Former Saskatchewan agriculture minister Lyle Stewart has announced he’s resigning the seat he has held for the last 23 and half years due to health reasons.
“I have been living with prostate cancer for a number of years now, but unfortunately, my condition has worsened in recent weeks to the point that I can no longer do this job to the standard I expect of myself and that my constituents deserve,” said Stewart, in a release shared by the Saskatchewan Party caucus on March 6.
First elected in 1999, he served as Minister of Agriculture from 2012 to 2018, when he stepped down from the cabinet post to undergo cancer treatment.
“It has been the honour of my life to represent the people of Lumsden-Morse and Thunder Creek as their MLA for the past 23 and a half years. It has also been an honour to work with the two best and most successful leaders in Canada – Premier Brad Wall and Premier Scott Moe,” noted Stewart.
“Lyle was a great ag minister, always standing up for Saskatchewan producers and initiating many of the great trade relationships we have today,” said Moe. “But first and foremost, he has been a dedicated and hard-working MLA, always looking out for the best interests of the people he serves.”
Friday, March 10 will be Stewart’s last day as an MLA.