Newly re-elected Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall vowed Tuesday to keep his campaign promises and deliver the province's residents the platform they overwhelmingly voted for in Monday's election.
Speaking with Sun News Network's Krista Erickson Tuesday afternoon from Regina, Wall said he was humbled by the margin of his party's win and planned to deliver voters what they voted for.
"We're going to do what we said we would do," said Wall, 45. "And if the best indicator of future behaviour is past behaviour, well, that's a pretty good indicator of what's going to be coming down in the next four years."
Wall said he encountered voters who said that the party's history of keeping its promises was the reason for their support.
"I think that's a powerful commodity and currency in politics today," he said.
Wall's Saskatchewan Party trounced the opposition NDP at the polls Monday, winning 49 of 58 seats, some of them in key urban ridings.
The NDP, which had 20 seats at dissolution, lost 11 seats, one of which had belonged to party leader Dwain Lingenfelter. After conceding his party's loss Monday night, Lingenfelter announced he had tendered his resignation with the party's executive and would be stepping down as party leader.
It was Wall's second consecutive majority win in the Prairie province. With his first win in November 2007, Wall overthrew an NDP government that had been in power for 16 years.
On Tuesday, Wall said the NDP's performance at the polls was due to a lack of vision and a reliance on ideology.
But despite his success on the provincial level, Wall has no intention of taking his popularity ratings national.
"I think this is the best job in the country, and I think the prime minister should be aspiring to this job," Wall said.
A native of Swift Current, Sask., Wall started his career in politics with the Progressive Conservative Party of Saskatchewan before moving to the Saskatchewan Party. He became that party's leader in 2004.
The Saskatchewan Party was formed in the mid-1990s with the amalgamation of former Liberals and Conservatives.