08/08/2012 02:07 EDT | Updated 10/08/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan Party marks anniversary that changed province's political landscape

SASKATOON - It was 15 years ago today that the political landscape in Saskatchewan changed when a new party was created to challenge the governing NDP.

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.