What Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall learned from being a part of the Grant Devine administration was a lesson for ALL politicians: spend within your means!
Q: From your own experience as a staffer with the Progressive Conservative government in the 1980s, what did you learn and what do you bring from that?
A: I learned a lot of things. Some good things and some things that I resolved at a very young age that if I ever had the chance to never, ever see repeated. I think right across the country we saw provinces and a federal government engaged in deficit spending in a big way ... fiscal responsibility has to be the watchword, it has to be at the top of the list in terms of priorities. I think that's the lesson that everyone has learned from that time. I also learned that it's important for ministers to have some senior political staff. I've told people that I was too young to be in some of the jobs I was in to provide balance and some experience there. That's important for ministers to have access to and we're going to try and achieve that.