Premier Brad Wall resigns as leader of Sask. Party

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:26 GMT, Aug 11, 2017 |

One of Canada’s most high-profile premiers who rose to national prominence for his down-to-earth style, sharp wit and, more recently, his willingness to lock horns with Ottawa is retiring from politics after a decade in office.

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall said he made the decision at the end of June after talking it over with his wife Tami.

“It’s a hard thing to even just start to talk about,” Wall said Thursday. “We decided now was the time for me to end my career in politics.

“I think renewal will be good for the province. I think renewal and a different perspective will be good for the government. I think renewal will be good for my party as well. Whatever I do after this – and I currently have no leads or prospects – this job will be the honour of my working life.”

Wall said he will stay on until his successor is chosen.

“And until then, there’s still a lot of work to do,” Wall said.

“This was such a difficult decision to make … but it is time.”

Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won three consecutive provincial elections, the last in 2016 where they took 51 of 61 seats. The party, which formed 20 years ago out of an alliance of disaffected Tories and Liberals, took more than 50 per cent of the popular vote in each of the contests.