Moose Jaw North MLA intends to run again
When Warren Michelson first got involved in Saskatchewan politics, he saw a province ripe with opportunity.
"I looked at Saskatchewan with all of the resources this province has … and it just wasn't right Saskatchewan was a have-not province," Michelson told the Times-Herald. "That piqued my interest and it's what got me going in politics to begin with."
Michelson ran for the Saskatchewan Party and was first elected in 2007, but recently, he announced his intent to run again in the upcoming provincial election.
"To see the province moving in (the right) direction and doing good things, that's something that is really intriguing, very inspiring, and helped me make my decision that yes, we should keep this momentum going," said Michelson. "I'm excited to be part of a Saskatchewan that is showing growth and leadership, and doing good things for our people and the country."
Reflecting on what he and the Sask. Party government has achieved since he entered politics, Michelson said the greatest achievement is the new regional hospital in Moose Jaw.
"I went into the 2007 election and told the people of Moose Jaw North that the new hospital would be my number one priority," he said. "I was able to work with some great people and they could see the need for better medical facilities in the Five Hills Health Region … I'm very proud that we were able to see that need and had the resources to move forward on it.
"That would be the biggest thing that has happened for Moose Jaw and area since I was elected," he added.
Should he be elected again, Michelson said he would focus on "continued growth" and "making sure the people are looked after."
"There's a lot of very good ideas and a lot of things I would like to get done," he said. "Advanced education is a big thing and we need more skilled people in the workforce, so SIAST is certainly on the table … I would like to see a residence at some point for SIAST (Palliser campus)."
But, he said, "we have to take it in small steps."
"We've lowered taxes and we don't want to increase them," said Michelson. "It will come in time, but there's no timeline on it."