Saskatchewan Party leadership race hopeful Ken Cheveldayoff took his campaign to the Battlefords Thursday, going door-to-door to encourage party members who haven't voted yet to vote for him.
The Saskatoon-Willowgrove MLA said with many years of elected experience, he is ready for the top job leading the party, and the province.
"I've been a cabinet minister and Government House leader for 10 solid years," he said. "That's what I'm hearing from people that they really want."
Cheveldayoff said Battlefords residents are also looking for someone with a rural background who understands the rural way of life, and also with an urban Saskatchewan perspective who can “lead us into the next election."
Cheveldayoff visited residents in both North Battleford and Battleford throughout the day during his stop here.
"It's an area of the province (where) I have a tremendous amount of support," said the candidate, who grew up in nearby Blaine Lake. "I am a grassroots candidate who wants to talk to people about the issues, and encourage them to get their votes in because we're only eight days away from the leadership vote."
Some of the issues he heard from Battlefords' residents include their concerns about reducing crime in the area.
"Crime is always a big concern," Cheveldayoff said.
He added people can be assured the next premier and the next cabinet "will make it a top priority."
“It's all about quality of life," he added. "If you are worried about crime, break-and-enters and things like that, you don’t have a very good quality of life. That's something we have to address head-on."
Cheveldayoff said people are also concerned about the impact from the legalization of marijuana, which is expected to move ahead across the country in July.
Above all he said people are interested in the economy, balancing the provincial budget and ensuring there is “another 10 years of growth in Saskatchewan.”
On the issue of education funding in the next budget, Cheveldayoff said one of his ideas is to form a committee, called A Cabinet Committee of the Child, bringing together ministers and deputy ministers of education, social services and health care, to help find efficiencies so "taxpayers' dollars go as far as possible when we're addressing education."
"That's why we work so hard in the Sask Party to grow the economy, so we have more money for health care, education, and social services," he added.
Cheveldayoff said while visiting people he does "a lot of listening," and lets residents bring up the questions, but he said what he hears mostly is that people want someone with plenty of political experience, which he would bring to the leadership position if elected.
Cheveldayoff joins fellow candidates Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Gord Wyant, Scott Moe and Alanna Koch running in the Saskatchewan Party Leadership election taking place Jan. 27.
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