The Estevan Chamber of Commerce was keeping a close eye on the leadership race for the next premier of Saskatchewan, and now that Scott Moe has been announced as the winner, they are looking forward to addressing the concerns of the southeast.
"Scott Moe is a fine supporter of carbon capture," shared Jackie Wall, Executive director of the Estevan Chamber of Commerce. "He is also going to walk the same line as the former premier as far as the carbon tax. So those are very encouraging."
"I think the main thing the Chamber was looking for, we weren't necessarily backing any specific candidate, we were really taking a look at the issues that they were going to support. We really felt that he had a good alignment with what the Chamber has been working for when they came for our luncheon in December. So it was good to see."
Scott Moe also made an appearance at the Chamber's Carbon Capture Summit in Estevan while he was the Minister of Environment.
"That was back in May, that was the first time that I met him and spoke to him. He's been in politics for a long time, he's very quick on his feet. He's also quite a great speaker, very well versed in all areas of government so I think that experience will really take the province far."
Wall adds that Chamber is looking forward to working with the new premier.
"There are some Saskatchewan Chamber events that are coming up in the next little while and I'm sure he will make a point of attending those if he can, the former premier did. We're just watching things very closely. We have close ties to the Sask Chamber, they are always up at the Legislature and talking to politicians and we get a lot of back and forth from the Sask Chamber on different topics."
"The Chamber was very appreciative to all of the candidates. They all ran a very fine race. I think our province would have been handled with the expert care and we were very appreciative of them attending our luncheon and specifically speaking to the issue that are important to Estevan and area."
"We do really think that Scott Moe is on board in a lot of the areas that the Chamber is supporting so we will have to see how that will continue and we look forward to working with him."