Members of the Saskatchewan Party have voted.
Rosthern-Shellbrook MLA Scott Moe has been elected new leader of the Sask. Party, and Premier-designate, after collecting 53.7 per cent of the vote among members.
Through the first three rounds of tallying votes, Moe and fellow candidate Alanna Koch were neck-and-neck for first place, by tenths of percentage points, before Moe took the lead in the fourth round, and never looked back.
He is replacing Brad Wall, who is retiring after 10 years as Premier of Saskatchewan and 14 years as leader of the party.
The Sask. Party leadership convention was held at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon on Saturday (Jan. 27).
Moe has been an MLA since 2011, and prior to throwing his name into the hat for the leadership, he was in charge of the Advanced Education and Environment portfolios.
During the campaign, Moe says he’s committed to balancing the provincial budget by 2019, bring back PST exemptions on crop, life and health insurance and invest an additional $30-million dollars into education.
Moe also has a goal of raising the population of the land of living skies to 1.5 million people by 2030.
Moe believes the Trudeau government has not given the provinces enough time to have everything in place by July 1, 2018 when marijuana is legalized.
Along with Koch, three other candidates were in the running: Gord Wyant, Ken Cheveldayoff, and Tina Beaudry-Mellor. Rob Clarke, who dropped out early on in the campaign, was still a nominated candidate, but was eliminated in the first round of counting votes with 0.28 per cent.