05/29/2015 11:21 EDT | Updated 05/29/2016 05:59 EDT

Saskatchewan premier uses annual dinner to stump for support in next election

REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says voters in the next provincial election will have to make a decision about what direction they want the province to take.

Wall made the comment last night during an election campaign-style address to more than 2,000 people who turned out for his annual premier's dinner in Regina.

Touting the record of his Saskatchewan Party government, the premier told the crowd that despite slumping oil prices, Saskatchewan's economy remains strong.

He says his government has set up an economic climate to attract people from other provinces, and has contacted companies about moving to Saskatchewan to take advantage of new budget incentives.

Wall admits some issues, such as highway construction, need more attention, but he believes a case can be made that his government has made progress since coming to office.

It's expected an election will be called next spring.

Wall later told reporters that he wants to set the tone before people go into the voting booth.

"At election time, it's choice. It's not a referendum. In this case, it will be a choice between two parties and we want to set up that choice."

At the conclusion of the spring sitting of the legislature earlier this month, NDP Leader Cam Broten said the Opposition raised a number of economic issues, including procurement policy and energy diversification.

He also said the government isn't taking seniors care seriously after a report found that the long-term care system has gaps and is strained. (CKRM, The Canadian Press)