader, and premier, at a leadership convention in Saskatoon on Jan. 27, 2018.

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