EAST CENTRAL — Fred Bradshaw, Saskatchewan Party legislature member for Carrot River Valley, has been officially sworn in as Minister of Highways and Minister responsible for the Water Security Agency.
“I’ve very pleased and obviously excited to take this job on, and I got to thank the premier for giving me the opportunity to do this,” Bradshaw said.
“I will certainly try my best and do the best job I can, for not just the likes of Carrot River Valley, but all of Saskatchewan— because you have to understand that we have 25,000 kilometres of road in Saskatchewan. It’s a big job.”
Bradshaw said that while he would like to see all the roads fixed, it’s an ongoing job between maintenance and rebuilding roads.
“It will take us some time for us to be able to get that all done, and truthfully in Saskatchewan with the number of roads we have, you’re never going to— it’s an ongoing job.”
The position was previously held by Joe Hargrave, the Sask. Party legislature member for Prince Albert Carlton.
Hargrave gave his resignation following a trip to California over the holidays while people were urged to stay home.
He will remain in the Saskatchewan Party caucus as the legislature member for his riding.
“I support Joe and he’s still a colleague and a friend and he’s still going to be with us so we’ll still be working with him,” Bradshaw said.
This will be Bradshaw’s first minister position. He has been serving as MLA for Carrot River Valley since 2007.
When asked if he had any plans for out of province or country travelling, Bradshaw said that he did not.
“I don’t think that would be the proper thing to do at the present time,” he said.
“My main time will be spent now in Regina, here, learning how to do this job.”