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Swift Current>Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada| death_date =| death_place =| party = Saskatchewan PartyProgressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan>Progressive Conservative (until 1997)| residence = Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada| spouse = Tami Kildaw (m. 1991)| signature = Brad Wall sig.svg| children = 3Mennonite Brethren ChurchHTTP://WWW.MENNOWEEKLY.ORG/2007/11/19/MB-ELECTED-PROVINCIAL-PREMIER/ WORK=MENNONITE WEEKLY REVIEW ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20110807082751/HTTP://WWW.MENNOWEEKLY.ORG/2007/11/19/MB-ELECTED-PROVINCIAL-PREMIER/, 2011-08-07, }Bradley John Wall (born November 24, 1965) is a Canadian retired politician who served as the 14th Premier of Saskatchewan from November 21, 2007 until February 2, 2018.Wall was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Swift Current in 1999, and re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2016. He became leader of the Official Opposition Saskatchewan Party on March 15, 2004. He replaced Elwin Hermanson, who resigned after leading the party to defeat in the 2003 provincial election.In the 2011 election, Wall's government won the third-largest majority in Saskatchewan's history, with 64.25% of the popular vote and 49 of the 58 seats in the legislature. The 2016 election delivered Wall 51 of the 61 seats in the newly expanded legislature, and 62.36% of the vote. This marked the first time since 1925 that a party other than the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, or its predecessor the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (Saskatchewan Section), had won a third consecutive majority mandate.Wall announced his intention to retire as Saskatchewan Party Leader, Premier, and MLA for Swift Current on August 10, 2017.NEWS,weblink Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall retiring from politics, Creeden, Martell, August 10, 2017, CBC News, In doing so, he will become the first non-CCF/NDP Premier since 1935 to leave office for a reason other than losing a general election. Wall was succeeded as Premier on February 2, 2018 by Scott Moe. Wall resigned as MLA on the same day and a by-election was scheduled for March 1, 2018. The Saskatchewan Party candidate, Everett Hindley won the by-election and succeeds Wall.

Early life

Wall was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where he continues to live. He is the son of Alice (née Schmidt) and John Wall, ethnic German Canadians with Mennonite Russian German roots.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2009-05-08, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090511225837weblink">weblink 2009-05-11, NEWS,weblink Wall flowers, Patrick White, Jane Taber, The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2009, He attended University of Saskatchewan, and completed his post-secondary education with an honours degree in Public Administration and an advanced certificate in Political Studies.

Political career

Wall's political roots are in the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan, working as a ministerial assistant to Graham Taylor, Minister of Public Participation, Tourism, Small Business, Co-operatives and Health, and John Gerich, Associate Minister of Economic Development. Wall ran unsuccessfully for the Progressive Conservative nomination for Swift Current in April 1991.Prior to his election, Wall was the director of business development for the City of Swift Current. In 1999, the Saskatchewan Economic Developers Association (SEDA) had presented him with the 1998 Economic Developer of the Year Award. In the early 1990s, Wall also managed a country music museum that was relocated to Swift Current from Kitchener, ON, following a significant grant from the Grant Devine government."Hall of Fame is Lured West," Calgary Herald: September 26, 1991. The facility went bankrupt in 1995."Country Music Center at a Low Note," Regina Leader-Post: December 27, 1995. Wall has also sat on a number of boards including being a founding member of the Southwest Centre for Entrepreneurial Development. Wall also started his own business, The Last Stand Adventure Company.Wall won the Saskatchewan Party nomination for Swift Current in the 1999 election and won handily, defeating NDP incumbent John Wall (no relation) by 69 points as part of a wave of rural victories that saw the NDP cut down to a minority government. He was immediately appointed to the Saskatchewan Party's front bench as Justice Critic, and later became critic for the Crown Investments Corporation as well.When original leader Elwin Hermanson resigned after narrowly losing the 2003 provincial election, Wall announced his candidacy for the leadership. No other candidates stepped forward, and Wall was acclaimed the party's new leader on March 15, 2004.After becoming leader of the Saskatchewan Party, Wall committed to a review of Saskatchewan Party policies. This policy review process reached its culmination at the Saskatchewan Party's annual convention in February 2005 and resulted in a considerably more moderate policy platform designed to appeal to urban voters. Among the old resolutions that were replaced was one that called for "boot camps" for young offenders. New policy resolutions included calling for treatment for crystal methamphetamine addicts, a patient-first review of the health care system, the development of a comprehensive plan to recruit and retain health care professionals, the development of an integrated addictions strategy for young offenders who are incarcerated, a comprehensive review of the justice system to restore trust and confidence in the system, the establishment of a provincial youth justice board to address youth crime, rehabilitation and restitution measures, support for victims of crime, the establishment of a university research chair in occupational health and safety, and a review of the Workers' Compensation Board.In September 2004, Wall released The Promise of Saskatchewan: A New Vision for Saskatchewan's Economy,WEB,weblink PDF, The Promise of Saskatchewan: A New Vision for Saskatchewan's Economy, Brad Wall, September 2004, 2007-08-07, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070701051939weblink">weblink 2007-07-01, a plan to grow the province's economy. In the fall of 2006, Wall released a policy paper on behalf of the Saskatchewan Party caucus, "Getting Saskatchewan Back on Track: Addressing Saskatchewan's Labour Shortage."WEB
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, Wall and the Saskatchewan Party consistently led in opinion polling leading up to the 2007 election. In that election, the Saskatchewan Party won 38 of the 58 seats in the legislature, making Wall only the third centre-right premier in the province's history.On November 7, 2011 Wall led the Saskatchewan Party to a historic landslide victory in the provincial election. The Saskatchewan Party garnered 49 seats, an increase of 11, and left the NDP with 9 seats, the smallest number of seats held by them since 1982. This was the third-largest majority government in Saskatchewan's history. The Saskatchewan Party even managed to oust NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter in his own riding.Arguably the biggest moment of Brad Wall’s time as premier came in the fall of 2010. BHP Billiton attempted to take over Saskatchewan-based Potash Corporation. The story received national and international attention. Wall successfully lobbied the federal government to block the takeover to ensure Saskatchewan had control over this critical resourceweblink Wall’s time as premier, the province experienced unprecedented population growth and, for most of his tenure, a strong economy buoyed by a robust oil, gas and potash sector. From 2007-2017, Saskatchewan grew by more than 160,000 people or 16 per cent, the most growth in any 10 year period since the 1920sweblink Many credit Wall with attracting new residents to Saskatchewan.Wall is also credited with reducing Saskatchewan's surgical wait times from among the longest in Canada to among the shortest through the use of private surgical clinics within the public system. The policy was initially controversial but soon became popular due to the favourable resultsweblink accomplishments include doubling supports for people with disabilities, tripling the income assistance program for low income seniors and removing 114,000 low-income people from the tax rolls completely through some of the largest income tax in the province's historyweblink's charisma also helped him achieve political success. Noted for his quick wit and folksy charm, Wall led opinion polls as the most popular premier in Canada for almost the entirety of his tenureweblink June 2013, Wall attended the Bilderberg Conference, an annual private conference of approximately 120 to 140 invited influential guests from North America and Europe.NEWS,weblink Bilderberg Group 2013 guest list and agenda, Matthew Holehouse, 2013-06-03, The Daily Telegraph retrieved July 6, 2013, In 2016, Wall led the Sask. Party to yet another landslide victory, with the party winning 62 per cent of the popular voteweblink August 10, 2017, Wall announced that he was retiring from politics.Wall remains active in politics, most recently in his opposition to a federally opposed carbon tax. After the Justin Trudeau government introduced the carbon tax in 2016, Brad Wall and Saskatchewan was alone in its opposition to the tax, saying it would harm competitiveness while doing little to combat emissionsweblink However, now several premiers and many across Canada stand in strong opposition to the tax with many giving credit to Wall for being the first to take a standweblink

