Gord Wyant was born and raised in Saskatchewan, built his career and raised his family here. He entered public service as a way to give back to his community and home province.
His parents originally settled in Saskatoon in the 1950s when his father was offered the role as the first head of the Department of Anaesthesia at the newly opened University Hospital. Gord is proud of his father’s career, most notably his involvement in the first kidney retransplant in Canada but is particularly proud of his father’s service in the armed forces.
Growing up in Saskatoon, Gord got his first job at the old BA Gas Station on 8th Street when he was 14. The job allowed him to save up enough money to buy his first motorcycle, a 400 Yamaha Enduro for his 16th birthday. Gord remains an avid motorcycle and classic car owner and enthusiast to this day.
Gord paid his way through university by spinning records as a DJ at the campus bar, Louis'. He even worked as a bouncer a couple nights a week where he quickly learned how to defuse any situation! Gord pursued his post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours and then completed his law degree.
After university, he joined the law firm of McKercher LLP, where he eventually became partner.
Gord had many highlights throughout his career as a lawyer but one he is most proud of was assisting a major Saskatchewan business with their listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. His experiences at McKercher gave him a strong appreciation for the issues of importance to business owners in the province.
Gord entered public service as a trustee for the Saskatoon Public School Board (serving two years as chair) where he worked diligently to keep the costs of the new school board office under control. Gord also served on Saskatoon City Council for seven years and is proud of the work council did that has helped Saskatoon become the world class destination it is today.
First elected as MLA for Saskatoon Northwest in a 2010 by-election, then re-elected in 2011 and 2016, Gord has served as Deputy House Leader, as well as Minister of Justice and Attorney General. While in cabinet he shepherded through important legislation including changes to the Human Right’s Code, legislation to help renters fleeing family violence and the construction of the province’s first publicly funded women’s shelter since 1989, located in Melfort.
Gord and his wife Christine Hrudka have four adult children and one grand-daughter. In addition to his family, Gord enjoys writing, skiing and vintage cars and motorcycling. He is also the proud recipient of the Sterling Writing Award for non-fiction, awarded in 1999. Gord is a dog lover, and dearly misses the family’s two dogs, DOG and Winston, who passed last year. He carries their name tags on his key chain.
Gord’s life experiences have taught him about the importance of listening in order to build policy that meets the needs of the people. The lessons he has learned throughout his 17 years of public service, decades of practicing law and a lifetime of being a Saskatchewanian are what make him an outstanding MLA for Saskatoon Northwest and a thoughtful, decisive and competent cabinet minister.
Gord has the strength to lead Saskatchewan as Premier. He is committed to maintaining our continued economic success, returning the government’s budget to balance and ensuring the government is able to offer the public services and supports so that Saskatchewan continues to be the best place in Canada to live, work and raise a family.