Bas Froese-Kooijenga is looking to get the nod from Saskatchewan Party members in the Martensville-Warman riding as their choice for candidate in the next provincial election.
Froese-Kooijenga, who represents Division 6 on the RM of Corman Park council, announced on April 9 that he is seeking the constituency nomination for the Sask Party.
“My goal is to be an advocate for this region at the provincial level,” said Froese-Kooijenga in an interview April 9. “I think our retiring MLA, Nancy Heppner, has done an excellent job, but after she steps down there’s still lots of work that needs to continue.
“I’ve been involved in discussions and decision-making at the municipal and regional level for several years, and I really see the need to have buy-in from the province so that infrastructure needs and land use planning for the future are taken into account in the big picture.”
Froese-Kooijenga and his wife Martha operate a successful dairy farm with a unique farmyard store along Highway 12 north of Martensville that sells directly to consumers. Froese-Kooijenga is currently serving his third term on Corman Park council. He was first elected in 2012. Prior to that he was a board member of InterValley Water rural water utility.
Froese-Kooijenga said he brings a unique perspective to the party nomination race. While he’s committed to representing the interests of residents of the urban municipalities of Warman, Martensville and Osler, he notes there are large portions of Corman Park that also lie within the constituency boundaries.
The riding includes farming operations, commercial and industrial developments, acreages and country residential hamlets.
“In a regional mix like this, cooperation among all the municipalities is key. We need to combine our strengths as communities and create something that is positive and productive.
“Balancing the demands of urban and rural growth is sometimes a challenge,” he added. “The Partnership for Growth (P4G) planning process isn’t perfect, but it is effective and beneficial overall.”
Froese-Kooijenga said the region has benefited from many infrastructure improvements over the past decade, adding that Heppner deserves credit for her advocacy in Regina.
“The Highway 11 and Highway 12 overpasses, the twinned highways, the improvements to Highway 305 and the Dalmeny highway, the new schools; they’re all big accomplishments,” said Froese-Kooijenga. “Things can get done at the provincial level, but it takes a lot of hard, steady work to nudge those projects along.
“I’m committed to hard work. I also have a lot of experience dealing with individual constituents’ issues and bringing them to the council table. I would like to continue that at the provincial level.”