Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart has announced he will be stepping down from cabinet in order to focus on his battle with cancer.
Stewart will continue to represent Lumsden-Morse in the Legislative Assembly.
“I was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer and will be undergoing several months of pretty aggressive treatment,” Stewart said in a news release. “Agriculture is a very important portfolio in this province and it has been a tremendous honour to serve as Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister under two great premiers over the past six years. However, given my current circumstances, I didn’t feel I would be able to give that position the attention it deserved, so I have asked Premier Moe to appoint a new minister.”
In a statement, Premier Scott Moe expressed sadness to lose Stewart from the position but added that his primary concern is for his health.
“First and foremost, Lyle Stewart is my friend, so the most important thing is for him to deal with his cancer,” Moe said in a news release. “Everything else is secondary. Lyle has been a great Agriculture Minister and I want to thank him for everything he has done for the ag industry in our province.”
The premier is expected to name a replacement agriculture minister next week.
Stewart was born and raised in Pense, where he continues to farm with his wife and son. He was one of the first members of the Saskatchewan Party and was originally elected in 1999.