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Hindley elected as Sask. Party rep for Swift Current

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Everett Hindley gets a hug from his wife Anita following the announcement of results at the nomination meeting, Dec. 11. Everett Hindley gets a hug from his wife Anita following the announcement of results at the nomination meeting, Dec. 11.

Saskatchewan Party members in Swift Current picked Everett Hindley to represent the party in an upcoming by-election in the city.
Over 400 party members attended the nomination meeting at the city’s Palliser Pavilion, Dec. 11.


The nomination was contested by Hindley, who has been the executive assistant to Swift Current MLA and Premier Brad Wall since 2007, and Derek Robinson, who has been the executive director of digital strategy in executive council and the office of the premier since December 2011.

“It’s just such an honour to be here tonight,” Hindley said after the meeting. “We sold a ton of memberships between Derek and I, and of course the leadership candidates too, but just to see the crowd here tonight, to see the support for the Saskatchewan Party, was huge. I’m just so thankful that the members of the Saskatchewan Party in Swift Current have decided to put their trust in me as their candidate for the upcoming by-election and in the next provincial election.”
This nomination meeting and the upcoming by-election became necessary after Wall's decision to retire from politics at the end of January.
“I expect some time fairly shortly after that there’ll be a by-election called,” Hindley said. “It will be a matter of working with everyone here tonight, the folks who were supporting Derek and his team, and pulling the members together to start to strategize a bit about that by-election.”
He felt it will be easier to contest the by-election against candidates of other parties than it was to run against a member of his own party in the nomination race.
“I couldn’t have a better guy to run against,” he said. “In one respect it was great, in another respect, because he’s such a good guy, it’s tough to run against somebody like that. We probably had the cleanest political race you’ll ever see in history.”
For Hindley it was a busy campaign time since he declared his intention to seek the party's nomination in early October. He has been knocking on doors, dropping off campaign brochures and phoning people to ask for their support. It was also an opportunity to hear from people about issues of concern to them, which included concerns over the recent provincial budget.
“I remember talking to a couple of folks who were concerned about the recent budget decision to add the PST on to insurance premiums,” he said.
Teachers also expressed some concerns when he spoke to them during his campaign.
“I did talk to a handful of teachers about supports in the classroom and growing class sizes, and how we’re going to address that,” he said.
At the same time he detected a sense of cautious optimism in the community with regard to the economy. He visited a local oilfield services company that is starting to hire again.
“So there’s some optimism in the economy, I think, but that being said, the folks in this community want to make sure the government supports that,” he noted. “I think they agree that the government has to make some tough decisions in the budget, but they understand what the end goal is, which is to try and have a balanced budget. But that being said, the other balance to that is being able to make sure that we don’t do anything that stunts the economy and impacts communities like Swift Current.”

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Matthew Liebenberg

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