Author coming to campus with behind-the-scenes story of the rise of the Saskatchewan Party

By Costa Maragos Posted: January 17, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Gail Krawetz, author of “Risk and Reward: The Birth and Meteoric Rise of the Saskatchewan Party,” recounts dramatic behind-the-scenes events that led to a new era in Saskatchewan politics.
Gail Krawetz, author of “Risk and Reward: The Birth and Meteoric Rise of the Saskatchewan Party,” recounts dramatic behind-the-scenes events that led to a new era in Saskatchewan politics. Photo courtesy of Matt Ramage Photography

The vote for a new leader of the Saskatchewan Party January 27 marks a new era for that party.

The winner will replace Brad Wall, who led the party to victory in 2007 and has remained firmly in power ever since.  
 
Gail Krawetz has had a close-up view of the rise of the Saskatchewan Party. She’s on campus Monday, January 22 at the Dr. John Archer Library to talk about her book Risk and Reward: The Birth and Meteoric Rise of the Saskatchewan Party. The lecture is part of the Library’s Beyond the Book Lecture Series.

“I decided to write Risk and Reward as there has not yet been any proper and accurate documentation of the events which unfolded and led to the creation of the Saskatchewan Party which prompted a significant shift in the political spectrum in the province,” says Krawetz. “I also felt I needed to do so while those who lived the story and engineered this remarkable feat could tell the pertinent and interesting behind-the-scenes details.”

Risk and Reward Book Cover
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Krawetz should know. Her husband, Ken Krawetz was one of the eight Liberal and Progressive Conservative MLAs who formed the Saskatchewan party in the mid-1990’s.  

Through this impressive political run, Ken Krawetz held prominent positions with the party, including Finance Minister and Deputy Premier. He retired from politics in 2016.

Gail Krawetz is a former high school history and English teacher. Following retirement, she has focussed on her writing. She writes a biweekly column for several local papers, has written articles for various magazines, and maintains a personal blog. She lives near Invermay, Saskatchewan. Risk and Reward is her first book.  
 
“I hope by reading this book people will realize the hard work and dedication that was undertaken by a handful of individuals who risked their political careers and personal reputations by deciding to take the province in a new direction,” says Krawetz. “These individuals were prepared to set aside personal ambitions and party affiliations because they believed the province would benefit and because they felt it was the best means to defeat the NDP.”

Krawetz takes the reader behind the scenes.

“It was a profound risk given that they had no money, no guaranteed party status, no members and no constituency associations, but they felt it was the right thing to do,” says Krawetz. “The book pulls back the curtain and provides an insider view of the secret meetings and machinations that resulted in the birth of a new party which quickly gained a groundswell of support.”

Krawetz will share stories from the book and take questions from the audience. Her husband Ken Krawetz will also be on hand. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Event:    Beyond the Book Lecture Series
Guest:    Gail Krawetz
Date:      Monday, January 22
Time:      7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Dr. John Archer Library Room - Main Campus
For more information please contact Robert Thomas at 306-585-4398 or robert.thomas@uregina.ca