Four Liberals and four Conservatives joined to form the Saskatchewan Party.
Political historian and former lieutenant governor Gordon Barnhart is writing a book about the events that led to the new party.
Barnhart says there were some in the media who thought the new party would never last.
But he says there was a personal chemistry among the founders who thought they could work well together.
The party not only stayed together, but has formed government since 2007.Suggest a correction