A message from Alanna Koch
Candidate for Saskatchewan Party Leader
I am excited to be running for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party. I love Saskatchewan! I’m so proud of the people here and all that this province has to offer.
My husband Gerry and I have two young adult daughters. We own and operate a grain farm at Edenwold where we are also involved in the community.
I am a long-time Sask Party member and trust in the principles and values of the Party. I believe that by following the path we are on, we will continue to grow as a province for the benefit of our citizens. My vision for Saskatchewan is one with a strong and stable economic climate, a good quality of life for all and a responsible government.
As leader, I will help build a strong economy by creating a positive business climate. I will capitalize on our natural advantages, pursue beneficial trade agreements, support free-market solutions and use science-based decision making. A strong economy is necessary to make investments in infrastructure and to invest into programs for our most vulnerable. The true goal of economic growth is to ensure all Saskatchewan citizens have the opportunity to have happy, fulfilled lives. To show compassion, I will extend the balanced budget plan by one year to minimize the effects of restraint measures.
I have been fortunate to have a long career in representing and serving the people of this great province both in the public sector and the private sector. I have a unique perspective on how government works, what citizens and businesses expect of their government and what is necessary for effective government.
It is government’s role to do what’s best for the province and that includes making difficult decisions. However, it’s also a government’s role to be transparent and accountable, to listen to citizens and to communicate. I believe how we do things is just as important as what we do. That is who I am, and how I believe government should be.
I have been a Chief of Staff to Cabinet Ministers and have worked closely with Premiers in senior advisory roles. I have worked on political campaigns – both provincially and federally – for more than 30 years, and I myself have been elected as a Public School Board Trustee. I was the longest-serving Deputy Minister of Agriculture in Canada, and most recently served as the head of the Public Service as the Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary. I have first-hand experience of how Cabinet works.
Before joining government, I was President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. I previously served as a Director with Agricore United (a predecessor of Viterra) and Executive Director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. I also served on the boards of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP).
Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to represent Saskatchewan at the federal-provincial-territorial table and on the international stage. Some of the work I am most proud of includes helping to secure market access for Saskatchewan goods in countries around the world. I have worked hard to make sure that Saskatchewan is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am no stranger to sticking up for Saskatchewan. I will do what is best for our province. I oppose the carbon tax and the proposed federal liberal tax changes, and will do what’s necessary to stop the Trudeau government.
Members should choose who they believe will lead their party to success in 2020 and beyond. I am confident I can do that.
I ask for your support in this leadership race. I look forward to the opportunity to improve the lives of Saskatchewan people. My commitment to you is to be open and accessible, to grow Saskatchewan with compassion and lead with integrity.