09/14/2011 07:46 EDT | Updated 01/12/2012 02:20 EST

Saskatchewan premier's luncheon speech covers some election issues

SASKATOON - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall gave a campaign-like speech to a business luncheon in Saskatoon rather than making an economic announcement.

More than 500 people came out to hear the premier speak.

He spoke mostly about Saskatchewan's future, and specifically that of Saskatoon if his government is re-elected on Nov. 7.

Wall said he'll work to speed up the timeline for the city's north bridge, which is currently projected at 15 years.

He also reacted to President Barack Obama's proposed bill aimed at creating American jobs by restricting trade with Canada.

Wall said Canada has to guard against the kind of protectionism because it would shut out Canadian-made iron and steel.