McKay Explains Decision To Run Again For SaskParty

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 12:41



A former mayor of Cumberland House has officially been nominated as the Saskatchewan Party candidate in northeast Saskatchewan.


Winston McKay was acclaimed at a nomination meeting Monday night in La Ronge.


McKay ran under the Saskatchewan Party banner in the Cumberland constituency in the last provincial election in 2003, but lost to NDP MLA and Northern Affairs Minister Joan Beatty.


McKay also represented the party in northern Saskatchewan in the 1999 provincial election and in a 1998 by-election.


The bus driver and housing inspector says he is going to work hard to earn the votes of people who live in the Cumberland riding.


McKay says there needs to be increased eco-tourism opportunities in the North. He says northerners have much to offer in this regard, and a boost in eco-tourism would ensure good career opportunities for residents in the region.


He also says the Saskatchewan Party is committed to working in partnership with First Nations and Métis people, northern communities and other local stakeholders to develop an economic development strategy for northern Saskatchewan. McKay says the plan would include a review of roads and other infrastructure, and a plan for sustainable economic growth that balances economic development and preservation of the environment.