Longtime Saskatchewan Party legislature member Lyle Stewart resigns due to cancer

REGINA — A longtime member of the Saskatchewan legislature who caused controversy when he invited a convicted murderer to the throne speech says he will resign his seat because of his health.

Lyle Stewart, who represents Lumsden-Morse, says his cancer has worsened in recent weeks to the point he can no longer do his job.

Stewart was first elected in 1999 and has held positions in cabinet, including as the minister of agriculture, and served briefly as interim leader of the Saskatchewan Party.

His resignation is effective as of March 10 and a byelection is to be held within six months.

Stewart was stripped of his legislative secretary duties after inviting notorious killer Colin Thatcher to the speech last year.

In a news release, Premier Scott Moe thanked Stewart for all his years of service saying he always looked out for the best interests of the people he serves.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 6, 2023.

The Canadian Press