As Scott Moe gets set to become Saskatchewan’s 15th premier following his historic win during Saturday’s Saskatchewan Party leadership race, one local MLA says he is excited about the future of the province under Moe’s tutelage.
Battlefords MLA Herb Cox took part in the Sask Party Leadership Convention in Saskatoon and said it was everything he expected and maybe more.
“It was pretty exciting with tremendous energy in the building,” Cox said. “It was my first contested leadership race that I had been a party of and it was a lot of fun.”
It was a long day for the party faithful as the voting came down to a fifth ballot with the former Environment and Rosthern-Shellbrook MLA Moe narrowly edging Alanna Koch for the leadership of the Sask. Party to become premier designate.
“We knew that the voting was going to be very close because each candidate was very strong,” Cox added. “They had a lot of the same views but some had different policies and I think that’s what made the decision tough for the membership to choose.”
Cox said the Sask. Party and the province are in very capable hands as he has come to know the newly elected premier very well over the years.
“Scott (Moe) and I were elected together in 2011,” he said. “He held the environment portfolio before I did and he was always there to give me advice when needed and we have sat on a number of committees together as well.
“The great thing about Scott is that he has a rural background and a business background so he can communicate with people on many different levels,” Cox said. “He is very energetic, very intelligent and a gentleman who is very approachable as well.”
The veteran MLA said he was able to congratulate the premier-elect on Saturday and followed up with a text on Sunday.
“I messaged him and said I was happy to be working on his team and wanted him to know that I am available to help out in any way I can,” he added.
Scott Moe is expected to be sworn in as premier of Saskatchewan in the next few days.
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