IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2018
Dan D’Autremont Will Not Seek Re-election
The Saskatchewan Party’s longest serving MLA and founding member, Dan D’Autremont, announced last night to his constituents that he will not be seeking re-election in the upcoming 2020 Provincial Election. D’Autremont is the current MLA representing the constituency of Cannington and as of 2020 will have served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for 29 years.
“I ran in 1991 because I saw things that needed to be changed and improved upon in our province and in my community.” D’Autremont stated, “After serving for 27 years in the legislature, I am proud of the changes that we have implemented since forming our Saskatchewan Party government 11 years ago. Thank you for your support during the last seven election cycles and for your first vote back in 1990 at that first nomination meeting.”
D’Autremont was first elected in the 1991 Provincial Election as the Progressive Conservative Candidate for Souris-Cannington and defeated his NDP opponent by 1,068 votes (45% of the vote). He continued on to win his seat for the 1995 Provincial Election and in 1997 became involved with the discussions to form the new Saskatchewan Party in 1997. On August 8, 1997, he joined with the seven other MLA’s to found the Saskatchewan Party.
D’Autremont continued to represent the Saskatchewan Party and won his seat with huge majorities in the 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016 Provincial Elections. In 2016, D’Autremont received over 84 per cent of the vote.
In opposition, Dan served as the critic for Highways, Education, Energy and Mines, Health, SaskTel, ITO, SLGA and SGI. He served as the chair of the caucus' Crown Corporations Committee and vice-chair of the legislature's Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies.
Once the Saskatchewan Party formed government in 2007, he served as the Minister responsible for SLGA, Government Services and ITO. He served as Government House Leader, co-chair of the Legislation and Regulation Review Committee, as a member of the Standing Committee on Crown and Central Agencies, and as a member of the Public Accounts Committee. During the 27th Legislature, Dan served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, chair of the Board of Internal Economy, the Privileges Committee, the House Services Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. He currently sits as a member of the Private Bills Committee and chair of the standing committee on Human Services.
“The Saskatchewan Party has always kept the best interests of Saskatchewan people at heart,” D’Autremont stated, “It was a pleasure to see our province grow and mature during my time as MLA with the formation of the Saskatchewan Party and the Saskatchewan Party Government. We saw the biggest increase in population since the 1920s; a good measure that speaks to the success of our province and values of our party. Our future is bright and I am looking forward to watching that from the sidelines.”
“I know that our Party will continue to represent the constituency of Cannington well into the future” D’Autremont said, “This constituency is made up of farmers, small business entrepreneurs and oil-men who have the drive and ability to succeed on their own merits and don’t want to be held back by intrusive government, which has been the philosophy advocated by the NDP.”
“Dan has been an invaluable mentor, friend and colleague to everyone in our caucus since the very beginning of our party. His legacy of service in opposition, our government’s cabinet, in the Speaker’s chair, and most importantly, in the Legislature on behalf of the people of Cannington is remarkable. Dan has helped keep our province on track and moving in the right direction since Day 1, including as a founding member of our party, and we are ever-thankful for his service.” Premier Scott Moe said, “The people of Cannington chose Dan to be their MLA seven consecutive times, an incredibly strong vote of confidence from his constituents. Thank you Dan, for everything.”
For the 2020 Provincial Election, 11 candidates have been nominated with 15 more nomination meetings already scheduled for the coming months. The next nomination date is set for November 19, 2018 in the Constituency of Regina University.
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