Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall retiring from politics

Brad Wall says he is retiring from politics after a decade as premier of Saskatchewan.

He made the announcement in an online video this morning saying it’s time for renewal for the Saskatchewan party and the province.

Wall says he will stay on until his successor is chosen.

Wall and his Saskatchewan Party have won three consecutive provincial elections, the last in 2016.

The 51-year-old routinely places high in opinion polls ranking the country’s most popular premiers and his knack for the zinger soundbite has made him a national political figure.

But he’s faced headwinds in recent months, especially after his government tabled an austerity budget this spring that boosted the provincial sales tax and made deep cuts to social services.

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