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Former Sask. ag minister won’t run again

Clay Serby, Saskatchewan’s deputy premier and former minister of agriculture (2000-04) announced today he won’t seek re-election.

Serby will continue as MLA for Yorkton until Premier Lorne Calvert calls an election, as many observers expect will happen soon. Serby still serves as deputy premier and handles the Saskatchewan Property Management portfolio, and no announcement has yet been made to replace him at either post.

In a statement, Serby said he has “decided not to seek re-election due to my health.” He did not specify his condition, but it’s well known he was diagnosed with cancer about three years ago and underwent chemotherapy. He was replaced in 2004 by Mark Wartman, the current ag minister.

Serby was first elected in the NDP’s electoral sweep in 1991, and served in several cabinet posts from 1995 onward including highways, municipal affairs and rural development. Calvert named him as deputy premier in 2001.

Serby managed a non-profit social services agency and was a Yorkton city alderman before running for provincial office. He also farms with his brother at nearby Theodore.

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