FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2019
Regina, SK – Gene Makowsky was acclaimed by local Saskatchewan Party members to be the party’s candidate once again for Regina Gardiner Park in the upcoming 2020 provincial election. Makowsky was first elected as the MLA for Regina Dewdney in the 2011 election, and re-elected in 2016 in the newly-formed constituency of Regina Gardiner Park.
“I would like to thank my constituents for their continued support,” Makowsky said. “Working on behalf of them in this great constituency has been a very rewarding part of my life so far. I am hopeful that I will earn their support to keep representing them once again after the upcoming election.”
Makowsky currently serves as the Minister for Parks, Culture, and Sport. Since elected in 2011 he has served as the Deputy Whip, Legislative Secretary to the Minister for Parks, Culture, and Sport, and was a member of the Legislative Standing Committee and Caucus Policy Committee of Crown and Central Agencies.
Makowsky pointed to the recent announcement of a balanced 2019-20 budget as one of the reasons he decided to put his name on the ballot again.
“We just announced a balanced budget – a budget that we promised we would deliver, and a budget that finds the right balance between respecting taxpayer money and continuing to invest in the services and programs that people in Saskatchewan expect,” said Makowsky. “Balanced budgets are important to me as I know they are important to my constituents.”
Makowsky is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan where he received his bachelor’s degree in Education with distinction. He is known for his 17 years playing offensive line with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Lineman twice, a CFL All-Star five times and helped lead the Riders to a Grey Cup in 2007. In 2015, Makowsky was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame.
Makowsky noted Premier Scott Moe’s strong voice and support for Saskatchewan as another reason why he will run again in the 2020 election.
“Premier Moe has been terrific since the moment he won the leadership race in early 2018; he stepped right into that job and hasn’t looked back,” said Makowsky. “I’m proud to be with Premier Scott Moe and all of our Saskatchewan Party team, and I’m looking forward to standing up for Saskatchewan as we keep moving towards the 2020 election.”
Makowsky and his wife, Tami, live in Regina and have three children.
The Saskatchewan Party has now nominated 32 candidates in advance of the 2020 election.