As the new session of the Saskatchewan Legislature gets underway, a professor of Political Science at the University of Regina says both Scott Moe and Ryan Meili are under a great deal of pressure.
Tom McIntosh noted both men may have been elected by their parties to lead them, but they weren’t elected by Saskatchewan people.
Therefore, they need to prove to everyone they can handle the demands of the position they’ve been elected to.
“I think they’re both in a position where they both need to establish themselves and define themselves,” he said.
Another thing McIntosh notes both men need to do is handle themselves carefully when each side of the aisle starts firing off salvos.
This is especially the case for Moe, as McIntosh says being the new guy, Moe needs to demonstrate he’s the leader of the party and province and not someone stuck in the shadow of Brad Wall.
“I think it will matter the longer he’s in office,” noted McIntosh. “Right now, if he were to call a really early election, there would still be a lot of ‘This is Brad Wall’s government without Brad Wall.'”
As for Meili, McIntosh said what he needs to is quite simple: Establish himself as a leader and legislator firmly and quickly.
He says if he fails to do that, the Saskatchewan Party is more than happy to paint Meili into a corner and do it for him.