The SaskParty MLA for the Melfort constituency will be sad to see Brad Wall leave politics.
Kevin Phillips says he was surprised to hear that Wall had decided to step down as party leader.
“We had caucus meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, so we had a bit of forewarning of it on Wednesday” explains Phillips.
“But yes, I was shocked.”
Phillips says his time working alongside Wall was special.
“He believes so much in this province that even though I’ve always had a deep belief in this province, I think it grew stronger under (Wall)” says Phillips, who adds that Wall is the same guy away from the cameras as he is in front of them, and someone you’d want to have a beer with.
Wall will stay on as leader until his successor is chosen, and Phillips believes the SaskParty has a lot of depth from which to draw.
“It might be a time of renewal and excitement for the party because we do have to work together” Phillips says.
“But I look around that room we’re in, the caucus room, and I could name off a dozen leadership candidates.”
Phillips is not surprised that the party has taken a hit since the spring budget, but he believes in the budget’s ultimate goal of becoming less reliant on natural resources.