James Thorsteinson is putting his name forward for the nomination for the candidacy of the Saskatchewan Party in the upcoming byelection in the riding of Lloydminster
Thorsteinson said that he decided to put his name forward for the nomination for the Saskatchewan Party for a number of reasons.
“I want to see Saskatchewan give potential to my children, my grandchildren and my grandchil- dren’s grandchildren,” Thorsteinson said.
He added that while never holding elected office, his passion for politics has been around for some time.
“I have been involved in politics for a long time. I have been passionate about it and have enjoyed it. I think that Saskatchewan has a lot of potential, and we are starting to see that potential now,” he said.
Thorsteinson said he believes that the Saskatchewan Party is the best way to move the province forward.
“I think that (the Saskatchewan Party) is the best party to help reach the province’s potential.”
With the nomination for the Saskatchewan Party candidacy on Oct. 18, at the Wild Rose Pavilion, Thorsteinson said that the if he is chosen as the candidate to carry the Saskatchewan Party banner in the upcoming byelection, there will be numerous issues that he will champion in the campaign and possibly in Regina as well.
“There are a lot of issues that affect Lloydminster and the surrounding rural areas, including all the way up to Pierceland.” he said. “Obviously, highways and infrastructure, schools are key. What I’m focused on is the economy.
“With a strong economy, we will increase the number of people in Saskatchewan. And when we increase that we will increase our tax base, which means we can afford those infrastructure projects.
“Since 2007, when the Saskatchewan Party became government, we paid down the debt, enough that we have save over $1 billion in interest payments. That savings is going to hospitals and schools and highways.”
Thorsteinson added that his background in business makes him the best candidate to help move the issues that affect the constituency of Lloydminster forward.
“Being a business person, and with a major trading centre in Lloydminster, I understand all issues that are affecting Lloydminster-ites,
But, I also understand what the issues are effecting rural people in the riding, because I am one.”
With the nomination meeting just over two weeks away, Thorsteinson said that he has been out knocking on doors and meeting with party supporters, listening to their concerns.
“People want someone who will be accountable to them. Highways are a big issue especially when you get out of the Lloydminster area. In Lloydminster, people are talking to me about the economy,” he said, adding that 10 years ago in Lloydminster, growth was on one side. Now that has changed and the growth is not only happening on the Saskatchewan side, but more of it is being done in the prairie province. “In some places it’s outpacing Alberta’s growth.”
With Regina over six hours away by car, Thorsteinson said that when session is in he will be in the capital. But when session is out, he will be back in the riding, meeting with residents and attending events.
“It’s tough with Lloydminster being so far away from Regina. The session runs for about two-and-a-half months in the fall and about three months in the spring,” he said. “It’s Monday to Thursday, so those days I’ll be in Regina. But weekend and outside of sessions, I’ll be here in the riding meeting with constituents.”
Until last April, Thorsteinson was the president of the Saskatchewan Party Lloydminster Constituency Association. He held that position during the tenure of Tim McMillan as the MLA of Lloydminster.