With the Saskatchewan election just over a year and a half away, the Saskatchewan Party has nominated Tim McMillan, incumbent MLA of Lloydminster and minister of Rural and Remote Health, as their candidate to carry the flag in the upcoming election.
At the Milleton Community Hall, McMillan spoke to a handful of supporters about his nomination and was pleased to be selected once again to carry the banner in the upcoming election.
“Nominations are a very important part of the process, they can be very tense and exciting things, but when there is an acclimation it can be far less exciting event, but none the less a very important one,” said McMillan.
McMillan said that he is honoured to be representing the Saskatchewan Party in the upcoming election, and more importantly, representing the people of the Lloydminster constituency in Regina.
“I think what will serve me best in the next general election is being a good MLA, Premier Brad Wall says it often, “The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour,” so in the next year in a half before the next general election, I am the MLA and I have responsibilities to represent our constituency and residents to my upmost responsibility,” he said.
McMillan said that not until the writ is dropped, and possibly beforehand, will the Saskatchewan Party craft a message of how the province should move forward.
“I think that the Saskatchewan Party has a lot of things to be proud of,” said McMIllan. “We have the lowest unemployment rate in the country for the last 20-some months, we have also has consistently strong growing economy that has been leading Canada and even within North America.
“Since the Saskatchewan Party was first elected in 2007, we have seen strong investments into health care, education, and education infrastructure that when you have a growing province you need to keep up with that growing infrastructure.”
McMillan said like in the last general election, the Saskatchewan Party will put forward a message of positive growth in the province.
McMillan was first elected in 2007 and has held numerous cabinet portfolios during his tenure as MLA for Lloydminster.
Because of Saskatchewan law, the provincial election that is bylaw to take place in November 2015 has been bumped to April of 2016, not to conflict with the federal election that is expected in 2015.
McMillan received just over 66 per cent of the votes cast in the riding of Lloydminster in 2011. Up five per cent from 61 per cent in the 2007 election.