With Brad Wall's departure from politics, the private sector is losing an ally and champion of free enterprise whose voice reverberated louder than most on the public stage.
Scott Saxberg, CEO of Crescent Point Energy, says he was stunned to hear the Saskatchewan premier was retiring from politics.
He says it was Wall's push for lower taxes and less regulation in the energy sector that helped enable his company to become the largest producer of oil and gas in that province.
In March, Saxberg and other leaders of Calgary-based energy companies were invited by Wall to relocate their head offices to Saskatchewan, a move that had irked Alberta Premier Rachel Notley but one for which Wall was unapologetic.
John Hopkins, CEO of the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce, says Wall will be sorely missed, adding that his policies have fuelled much economic growth in the province over the past decade.
The Canadian Press