After nearly 30 years in provincial politics and seven terms as MLA for the Cannington constituency, Dan D'Autremont has announced his upcoming retirement.

He will remain as MLA until his current term is up in 2020, at which point he will not seek renomination.

He released the news Thursday evening in Arcola in front of many of his constituents, during the town's 'Meet The Premier' event.

Premier Scott Moe was present at the time, and had shining words to say about the long-serving Member of Legislature.

This man...is a founding member of our party. He's a stalwart MLA. He's the most distinguished politician, when you look at his history over the past 27 years serving in the Legislature on behalf of the people in this corner of the province and on behalf of all of the people across the province. He has served in virtually every office in government, in cabinet, in caucus, in opposition, and on the government side. He's been a House leader, he's been a Speaker, and  he's most certainly our most distinguished politician in our province. He is a mentor for many of us. Myself being elected in 2011, I had the opportunity to sit with Dan for one session and listen to all of his comments as we made our way through the session and he has most truly been a mentor for so many, myself included."

"I've done almost all the things I wanted to do, but not quite, there's still a couple left. So I'm looking forward to the next two years, and I'm looking forward to someone else taking over," added D'Autremont.

He first dipped his toe into politics in 1976, when he wrote letters to the federal government regarding gun control. He moved back to the farm, from Alberta, in 1977 and immediately jumped into the 1978 election campaign. He's been involved ever since, with his first term starting in 1991 and every term following.

Lookin back, D'Autremont identified a couple of accomplishments in his tenure that seem to have been his most significant.

"A...the formation of the Saskatchewan Party. The second would be the rewriting of all of the rules that the Legislature operates under. I, and another MLA, were the ones who did that, When they say I know all the rules, it's because I wrote them," he quipped.

When it comes to the future of Cannington and the SaskParty, the feisty politician expressed that he'd like to leave, "A legacy of hard work, and listening to the people of your constituency."

 

 

More Local News

SNS Marches Out Racism

The Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCOS) has been raising awareness of the benefits of cultural diversity and the dangers of racism since November 22, 1975. Created to represent six regional…

Humane Society Has Vital Talks

Vital communication is a big part of our community and many areas within the energy city are gathering together to see where updates are needed. The Estevan Public Library hosted a recent community…

Glowing For A Cause

The Midale Swimming Pool had a fundraiser to bring out all those wanting to join in on a glow skate. Joleen Tuchscherer the administrator for the Town of Midale, "On Saturday we had a Glow Skate at…

Busy Docket For City Council

From the conditions of the streets and highways in southeast Saskatchewan, to the amount of money councillors and the mayor recieve, a number of major topics were discussed at council last night.…

Road Bans Come Into Affect

As of midnight Sunday night, road bans are officially on for the grid roads in the RM of Estevan, as well as Benson and Coalfields. Vehicles over 12,000lbs are barred from driving on all grid roads…

There Was A 78% Increase In Workplace Fatalities Last Year According To WCB

The Workers Compensation Board of Saskatchewan has released some of there injury and fatality numbers for the year 2018. While the ten-year average has seen a steady decline in the number of…

The B&T Gun Show Back For Its 6th Year

One could make the argument that the safest place in Estevan was at the B&T Gun Show this weekend. The Floors were jam-packed with hunters, sportsmen, and enthusiasts. The Wylie Mitchell Hall was…

Southeast College to Implement Business Management Essentials Program

Southeast College has plans to implement a Business Management Essentials program. Dion McGrath, President, and CEO of Southeast College shared some highlights of their plans in a media release on…

Changes That Simplify Payments To Foster Parents

The Saskatchewan Foster Families Association is applauding the Saskatchewan Government's announcement that they will simplify the payment structure for foster families. Currently, foster families…

Autism Funding Comes Up Short

With the recently released budget, the provincial government bumped the number of funding families with children with autism under the age of six receive. The funding is being increased from $4,000 a…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login