Humboldt-Watrous MLA, Deputy Premier and Finance Minister Donna Harpauer is one of four Sask Party MLA’s who won’t be seeking reelection this coming fall. A statement from the Sask Party on Tuesday confirmed that Harpauer and three long-standing colleagues will not run.
Others leaving the Sask Party fold are Indian Head-Milestone MLA and Government Relations Minister Donn McMorris, Weyburn-Big Muddy MLA and Crown Investments Minister Dustin Duncan, and Saskatoon Northwest MLA and Advanced Education Minister Gord Wyant.
Harpauer was first elected in the then Humboldt constituency in 1999, and she secured five more victories, making her the longest serving female Canadian cabinet minister in history. She’s held a diverse range of portfolios including Education, Social Services and her current post as Finance Minister.
McMorris also gained his first seat in 1999, while Duncan first came onto the scene in 2006. Wyant was first elected in 2010.
“That’s over 80 years of combined political experience and service to the people of Saskatchewan and that’s not easy to replace,” Premier Scott Moe said in the statement. “But at the same time, every government and every party needs renewal, and I respect the decision that Donna, Don, Dustin and Gord all made – that it’s time for renewal in their constituencies and for a new chapter in each of their lives.”
The four veteran MLA join a host of other Sask Party MLA who have already said they will not run in this fall’s provincial election. Long time Batoche MLA Delbert Kirsch is on that list. Others include Don Morgan (Saskatoon Southeast), Dana Skoropad (Arm River), Fred Bradshaw (Carrot River Valley) and Greg Ottenbreit (Yorkton).
Moose Jaw Wakamow MLA Greg Lawrence has already resigned from the Sask Party Caucus just prior to being charged with assault. Former Cutknife –Turtleford MLA Ryan Domotor was dismissed from Caucus after his November 2023 charge on communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services.
The Sask Party’s release noted that it has nominated 37 candidates for the fall election with seven new candidates on the roster. The party has seven more nomination dates scheduled.