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.