Controversies

Wall's leadership style has generally been received as popular throughout Saskatchewan and within the Saskatchewan Party caucus. However, his leadership was called into question at the end of January 2006 when MLA Brenda Bakken-Lackey resigned from the party. Bakken-Lackey cited unspecified frustrations within Saskatchewan Party caucus as being among her reasons for resigning.HTTP://WWW.CBC.CA/NEWS/CANADA/SASKATCHEWAN/BYELECTION-TO-BE-CALLED-IN-WEYBURN-BIG-MUDDY-1.593694 >TITLE=BYELECTION TO BE CALLED IN WEYBURN-BIG MUDDY PUBLISHER=CBC NEWS, 2015-05-04, This led to a by-election in Weyburn-Big Muddy, which was won by the Saskatchewan Party's former caucus researcher, Dustin Duncan. At the party's 2007 annual convention, Wall received the support of 98 per cent of convention delegates for his leadership.In the Saskatchewan Legislature's spring 2006 session, NDP MLAs revealed that Wall had worked in Gerich's office at the time when $15,000 worth of alcoholSaskatoon Star Phoenix, January 17, 1992 was allocated to the Minister's office. Wall admitted to the media of his partaking in the alcohol and knowing it was "wrong"Brad Wall on CBC, March 23, 2006 and stated he considered it "an asset" to have learned from the government's activities.On April 3, 2008, the provincial NDP released a video tape that was found at a former Conservative MP office. The tape was filmed during the 1991 Saskatchewan general election on the day of the leaders debate.WEB,weblink Tasteless Tape Sparks Tacky Outrage, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, John Gormley, April 4, 2008, 2008-04-04, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080608111643weblink">weblink June 8, 2008, The video showed Conservative MP and former Saskatchewan Party staffer Tom Lukiwski making homophobic remarks.WEB,weblink Tory MP apologizes for anti-gay comments, CTV News, 2008-04-04, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080405103809weblink">weblink 2008-04-05, Wall was also on the video using an exaggerated Ukrainian accent, making racist derogatory statements about former NDP Premier Roy Romanow.NEWS,weblink Saskatchewan MP apologizes over anti-gay slur, CBC News, April 3, 2008, 2015-05-04, WEB,weblink Labour livid over comments on controversial tape, Mysask.com, 2018-05-14, In 2015, Brad Wall was named in a lawsuit against himself, Rob Norris, the former Minister of Advanced Education, and the University of Saskatchewan and its Board of Governors for the controversial firing of the President, Ilene Busch-Vishniac, after the Provost, Brett Fairbairn, fired an executive director at the university and ended his tenure for openly criticizing the university's leadership. Wall and Norris are accused of unlawfully inserting themselves into the Board's decision of firing Busch-Vishniac.NEWS,weblink Former U of S president Busch-Vishniac sues over dismissal, www.cbc.ca, 2016-04-27, The lawsuit is ongoing.In 2017, Wall addressed a room of Saskatchewan Party members at a nomination meeting, where he recited a joke about the execution of Métis leader Louis Riel, who was captured and executed by the Canadian government in 1885 following the Battle of Batoche. British Columbia's Métis Federation labeled Wall's joke as "foolish" and "insensitive" and called for an apology.NEWS, Joehnck, Manfred, Premier Wall accused of making "foolish" and "insensitive" comments about Louis Riel,weblink 24 January 2018, MBC Radio, Missinpi Broadcast Corporation, 10 November 2017, WEB, Premier Remarks and Saskatchewan Party Nomination Demonstrate Lack of Respect for Métis History,weblink BC Metis Federation, 24 January 2018, After Wall's retirement, he tweeted a derogatory message in opposition to the federal carbon tax, which read "Usually when someone tells you to send in money but you’ll get more back in return, it’s a Nigerian prince." Shortly after, Wall deleted the tweet and issued an apology to Saskatchewan's Nigerian community.WEB, Brad Wall apologizes after concerns raised over 'Nigerian prince' tweet,weblink Regina Leader Post, 29 November 2018,

Personal life

Wall resides in Swift Current. He is married to Tami whom he met in 1984 when they were both students at the University of Saskatchewan, and married in 1991.WEB,weblink Premier Brad Wall: "The luckiest guy in the country in terms of a job!", Edward, Willett, Fine Lifestyles Regina, 2009, Together they have three children – two daughters Megan and Faith, and a son Colter.NEWS,weblink Saskatchewan's new Premier has reason to swagger, Roy, MacGregor, The Globe and Mail, January 28, 2008, Colter Wall is a country singer.Colter Wall debuts first songs, including The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie. "While he was not asked about it during his interview on CBC, Wall is the son of Saskatchewan's premier, Brad Wall."On May 1, 2018 Wall announced he would begin working as an advisor for the Calgary law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt LLP.NEWS, Brad Wall working in Calgary as adviser for business law firm,weblink CBC News, 1 May 2018,

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