A Canadian Christian friend recently introduced me to the head of state in his province by sharing an email link. I thus learned about a remarkable politician named Brad Wall. Wall was elected Premier of Saskatchewan in the November 2007 provincial election.
Since that election, the Wall's leadership of the government can point to a remarkable list of achievements, including;
- Three balanced budgets;
- The largest tax cuts in the history of Saskatchewan;
- Cutting the province's debt by almost 40 per cent;
- Record infrastructure spending to improve roads, schools and senior's facilities all across Saskatchewan and providing more affordable housing for those with lower incomes.
Prior to his career in politics, Premier Wall was active in his local business community and was involved in service work spanning local events, economic development and health care recruitment.
One of his earliest forays into politics was in the late 1980's as a founding member and western co-chair of the Alliance for the Future of Young Canadians. This was an organization dedicated to promoting free trade.
Brad Wall was born and raised in Swift Current, which is in Saskatchewan's south-west. He still lives there with his wife, Tami as well as their three children: Megan, Colter and Faith. And because of them, he tries to get home most nights, even though it's a two hour drive from Saskatchewan's capital-Regina. He also enjoys coaching minor football in his hometown.
Here is the premier's Christmas greetings to his people. This is an amazing balance of faith and leadership in a time when we are learning how to live in the public sector where Christendom no longer dominates the culture. God bless Premier Wall.