Scott Moe’s first bear pit session as Premier included questions about mental health and addictions in northern communities, revenue sharing with marijuana legalization and needing help with the expense of decommissioning landfills.
Moe began the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association bear pit session which included his Cabinet Ministers with a comment about the Gerald Stanley second degree murder trial in the death of Colten Boushie with closing arguments beginning tomorrow (Thurs).
He cautioned everyone to be judicial in responses and comments, particularly on social media, no matter what the outcome of the trial.
He realizes everyone is entitled to an opinion, but hopes people will take into consideration they are responsible for their thoughts, actions and comments.
Moe says Saskatchewan is strongest when communities work together.
The first question from delegates was from a representative of Ile a la Crosse who asked the Rural and Remote Health Minister about what more can be done to help northern communities, considering the continuing high rate of child suicide.
Greg Ottenbreit admitted he didn’t have a specific answer and that up to this point the government response had been more reactionary than preventative.
Premier Moe pointed out that many people talked to him about concerns with mental health and addictions while he was campaigning for the SaskParty leadership.
He says the ten year health and addictions plan needs to move forward and more communication is needed with northern communities.