On Sunday morning, Scott Moe will head to Regina to start planning for this year’s budget.

But the new leader of the Saskatchewan Party has something else to take care of first.

“Tomorrow morning, my first priority will be to have breakfast with my family, and then we’ll get on the road and head to Regina. And that is a huge priority for me, by the way,” Moe told reporters following his win at the party’s leadership convention in Saskatoon on Saturday.

“So we’ll get some information on precisely where that is and we’ll move forward with some of the commitments that we had in this campaign and start getting that ready for release in this spring “

Moe’s leadership campaign platform included spending $30 million to hire 400 educational assistants, reinstating the PST exemption on crop, life and health insurance, and replacing the Ministry of Economy with a Ministry of International Trade and Exports.

The 44 year-old MLA for Rosthern-Shellbrook defeated Alanna Koch on the fifth ballot at the Sask Party leadership convention in Saskatoon on Saturday with 53.87 per cent of the 14,989 votes cast.

Ken Cheveldayoff, who led the candidates in fundraising with $276,547, was eliminated on the second last ballot. Gord Wyant had been knocked out the ballot before that.

The outcome shocked voter Beverly Foote of Lloydminster. She had supported Gord Wyant, and thought perhaps he was disadvantaged by having to speak first on the convention program.

And even though nobody can replace outgoing Premier Brad Wall, as far as she’s concerned, she was impressed with Moe’s victory speech.

“I didn’t know a thing about him, because we’re from Lloydminster, so we’re a little ways away. I was impressed with his presentation. Probably I shouldn’t say he wasn’t one of my choices but you know, I think he’ll do a great job.”

She’s concerned about the “terrible” and “frightening” rural crime in her area, seniors health care and the carbon tax.

In his victory speech, Moe took aim at the federal Liberal government over this year’s planned carbon tax, echoing the famous words of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s father.

“The federal carbon tax threatens the livelihood of every farmer, every miner, every worker in the energy sector. I will fight for this province, I will fight for our economy to ensure we do not have a carbon tax.

“And Justin Trudeau, if you’re wondering how far I will go - just watch me.”

In this case, Moe vows a court challenge to the tax. He also wants recognition of his government's made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan, both from the federal government and international customers.

However he’ll still work with the federal government on issues such as trade and infrastructure funding, he said.

“We do have some differences of opinion from time to time but they are our federal government and we work very closely with them,” Moe told reporters.


More Local News

Autism Funding Comes Up Short

With the recently released budget, the provincial government bumped the number of funding families with children with autism under the age of six receive. The funding is being increased from $4,000 a…

Envision Counseling Get's A Boost With Budget

In the 2019-20 Provincial Budget, it will include a strong focus on mental health. Funding for targeted mental health and addictions initiatives ins increasing by nearly $30 million in this budget to…

C.U.P.E Not Happy With The Provincial Budget

With the provincial budget released on Wednesday, there were cheers and boos from all corners of the province, one group that has almost nothing good to say about the budget is the Canadian Union of…

EPS Deal With Multiple Calls Last Night

The Estevan Police Service had another steady night last night with issues ranging from assault to theft there was no shortage of work for the boys in blue. Sgt. Tyler McMillan gave us some of the…

The EPS Make One Arrest for Assault Last Night

The Estevan Police Service was busy making the rounds last night, The intense hockey game kept most peoples attention for the night however there were a few incidents of note. Sgt.Tyler McMillan.…

Saskatchewan's Population On The Rise

The population in Saskatchewan is on the rise and has been since at least 2007. The population grew by 11,459 people in 2018 to 1,168,423 according to new figures released by Statistics Canada. The…

100 Kids Who Care Growing In Popularity

100 Kids Who Care are stronger together and the children are making a big impact right here in our community. Brooke Spagrud with how the last meeting went, "We had 39 to 40 kids, but one thing we…

Southeast College Holding Speed Networking Event For Students And Business Leaders

The Southeast College is trying something new and holding a speed networking event here in the energy city. It's being billed as an opportunity to meet with local business leaders and work on their…

Rafferty Rumble Gearing Up For Exciting Summer

The Rafferty Rumble is gearing up for a summer of excitement and entertainment. Josh LeBlanc Head Organizer of the Rafferty Rumble, "The Rafferty Rumble will take place from July 26th to the 28th,…

Sidhu Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

Families and friends of the Broncos, most adorned in Broncos jerseys bearing their family names, gathered once again in the makeshift courtroom at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort to learn the fate…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide