Darrin Lamoureux, leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party, is calling on the governing Saskatchewan Party to call a general election for the entire province, rather than a byelec- tion in the riding of Lloydminster.
Lamoureux, who spoke with the Lloydminster Source late last month, said that he is calling on the premier to move the fixed election date so a general election can be called rather than hold a byelection.
“We want to save taxpayers money,” he said. “There are nine MLAs right now that are presently waiting for the same opportunity that (Tim) McMillan has been given, which is employment, after that those nine can resign.
“Personally, we do not believe that it is right that MLAs do nothing while waiting to find another career.”
He pointed to the example of Saskatchewan Party MLA Darryl Hickie, who finished his training as a police officer while working as an MLA.
“This government has got to stop being held accountable by just the media,” Lamoureux said, adding that the current opposition is not holding the government to account. “This province needs an opposition that is bringing issues to the forefront of the province.
“We believe the Saskatchewan NDP are not holding the government to account.”
The leader said that if Wall decides to go to a byelection instead of a full blown general election, the Liberal Party will be waiting for the premier in the riding of Lloydminster.
“We will be asking the people of Lloydminster, if we go to a byelec- tion, that they elect the Saskatchewan Liberals and ensure that we hold this current government accountable for its actions,” he said.
Lamoureux said that the Liberals are finding it difficult to shed light on what the provincial government has been doing wrong, with no seat in the legislature.
“We currently don’t have a seat in the legislature, so I will be running in the byelection in Lloydminster,” he said.
He went on to say that he has family in the area, so he understands what the issues are affecting the constituents in the riding.
“I have family in Lloydminster and the surrounding area, and a brother- in-law who used to own a bar in the city as well,” he said.
“I know about the upgraders, and I know what we can do to enhance more than what is happening right now under Premier Wall.”
McMillan resigned as MLA last month, and his resignation took effect on Oct. 1. Wall has six months from Oct. 1 to call a byelection.
The last time the Liberals contested an election in the riding of Lloydminster was in 2007, and the last time the Lloydminster area was represented in Regina by a Liberal was in 1929, when Robert J. Gordon was elected to the riding of Lloydminster under former premier James Gardiner.
Gordon represented the people of Lloydminster for 17 years.