Abe Quiring of Osler is hoping to carry the Saskatchewan Party colours in the Martensville-Warman constituency during the next provincial election.
Quiring, who is currently serving as the Mayor of Osler, announced his candidacy for the Sask Party nomination on Wednesday, April 9.
“I think the biggest attributes I bring to the table are honesty and transparency,” said Quiring in an interview April 9. “I want to be a voice in the Legislature for the people of this riding.”
Quiring, 43, is married with four children. He was first elected to Osler town council nine years ago, and was elected Mayor in the fall of 2016. He grew up on a small family farm in the Altona district west of Osler. At the age of 16 he moved to Osler, where he’s been very active in community organizations for many years.
He said prior to becoming a town councillor, he was not involved in politics at any level. His experience on the municipal council has been an eye-opener, he noted.
“It’s been a real learning experience, particularly with regard to regional issues,” said Quiring. “The Partnership for Growth (P4G) regional planning process isn’t without its bumps along the way, but overall I think it’s very positive.
“Working with all five municipalities, you get a wider perspective. It’s clear to me that we need to work together as a region if we’re going to grow and prosper.”
Quiring said health care, highways, drainage, potable water and wastewater infrastructure are all examples of the need for regional cooperation when it comes to planning for the future.
“But there is only so much that we can do as a region,” he added. “The province plays a big role in all those areas as well.
“I think that our MLA, Nancy Heppner, has done a great job in that regard, and I’d like to continue her advocacy in Regina.”
Quiring said he will bring a “unique perspective” to the race because Osler is a small urban municipality in a riding that includes two cities, a town and a large portion of the province’s most populated and diverse rural municipality.
“Osler is on the northern outskirts of the P4G planning area,” said Quiring. “We have to make sure our agriculture sector is well-protected as we grow. Farming is a big contributor to our economy, particularly in this area with a lot of big dairy operations.
“It’s a balancing act, but I think we can achieve outcomes where everyone wins.”
Quiring said he feels confident he can represent constituents in the riding effectively.
“People ask me, ‘What is your platform?’
“I tell them I don’t really have a platform. The Sask Party has a platform that I agree with and that’s what I am running on.
“I tell them I will listen to the people in the riding and I intend to work hard to be their voice in the Legislature.”