Martensville residents had the opportunity to sit down for a meet and greet with Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Cheveldayoff on Monday, October 16th at the Canalta Hotel. Cheveldayoff, who is looking to become the next Premier of the province, is travelling around the province hosting these meetings as an opportunity to listen to concerns from Saskatchewan residents. “It is very important to have these lively discussions and to hear from the people of Saskatchewan. It is a great set up for listening and really hearing what people’s concerns are for their province. We had ten years of great growth under Brad Wall and now we have to look forward to the next ten years,” Cheveldayoff said. Part of these meetings is also for the candidate to provide some information about himself to voters. “I had an opportunity to talk about my background growing up in rural Saskatchewan in Blaine Lake and having an opportunity to now have a very strong urban riding in Saskatoon and ten years of cabinet experience in a Brad Wall government as well, so I think I have the complete package,” explained Cheveldayoff.
Some common concerns of residents are issues that are based federally, such as the tax changes being made to corporate entities, carbon tax and the Energy East pipeline. “I really do think that the federal government needs to do more listening out here,” the Sask Party candidate added. Local topics that Cheveldayoff is focusing on include items such as his goal to bring an increase of 225% internet speed to farms and small communities, wanting to bring in more immigrant workers to the province, maintaining an agriculture and food policy, along with many other policies.
Those attending had the opportunity to purchase a Saskatchewan Party Membership at the event. “this gives them the opportunity to vote for the next Premier. For $10, they can purchase a one year membership and get involved. As a party, we allow 14 year olds to vote, it allows them to have their entrance and it increases their awareness of democracy and the electoral process,” Cheveldayoff explained.
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Ken Cheveldayoff speaks to attendees at the Martensville meeting. (Shanine Sealey/MM)