Wood River MLA Yogi Huyghebaert today announced he will not be running again in the next provincial election, expected in 2016.
Huyghebaert, 69, is serving his fourth term as the MLA for Wood River. He was first elected in a byelection in 2000 and was re-elected in 2003, 2007 and 2011. In the 2011 election, Huyghebaert received 82 per cent of the popular vote.
“It has been a tremendous honour to represent the voters of Wood River and to be part of the Saskatchewan Party government,” Huyghebaert said. “I will continue to serve as MLA for Wood River until the next election. By then, it will be time for someone else to represent the Saskatchewan Party in that constituency and I look forward to supporting that candidate to become the next MLA for Wood River.”
Premier Brad Wall thanked Huyghebaert for his many years of service not only to the people of Wood River and Saskatchewan, but also his service to Canada through his long and distinguished career in the Canadian Forces.
“Before he entered politics, Yogi Huyghebaert had already served our country for 33 years,” Wall said. “But even after his retirement from the Forces, he still felt he wanted to serve in a different capacity – by getting involved in public life. That says a lot about the kind of person Yogi is and I am proud to have him as a member of our party and our government.
“Yogi has played a leadership role in our party, serving the Wood River constituency and as a very effective cabinet minister. He has been instrumental in the numerous initiatives our government has taken to support our troops and he is the first Military Liaison the Saskatchewan government has ever had.”
Wall said he expects a strongly contested nomination meeting in the Wood River constituency.
“This has been one of our strongest constituencies during Yogi’s time as MLA,” Wall said. “We will work hard to continue earning the trust of the people of Wood River so that our candidate can succeed Yogi as the next Saskatchewan Party MLA for Wood River.”