The Estevan Review
Reporting from the Saskatchewan Legislature, Regina
Nov. 23rd, 2016 19:30
Saskatchewan’s populist Premier Brad Wall is pondering a run for the top job in the nation, according to a top Saskparty insider, who was not authorized to make public statements. Premier Wall has apparently been brushing up on his French language skills since early last year, hiring a private French Professor from the Université du Québec and is rumored to be making extremely fast progress, “He’s very linguistically inclined for an anglo of old stock, working basically with an immersion disciple level for several hours per day, extremely bright and eager to learn, highly intelligent with a natural gift for learning, though he really must work on pronouncing his accent aigu!” reported the SaskParty insider who spoke to The Estevan Review on condition of animosity from Regina last night.
WALL PREVIOUSLY DENIED INTEREST, DEDICATED TO SASKATCHEWAN
Premier Wall has long been recognized as the most popular and well-liked Premier of the Provinces and routinely dubbed as the top Conservative in all of Canada, only recently slipping in popularity to 2nd place after P.E.I’s Premier Wade MacLauchlan inched into first. One recent CBC poll showed that Premier Wall’s popularity was triple Alberta Premier’s Rachel Notley’s in her own province (32% approval rate) and a whopping tenfold higher approval then Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who stooped to an all-time record historical low for Ontario Premier’s at only 9%. Jason Kenney, currently vying for a 2019 Premiership in Alberta with sights set on becoming Alberta’ top prize said, “There has never been a better, more courageous nor steadfast leader in Western Canada then Brad Wall. He would be a tremendous asset to the nation, as far as I am concerned, he’s already the Prime Minister of the West and Canada’s voice of reason.” Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s top advisor and personal secretary had less optimism on a possible Brad Wall Prime Minister run, “Brad Wall just doesn’t have what it takes. He has little international experience- never dealt with an NGO in his life- can’t speak French- evidently knows nothing about climate change- refuses to speak up on LGBT rights & quite frankly, and goodness gracious, watches the NFL. He just isn’t ready for this job,” said Mr Butts.
FRENCH HAS BEEN A HINDRANCE TO LEADERSHIP RUN
Federal pre-requisition in Ottawa is for all politicians in the Parliament to be fluently bilingual, in English and French. An obvious disadvantage for western politicians such as Brad Wall, whom hails from the nearly exclusive anglophone community of Swift Current. In 2014, Wall had flirted with the idea of studying French but at the time, suggesting his motivation was to merely better represent himself to the various francophone communities that exist in Saskatchewan “as a Premier of fair representation should.” With Wall rumoured to be making fast track progress on his French, the next big debate will be whether to pursue the Conservative Party of Leadership Crown prior to April 2017, when the candidate to lead the party into the 2019 federal elections will be chosen. Wall previous pledged allegiance to working exclusively for Saskatchewan on a provincial level. “If Wall announces his intention for nomination tomorrow, it almost guarantees his position for the top Tory post the next day, due to his immense unquestionable popularity, charisma, and widespread support across the nation, most Tory’s will be extremely pleased should Wall decide to pursue the top job,” according to Randolph Ziolkowski a top political analyst from the reknown Fraser Institute think tank in Toronto.
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT EXPECTED AFTER CLIMATE MEETING
According to the same SaskParty insider, an official announcement can be expected within the next couple months, depending on the outcome of the Premier’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau early December and Canada’s Premiers in December. Environmental concerns, carbon tax implementation and the plans to phase out coal by 2030 will be the key dominant discussion points. Premier Wall has been Ottawa’s harshest critic on the federal climate change plans, taking the battle to Twitter to publicly denounce Trudeau’s plans, which Wall claims will make Saskatchewan susceptible to further shortcomings, business divestment and drastically hurt the provincial economy. “The perceived shafting that Premier Wall perceives against Saskatchewan regarding the newly imposed carbon tax and now the accelerated coal phase by the Federal government have pretty much put Brad Wall’s meanest game face on. I don’t even think he takes it off to sleep anymore, he really see’s this as a federal conspiracy against Saskatchewan industry; families & farmers alike, the energy sector, you name it.. and he has absolutely no intention of allowing this “catastrophic disaster” to unfold and every intention in the world to impede it. Knowing Mr Wall for over a decade, I’m confident that he will. Legacy demands it.