Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is 13th man in new deck of cards
Brad Wall tops current premiers in new think tank ranking
Saskatchewan's premier may not be jacked up about the news, but Brad Wall is now featured in an unusual new compilation of the country's premiers — a deck of cards.
Wall finds himself on the jack of spades, ranked 13th out of the 80 premiers who have governed in the past three decades. He has the highest ranking of any current premier, whereas Ontario's Kathleen Wynne is ranked the lowest.
This is the first study released by the Vancouver-based think tank Aha!, which found former Ontario premier Mike Harris to be the best premier in Canada and Quebec's Pauline Marois to be the worst.
In a news release, the co-author of the study and CEO of the group, Mark Mullins said, "We ranked Canadian premiers using 11 fiscal and economic outcomes, such as job growth, balanced budgets, and business investment."
The study suggests that over the past three decades in Canada, provincial premiers who are "small-c conservative" have achieved more than those of other political affiliations.
Other Saskatchewan premiers are also represented in the unusual deck. Former NDP premier Lorne Calvert is ranked 20th, his predecessor Roy Romanow 26th and former Progressive Conservative premier Grant Devine is ranked 52nd out of the 80 premiers since 1981.
On Twitter, Wall and a few others joked about the news -- one even employing a favourite folksy pejorative of Wall's, calling the premier the "jackwagon of spades".
You can get your own free deck of cards here.
<a href="https://twitter.com/PremierBradWall">@PremierBradWall</a> The 13th Man👌—@XFKEV
<a href="https://twitter.com/PremierBradWall">@PremierBradWall</a> The Jackwagon of Spades 😝—@meatwagon_