REGINA – Jeffrey Walters was approved as the new leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party by the Party’s membership on Saturday at the Davidson Community Centre. Because there was no other candidate, members voted on whether or not to approve Walters as leader. He received 100% of the vote.
Walters takes over from interim leader Robert Rudachyk, who served for the last 12 months. Rudachyk decided not to run for the permanent position. In his farewell speech, he highlighted the government’s mismanagement of COVID-19, and encouraged members to get behind Walters: “I encourage you all to vote for Jeff Walters for leader.”
Walters, an Instructor of Sociology and Justice Studies at the University of Regina, recognizes the importance of his new role. “We are currently at a defining moment in our history. Our province is under siege from COVID-19, our planet is in peril due to impending climate change, our healthcare system is broken, our economy is out of balance, our education system fails too many of our children, and our politics are currently broken”, he told the crowd. “For the first time in a long time, our Party has a chance to build a new political majority…with people from both the left and right.”
Walters will lead the Saskatchewan Liberal Party into the 2024 Election. He is ready to get to work for the Party and the province that he loves and calls home.