Reaction has poured in to the recent announcement by Herb Cox that he is not running for a third term as MLA for the Battlefords.
Cox confirmed July 24 that he is not seeking re-election in the fall 2020 vote. Among those paying tribute to Cox was Premier Scott Moe.
“Herb has been such a strong voice in our government and for his constituents, he will really be missed,” Moe stated on Facebook.
“While it will be tough to not have Herb around anymore, his presence in cabinet and around the caucus table has been critical to the success of our government. I want to wish him and his family all the best in the future”
“Thank you Herb for your great service to the Battlefords and to our province,” said former Premier Brad Wall on Facebook.
“It was an honour to serve with you as a fellow MLA and a cabinet colleague. I am very grateful for your past support and your enduring friendship.”
Opposition MLAs also paid tribute.
“All the best to Herb Cox as he moves on from the legislature,” stated NDP leader Ryan Meili on Twitter. “I’ve always found him to be friendly, respectful and committed to serving his community.”
“I’ve gotten to know MLA Herb Cox to be a kind and decent person,” said opposition MLA Trent Wotherspoon on Twitter. “I’ve always enjoyed his company – often in the Legislature’s lunchline or the cafeteria. I wish him good health and the best in his next chapter.”
In a Sask Party news release, Cox pointed to construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital as a highlight of his tenure as MLA.
“Of course, the biggest project has been the brand-new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford, that was completed last year. Replacing the 100-year old hospital with this brand new facility that is so much better for mental health patients – a facility that gives the patients and their families dignity in care – that’s something that I’m very proud of.”
Cox also pointed to “our government’s fight against the carbon tax” as something that received significant support from his constituents.
“I am proud to support the strong leadership of Premier Scott Moe on the carbon tax and many other issues, and I will be working to support the re-election of our Saskatchewan Party government in the next election.”