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"After several months of consideration, meeting with Party Executive members and local residents, I have decided to seek election to the Saskatchewan Legislature in the riding of Last Mountain-Touchwood", said PC Leader Rick Swenson.

"I have been meeting and talking on the phone with residents of this constituency for many months about the problems confronting this area of Saskatchewan and the lack of effective representation by their current MLA. Last Mountain-Touchwood has been hit particularly hard by years of flooding, deteriorating road and highway infrastructure and indifference to health and housing needs of seniors.

The horrific car crash on Highway 11, north of Saskatoon on the weekend, which resulted in the loss of an entire family of four, points a finger directly at the Wall Government’s misplaced priorities.

The Highway 11 and Wanuskewin Road intersection has been a scene of repeated tragedy for years and yet the Wall Government has built a 100 million dollar Highway to Nowhere on the west side of Regina, which won’t be driven on until 2019. This road to nowhere is part of the 2 billion dollar South Regina Bypass boondoggle provincial taxpayers are funding over the next 30 years.

“Mineral rights holders in Saskatchewan, whose lands are included in the potash restricted drilling areas, are being treated unfairly by the Sask Party Government.” says P.C. Leader Rick Swenson.

“Potash companies have convinced the government that oil and gas development cannot co-exist with potash mining in its various forms for safety reasons. This law, brought in by the NDP government of the late 1990s and perpetuated by the Sask Party, was done with no public consultation and no thought to advances in drilling technology.” added Swenson who is a former minister of Energy and Mines. “Potash companies coming to Saskatchewan to mine our resources know of our respect for freehold mineral rights. They should not be able to hide behind the government to avoid that respect and pay appropriate compensation to rights holders.”

The Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce Merv Malish as their candidate for the Canora Pelly constituency in the next provincial election. Merv was acclaimed at a nomination meeting held last night in the Stenen town hall.

“The Sask Party Government has mismanaged a boom, and now Saskatchewan taxpayers are left on the hook to pay for their mistakes.” That is the opinion of PC Party Leader Rick Swenson. “Their lack of vision when the money was rolling in is now evident as shown in the mid-year financial update.”

"Amendments to the Farm Land Security Act have left out a very important piece for Saskatchewan farm and ranch families", said PC Leader Rick Swenson.

Swenson adds, "Amendments to the Act were forced by Saskatchewan citizens because of the Sask Party government's cavalier attitude toward one of our greatest resources - our agricultural land. The Assiniboia Land Co-CPPIB deal highlighted this necessity for rule changes and more due diligence by the Farm Land Security Board."

Merv Malish of Canora, Saskatchewan has announced he will be seeking nomination to be the Progressive Conservative candidate in the Canora-Pelly Constituency for the provincial election to be held April 4, 2016.

Mr. Malish was born and raised near Mikado and graduated from Canora Composite High School. Merv worked on the family farm, and later owned and operated his own business in Mikado for 5 years. Mr. Malish spent time in British Columbia and has spent recent years working as an addictions and anger management counsellor. Merv returned to Saskatchewan and now resides in Canora.

When asked why he is seeking the nomination, Mr. Malish said “As a professional counsellor, I have always been recognized for putting my clients’ needs first.” He continued, “Becoming an MLA would give me the opportunity to bring the same commitment to a larger purpose, in meeting the needs of my constituency.”

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