The Saskatchewan Progressive Conservatives are hoping to make a splash again in provincial politics, in the form of a candidate in the upcoming byelection to replace former MLA Tim McMillan.
Rick Swenson said that the Progressive Conservatives are actively looking for a candidate in the upcoming byelection, and he will be in the constituency over the next couple of months to meet with locals and party supporters to gauge interest in running as a candidate.
“We are going to do our best to run a candidate in the upcoming byelection,” he said, adding that Lloydminster has been a hub of support for the former PC Party in the province.
“It’s right next door to Alberta and people understand what PC means,” Swenson said of the positioning of Lloydminster on the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
“Right now our number one issue is looking for a candidate in the area for the byelection,” Swenson said. And that once that happens, he is hoping to build on some of the organization in the area, which could spawn across the province.
Swenson said that he has a few names in mind when thinking about a potential candidate, but getting up to Lloydminster might be difficult because he’s at the end of harvest season.
“People have been helpful in suggesting names for potential candidates. And in the immediate future I’m hoping to get the harvest done, and get up to meet with some of those potential candidates,” he said.
With no candidate for the PCs in the riding of Lloydminster for the last four elections, Swenson said that he’s doing the same in Lloydminster as he has in the entire province.
“We will be nominating our first candidate for the 2016 general election in November. Once we get a full slate of candidates across the province then we will be rebuilding around those individuals.” He added that will happen in Lloydminster as well for this byelection,
“Once we get a candidate in Lloydminster, we will be able to build around the province,” he said.
The last time the riding of Lloydminster was held by a PC MLA was from 1982-1991 by Michael Hopfner.