Regina—Saskatoon Greystone MLA Rob Norris today announced that he will not be running again in the next provincial election, expected in 2016
“As the Saskatchewan Party begins preparing for the next election, it is a natural transition point for some of us,” Norris said. “When I was first elected in 2007, I said I did not consider provincial politics to be a long-term career for me. I wanted to make a difference and over two terms, I believe I have made a difference and done my best to serve the people of Saskatoon Greystone and the province.”
“As I turn my attention to future career options, it is time to pass the baton to another candidate – someone who will bring energy and fresh ideas into the upcoming provincial race.”
Norris was first elected in 2007 by just 300 votes. His margin of victory grew to over 1,700 votes in 2011 as he earned 58 per cent of the popular vote.
“Like other MLAs, I am humbled to serve in Saskatchewan’s Legislative Assembly and grateful for the support I have received from the voters,” Norris said. “Getting to know, learning from and working to serve the industrious and generous families of Saskatoon Greystone has been an extraordinary honour.”
“I am especially grateful for the remarkable opportunity to have served in both the caucus and cabinet of Premier Brad Wall. It’s an exciting era of growth, energy and optimism for our province and Premier Wall is committed to ensuring the benefits of growth are shared by people across our province.”
Premier Wall thanked Norris for his service to the party, the government and the people of Saskatchewan.
“Rob Norris is one of the most hard-working, dedicated and thoughtful individuals I have met,” Wall said. “In the early days of our government, he was given the challenge of some very important files right after he was first elected.”
"Rob handled it extremely well and managed some important initiatives, including introducing Saskatchewan’s first essential services law. He also led the development of Saskatchewan’s immigration strategy which continues to contribute significantly to our record population growth.”
“Rob also has a tremendous passion for giving our young people the best possible opportunities to succeed by ensuring they receive the education and skills training they need here in Saskatchewan,” Wall said. The Saskatchewan Party has now nominated 22 candidates with 10 more nomination meetings scheduled in the coming weeks. 40 Saskatchewan Party MLAs have now indicated they intend to run in the next provincial election.
For more information: The Saskatchewan Party, 306.359.1638 or 1.800.966.9611.