He has been the Minister of Agriculture for the Government of Saskatchewan since 2012. But now, Lyle Stewart has decided it's time to step away and make his health a priority.
Stewart has announced he will be leaving his position as Agriculture Minister once a replacement has been found for the job. He made the decision to focus on his battle with cancer.
"I was recently diagnosed with colorectal cancer and will be undergoing several months of pretty aggressive treatment," said Stewart. "Agriculture is a very important portfolio in this province and it has been a tremendous honour to serve as Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Minister under two great Premiers over the past six years."
Despite making the choice to step down from his cabinet post, he will remain as MLA for Lumsden-Morse.
In the meantime, Premier Scott Moe plans to name Stewart's successor next week.
"First and foremost, Lyle Stewart is my friend, so the most important thing is for him to deal with his cancer," said Moe. "Everything else is secondary. Lyle has been a great Agriculture Minister and I want to thank him for everything he has done for the ag industry in our province."
Stewart has served as Agriculture Minister under both Brad Wall and Scott Moe's governments. He was first elected as an MLA in 1999 representing the Thunder Creek constituency until later changed to Lumsden-Morse.
He was named Minister of Enterprise and Innovation in 2007 as his first cabinet position.