Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe made an announcement today (Thurs).
He named Cam Swan as new Deputy Minister to the Premier, replacing Kent Campbell who served on an interim basis since August of 2017.
Swan has worked previously as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister to the Premier, Deputy Minister of Environment, Chair of the Public Service Commission and General Manager of Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation.
Moe regards Swan as a person “who builds bridges as opposed to blowing them up”, as he has a “reputation as a hardworking and respected civil servant”.
“I think that’s precisely what we need to be in the Premier’s Office and in the leadership of the government at this point in time,” Moe stated. “(And) to ensure that we are working as collaboratively as we can – both internally and externally with other provinces and other nations.”
Moe and Swan have worked together in the past, when both were in the Ministry of Environment.
Moe says Swan will be helping him on a number of provincial initiatives.
“It will be serving the people on what we heard over the last year; the core items that people expect their provincial government to provide,” he said. “We have work to do in education, we have to continue to work in health care.”
Nationally, Moe says Swan will be assisting him on issues such as the carbon tax and competitiveness with other provinces.
Meanwhile, Swan says he’s not nervous in stepping into the top public servant role but is excited.
“I wouldn’t say hesitancy or trepidation, I mean always when you do something new you wonder how it’s going to play out,” he pointed out. “I can go through my entire career and there’s various stages along the way where I’ve wondered, ’cause I’ve moved around a fair bit.”
“I’m very excited to take it on and quite frankly I’m even honoured to be considered for the role.”
Monday (July 16) is his first official day on the job.
He hopes with his appointment comes stability.
“I’m hoping that with me moving into this position, a lot of people know me, for better or worse, so familiarity I think will (bring) hopefully a little bit of comfort from that perspective.”
There was some additional changes to senior leadership of Saskatchewan’s Public Service.
Kent Campbell, the man Swan replaced, is now Deputy Minister of Trade and Export; Wes Jickling is appointed Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs while keeping his responsibilities as CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan; Clare Isman is appointed President and CEO of SLGA. These appointments are official July 16 as well.