Premier Brad Wall spoke to the media for the first time on Monday following former Deputy Premier Don McMorris’ resignation after an impaired driving charge.
Don McMorris revealed on Saturday that he had received an impaired driving charge on Friday. McMorris says he was pulled over by White City as he was coming back from the lake near Fort Qu’Appelle.
In a news conference on Monday, Premier Brad Wall said McMorris was driving a government vehicle.
“I’m very disappointed. This was a terrible decision that he made,” Premier Wall said, and added there is never a good reason to drink and drive.
“There’s no circumstance where you can rationalize this decision. Even if you think ‘Well I’ve only had a couple’. Not on a grid road back from a small town hotel, not on a town street, not on a city street, not on a highway or in a construction zone. There’s just nowhere where you can rationalize this,” said Wall.
Saskatchewan has the worst record for impaired driving numbers in Canada, but Wall says the government has worked towards fixing the drinking and driving problem in Saskatchewan through awareness and tougher laws.
The Provincial NDP say McMorris made the right move with his resignation and are glad to see he’s taking this charge seriously.
“We’re hoping that the government will take this seriously as well and will take this opportunity to really look at the issue of drinking and driving in the province,” said Nicole Sarauer, MLA for Regina Douglas Park.
Jim Reiter will now serve as interim Minister responsible for the Crown Investment Corporation, SGI, SGLA and the Public Service Commission.
Premier Wall says he will not name a new Deputy Premier until a cabinet shuffle later this month.