The new minister of Agriculture in Saskatchewan is David Marit.
Premier Scott Moe named Marit to replace Lyle Stewart, who is stepping down to battle cancer.
Premier Moe said despite rumoured bad blood between Marit and SARM, he believes Marit is the right person for the job.
“Anytime you are achieving and accomplishing issues on behalf of people you represent, whether that be at municipal levels of government or whether that be at the provincial levels of government, you are going to have discussions where there are discussions of disagreement no doubt,” Moe said. “We’ve had those with stakeholders as a government.”
Marit is a past president of the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.
Marit moves from the Highways ministry, which will be taken over by MLA Lori Carr.
Marit said Carr will do great work for the sector.
“I feel good about the work that I’ve had the privilege of doing with the ministry of highways over the last couple of years, and some of the good things we’ve done, and changes we’ve made,” Marit said. “Lori (Carr) will do a great job as minister of highways, she will do a fantastic job, and very deserving of that position.”
Deputy Premier Gordon Wyant remains minister of Education with added responsibility for SaskBuilds.
Premier Moe also announced Lisa Lambert becomes Government Deputy Whip.