Saskatchewan Premier and Swift Current MLA Brad Wall is retiring.

The leader of the Saskatchewan Party announced the move at 10 a.m. on Facebook. He said he'll step down once the party finds a new leader.

Wall became premier in 2007. He said while the past decade of growth is a strong foundation to build on, the province needed a change.

"I believe though that to best ensure continued success in that work, Saskatchewan needs renewal - a fresh perspective in leadership. This was such a difficult decision to make."

Wall has been Swift Current's MLA since 1999 and the Saskatchewan Party's leader since 2004.

More Local News

Several Southwest R.M.'s lift fire bans

With the recent cool down in temperatures combined with some rain fall, several fire bans in southwestern Saskatchewan have been lifted. Earlier this week, it was announced that six R.M.s and one…

Latest bridge construction in Swift Current expected to last until November

Bridge work started this week at the Highway 1 overpass above Central Avenue in Swift Current. Steve Shaheen, interactive and social media consultant with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure…

Back to school advice

With school set to begin in the coming weeks that means there are going to be a number of students going to school for the first time or entering a new school. Ruby Sayers, who taught full time for…

Low Oil Prices, Rising Loonie Causing Sask. Budget Problems

The Canadian dollar is also causing problems as it climbs above the forecasted 74.4 cents projected by the government, in recent weeks breaching the 78-cent mark. The combination isn’t what Finance…

Payday loans decreasing

It was announced on August 11 through a news release that the provincial government will be changing the regulations on payday loans in the province. Cory Peters, the director of the Credit Consumer…

The Little Britches Rodeo Comes to Shaunavon

The communities of Eastend and Shaunavon have joined forces to hold the Investors Group Little Britches Rodeo this weekend. The Rodeo goes out at the Ron Winquist Arena, west of Shaunavon, both…

Waldeck water advisory lifted

A Precautionary Drinking Water Advisory has been lifted for the Village of Waldeck. The advisory ended yesterday afternoon after being issued last Friday. Now people in Waldeck can safely resume…

Town of Gull Lake adopts Safe Places – Youth Certified

The town of Gull Lake has joined Swift Current in adopting the Safe Place - Youth Certified initiative. It's a certification for people working with youth that involves education about working with…

Big changes continue in Saskatchewan Party

Five days after Premier Brad Wall announced he'll be retiring, the landscape continues to change for the Saskatchewan Party. Kindersley MLA Bill Boyd - who is based in Eston - announced today that…

Grasslands National Park experiencing 'Fossil Fever' this week

The annual 'Fossil Fever' event, held in the east block of the Grasslands National Park, starts today. This is the 4th year the Grasslands National Park has hosted this event and it will run from…

Social services minister first to enter Saskatchewan Party leadership race

Several names have been bandied about as possible candidates in the Saskatchewan Party leadership race, but Tina Beaudry-Mellor has become the first to officially throw her name in the hat.…

Birthday Celebrations at the T Rex Discovery Center in Eastend

Scotty the T Rex is celebrating her 65 million and 26th birthday tomorrow, Wednesday August 16th, at the T Rex Discovery Center in Eastend. The Center has a full day of fun planned as Jacquie…

Campout for Conservation a big help to the Nature Conservancy of Canada

This past weekend was the Campout for Conservation put on by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) at the Old Man on His Back Ranch. The NCC bought the 13,000-acre property in 1996. They take care…

Second-annual Maple Creek Demolition Derby is a smash

The second-annual Maple Creek Massacre demolition derby was held over the weekend and according to Bill deRepentigny it was a smash. Around 12 to 13 hundred gathered to watch the crashing and…

RX Drug Mart Comes to Shaunavon

The Shaunavon Rexall has changed ownership effective Monday August 14th. The location is now RX Drug Mart, which tags onto the IDA's banner program. RX Drug Mart is a Canada wide pharmacy with a…

Rain drenches Swift Current Comprehensive High School grounds Monday

 Twelve-year-old Dane Ross was doing some junior reporting near Swift Current Comprehensive High School Monday morning and caught footage of the rain giving the ground a much-needed drink.Ross and…

Other parties react to Brad Wall's decision to step down

Brad Wall's decision to step down was met with a mixed reaction. But one thing that is clear is many had an appreciation for his service to the province. The New Democratic Party, Liberal Party, and…

Stewart Valley water advisory has been lifted, while Waldeck's is still in place

The precautionary drinking water advisory for the Village of Stewart Valley that was set in place last week has been lifted. This means that it is safe to consume water from any tap or public…

Busy times ahead for Sask Party as well as Swift Current riding

Operations are underway by the Saskatchewan Party as they begin the process of selecting a new leader to replace retiring Premier Brad Wall. Sometime in the next month, the provincial council is…

Southwest Culture Fest celebrates culture through dance

People packed into the Swift Current Lyric on Saturday to watch the 3rd show for the Canada 150, Southwest Culture Fest. The 3rd show featured 2 dancers showcasing their culture through dance.… is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Art Camp at the Grand Coteau, Shaunavon, SK

14 August 2017 8:00 am - 18 August 2017 5:00 pm

Grand Coteau Heritage and Cultural Centre, Shaunavon


16 August 2017 12:00 am - 22 September 2017 11:00 pm


August 16th - 20th – Fossil Fever – East Block, Grasslands National Park, SK

16 August 2017 8:00 am - 20 August 2017 9:00 pm

Grasslands National Park East Block

Courage To Change - Al Anon Family Group

16 August 2017 12:00 pm

The Center (Garden Room), Swift Current

Empty Our Shelters Adopt-a-thon

17 August 2017 12:30 pm - 19 August 2017 5:30 pm

Swift Current SPCA Shelter- 2101 Knight Crescent, Wymark

Doc's Town

18 August 2017 1:00 pm - 19 August 2017 5:00 pm

Kinetic Park

Barbara - Summer Reading Series at Café Terra in Eastend, SK

18 August 2017 7:30 pm

Cafe Terra, Eastend