It was the beginning of a new era in Saskatchewan Politics, as Scott Moe became the 15th Premier of the Province.
Moe defeated Alanna Koch on the final ballot by a slim margin, capturing 53.87% of the final vote.
During his victory speech, Moe called out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he will do anything to prevent a carbon tax federally imposed on Saskatchewan.
Moe says his view on the carbon tax will not be changed.
“We’ve always indicated we’re fully prepared to take any imposition of a carbon tax to court if necessary,” Moe says. “Prior to even being there, we have a great
story to tell here in the province of Saskatchewan about the sustainable nature in which we do provide our exports to the rest of the world. That conversation started with the release of our ‘Made in Saskatchewan Climate Change Plan’ the other day.”
Moe says all of the candidates will be able to put this race behind them and work towards improving Saskatchewan.
“Any leadership race such as this is going to have some edge of competitiveness, if you will, and this was no different,” Moe says. “We had great participation across the province by 27,000 members, purchasing memberships. We’ve been an united party, we worked together prior this process, and we will be working together after.”
NDP interim-leader Nicole Sarauer responded to the news of Scott Moe’s win by congratulating the new premier, then saying despite the change in leadership it will continue to mean bad mismanagement and cruel funding cuts.
Before the Leadership convention, Moe had the support of 22 MLA’s, the most of any candidate in the leadership race.