Leaders lend support in last days


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November 11, 2014 1:00 PM

Three of the four major parties have had their party leaders in the riding of Lloydminster heading into the final days of the Lloydminster by-election that wraps up on Thursday.

Premier Brad Wall, Leader of the Official Opposition Cam Broten, and Green Party Leader Victor Lau have descended upon Lloydminster sometime in the last 10 days.

Darrin Lameroux, the Liberal candidate, is also the party leader.

Rick Swenson, the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan leader, was in the riding once, to help file the nomination papers for PC candidate Randall Edge.

Premier Brad Wall was in the riding once at the beginning of the campaign when Colleen Young was nominated as the Saskatchewan Party candidate and again earlier last week when he canvassed with Young in the city of Lloydminster.

After door knocking last week, Wall said that he had discussions with numerous residents in the area and the support that he has seen for the Sask. Party leader has been overwhelming.

“Door knocking is a great way to connect with the voters first hand, and we found quite a bit of support for the party and for Colleen where we were,” he said.

Wall said that while talking to the people, he and Young asked if there were any concerns and he did’t hear a lot. “I think that there was a real interest in supporting Colleen and Colleen is a very well known candidate, and well respected individual in the Lloydminster area, which helps.”

Broten has made much more of an effort to gather support in the Lloydminster byelection, making stops in the riding every week since the premier made the election call mid- October. The NDP leader has met with municipal leaders in the riding and met with first nation community leaders in the stops that he has made to the riding.

Broten said that he is hearing change when out meeting people with NDP candidate Wayne Byers.

“Wayne is the type of guy that will bring the concerns of Lloydminster, like affordable housing and the need to address the issue of cost of living in the province,” he said. “Instead of what we had recently with the past MLA, where this government tends to bring the message of Regina to the people of Lloydminster.”

Lameroux has been actively campaigning in the riding since last month as well.

The Liberal leader said that the campaign, while not over, has been an experience in itself.

“I really want to thank the people of Lloydminster, the people I have found want to hear about the policies that the parties are putting forward, and the Liberals are the only party that are actually putting forward policy that would move Lloydminster forward,” he said.

“We are the only party that have come out and said that this is what the Saskatchewan Liberals would do if elected on Nov. 13.”

Lameroux said that he spoke out about the need for the increased extended care facility at Dr. Cooke.

“Did any actually say what it would do if we had those additional 45 beds? We certainly did,” he said.

Lau made his first appearance late in the byelection, with his first official stop in the riding this Monday. “We are excited to have Luke Bonsan here in Lloydminster as our Candidate,” Lau said.

“We feel as though the campaign has gone really well, and we think that Luke would be an excellent MLA, and would represent the people of Lloydminster.”

Voting takes place on Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST, and 9 am. to 8 p.m. CST.

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