Corey Tochor elected as Conservative Party nominee for Saskatoon-University riding

Former Saskatchewan Speaker of the House, Corey Tochor, has been nominated by Conservative Party members to run for MP in the federal Saskatoon-University riding.

Tochor is the former Saskatchewan Speaker of the House

Sask. Party MLA Corey Tochor has beat out current Saskatoon-University MP Brad Trost for the federal Conservative Party nomination. (CBC)

The Conservative Party of Canada has elected Corey Tochor as nominee for the contested Saskatoon-University riding. 

Tochor, former Saskatchewan Speaker of the House and current MLA for Saskatoon-Eastview, was up against current MP Brad Trost and Saskatoon businessman Brad Redekkopp.

Nomination hard to predict

Daniel Beland, professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, says it was a tough nomination to predict, especially between the two veteran politicians.

"Corey Tochor is a really well known in Saskatoon because of his credentials as a provincial MLA in Saskatoon-Eastview," said Beland.

At the same time, Beland says Trost is a controversial MP who has gained and lost support since he ran for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada in 2017.

"He's someone who is perceived on the right of the spectrum within the conservative party," said Beland.

"He's someone who is very vocal in terms of his opposition to abortion, and also his opposition to same sex marriage, so this has created some, I would say pushback from some conservatives who maybe are closer to the centre." 

However, Beland says Trost still has a lot of supporters.

"Brad Trost, of course, has also a strong base and people really really like him and will certainly vote for him and have campaigned for him in the past," said Beland.

Trost will stay on as Saskatoon-University MP until the federal election in 2019, but Tochor will be the Conservative Party candidate for the riding when the election begins.