Hargrave campaign centred on economic development

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Joe Hargrave is seen in front of Prince Albert’s Riverside Hyundai, which he has owned since its 2007 creation. Hargrave is running for the Sask. Party’s Prince Albert Carlton constituency nomination. 

Joe Hargrave’s office at Riverside Hyundai serves as a perfect backdrop to talk about his campaign for the Sask. Party’s Prince Albert Carlton constituency nomination.

 

Economic development is front and centre to his campaign platform -- something he said is key to helping Prince Albert meet the balance of the province’s forward momentum.

“The city’s not growing, so we more economic development,” Hargrave said. “We do need this bridge, we do need a new hospital, we need more people living in the city and paying taxes.

“If you drive to Saskatoon … and you see the economic development going on in Saskatoon and Regina and southern Saskatchewan, and then you drive around Prince Albert you say, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re missing the boat.’”

Born in Porcupine Plain, Hargrave spent his youth in Prince Albert, after which he left the area for job opportunities.

After 20 years in various positions, he moved back to Prince Albert to purchase Riverside Dodge and Riverside Arctic Cat.

“It was just a great opportunity for myself and my family,” he explained. “I always had a bit of entrepreneurial spirit. It was just waiting on the right opportunity, and then we saw that opportunity when we came to Prince Albert.”

He’s since expanded into two Melfort locations and in 2007 he created Riverside Hyundai in Prince Albert.

Hargrave said that the attitude in Saskatchewan has changed significantly since he was a kid, when the go-to for youth seeking employment was to leave the province.

This is where Hargrave’s allegiance to the Sask. Party comes from.

“Brad Wall and the Sask. Party have changed the attitude of people that we are a have-province, and let’s shoot for No. 1 -- let’s not settle for No. 8,” he said.

However, Hargrave notes that Prince Albert’s growth has stagnated in recent years as the province as a whole has outpaced its third-largest city.

“We need more of that good solid manufacturing -- that type of business in town,” he concluded.

A second North Saskatchewan River crossing will drive economic growth, and needs to be done proactively instead of reactively.

There’s no limit to the number of partners one can include in a P3 agreement to help fund a bridge, Hargrave said, noting that the city could have their bridge sooner rather than later, and at a lessened cost due to partnerships with both different governments and private enterprise.

If you drive to Saskatoon … and you see the economic development going on in Saskatoon and Regina and southern Saskatchewan, and then you drive around Prince Albert you say, ‘Oh my gosh, we’re missing the boat. Joe Hargrave

“It’s not just about the city of Prince Albert, it’s about La Ronge, it’s about Candle Lake, Meath Park -- it’s about all of the municipalities on the other side of the bridge.”

Seniors is another focus of Hargrave’s Sask. Party nomination bid, with the prospective politician making his campaign announcement at the Mont St. Joseph Home on Monday morning.

“We’ve got to look after those people -- We can’t forget them just because they’re old,” he said. “These are the people who built this city, built this province, so they get very high respect from me and I believe that they’re front and centre. They have to be taken care of first.”

While Hargrave said that seniors done well under the Sask. Party, overall, more can always be done.

This is Hargrave’s first time running for public office.

Current Prince Albert Carlton MLA Darryl Hickie announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election during the next provincial election, and will instead return to the Prince Albert Police Service.

Click HERE for a story on Hickie's decision to not run in the next provincial election.

It’s expected that a Prince Albert Carlton Sask. Party candidate is selected in late September or early October.

Former city councillor Cheryl Ring announced her candidacy for the Prince Albert Carlton’s Sask. Party constituency nomination in May.

Ring’s campaign has been centred on youth, drawing from her experience as a mentor at Carlton Comprehensive Public High School.

Click HERE for a city on Cheryl Ring's campaign.

Ring was a city councillor for one three-year term beginning in 2009. She narrowly lost her Ward 5 seat to newcomer Tim Scharkowski in October, 2012. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, Sask. Party, Mont St. Joseph Home Carlton Comprehensive Public High School

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Regina, Southern Saskatchewan Porcupine Plain Melfort Saskatchewan North Saskatchewan River La Ronge Candle Lake Meath Park

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