Scott Moe

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The Honourable
Scott Moe
Scott Moe (cropped).jpg
15th Premier of Saskatchewan
Assumed office
February 2, 2018
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Schofield
W. Thomas Molloy
Preceded by Brad Wall
Leader of the Saskatchewan Party
Assumed office
January 27, 2018
Preceded by Brad Wall
Member of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly
for Rosthern-Shellbrook
Assumed office
November 7, 2011
Preceded by Denis Allchurch
Personal details
Born 1973/1974 (age 44–45)[1]
near Shellbrook, Saskatchewan
Political party Saskatchewan Party, Conservative Party of Canada
Residence Shellbrook, Saskatchewan
Portfolio Minister of the Environment (2016-2017)
Minister of Advanced Education (2014-2016)

Scott Moe (born c. 1973) is a Canadian politician who is the 15th and current Premier of Saskatchewan, in office since February 2018. He is a member of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan for the riding of Rosthern-Shellbrook. He served in the executive council of Brad Wall as Minister of Advanced Education from 2014 to 2016 and then as Minister of the Environment from 2016 to 2017, after which he resigned to launch his campaign for the leadership of the Saskatchewan Party.[2]

Early life

Moe was born on a farm near Shellbrook. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He later worked in various community initiatives in and near Shellbrook, including the Economic Development Corporation, and the Shellbrook and District Physician Recruitment committee, which seeks to attract general practitioners to rural areas of the province which do not have good access to local medical facilities.[2]

In 1992, Moe was convicted of drunk driving.[3] In 1997, he caused[clarification needed] the death of one person in a highway traffic incident for which he was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention. While alcohol was not a factor, he claims he cannot recall the incident.[4]

In the mid-1990s, while still attending university, Moe and his wife established a farming business, buying equipment and renting land. By the early 2000s, he had filed for bankruptcy with $208,500 in assets and $320,900 in liabilities.[5]

Political career

Moe was first elected to parliament in the 2011 election, and re-elected in the 2016 election[6][7][8] as a Saskatchewan Party MLA. On January 27, 2018, he was elected the new leader of the Saskatchewan Party. He was sworn in as premier on February 2, 2018.

During his campaign to replace outgoing premier Brad Wall, Moe stated that he does not support abortion, and that he would want to open a discussion to require mandated parental notification for minors seeking abortions.[9]

While he was Minister of the Environment and responsible for the Water Security Agency, Moe met with a fellow Saskatchewan Party Member of the Legislative Assembly, Bill Boyd, regarding Boyd's personal irrigation projects. The projects were reviewed by Moe, and later found to have illegally cultivated protected grasslands and involved building irrigation infrastructure into a river without obtaining the proper licensing permits. Regarding the process, Moe commented that "There was a failure in following the law."[10] When asked about specifics of the meeting with Boyd, such as where it was, when it was, who all attended, if there was a record of the meeting, or how it came about, Moe said he could not recall or did not know.[11] Boyd was removed from the Saskatchewan Party caucus by then-premier Brad Wall over the matter, and eventually resigned his position as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

Electoral history

2016 Saskatchewan general election

Saskatchewan general election, 2016: Rosthern-Shellbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Scott Moe 4,689
New Democratic Rose Freeman 1,278
Liberal Orrin Murray Greyeyes 462
Green Jade Duckett 119
Total valid votes 100.0  
Eligible voters
Saskatchewan hold Swing -
Source: Elections Saskatchewan,[12] CBC News.[13]

2011 Saskatchewan general election

Saskatchewan general election, 2011: Rosthern-Shellbrook
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Saskatchewan Scott Moe 4,442 65.06 +7.56
New Democratic Clay DeBray 2,174 31.84 -3.67
Green Margaret-Rose Uvery 212 3.10 +0.83
Total valid votes 6,828 100.0  
Eligible voters
Saskatchewan hold Swing +5.62%

Cabinet positions

Saskatchewan Provincial Government of Brad Wall
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Herb Cox
Ken Cheveldayoff
Minister of the Environment
August 23, 2016–August 28, 2017
Dustin Duncan
Kevin Doherty Minister of Advanced Education
May 21, 2015–August 23, 2016
Bronwyn Eyre


  1. ^ "No carbon tax but Saskatchewan's next premier needs to work with Ottawa on trade". National Post. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  2. ^ a b "Honourable Scott Moe". Cabinet, Ministries, Agencies, and Other Governments. Government of Saskatchewan. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Political leaders defend five candidates with DUI charges". Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 14, 2016.
  4. ^ "Scott Moe says 1997 collision that left 1 person dead has shaped his life, career". CBC News, September 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Premier Scott Moe filed for bankruptcy after family farm business became insolvent". Saskatoon Star Phoenix, March 27, 2018.
  6. ^ McElroy, Justin (5 April 2016). "Saskatchewan election results 2016: Sask. Party wins Rosthern-Shellbrook riding". Global News. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Scott Moe". Retrieved 2018-05-14. 
  8. ^ "First time MLA Scott Moe not taking win for granted". Prince Albert Now, November 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "Saskatchewan Party leadership candidate opposes abortion for rape victims". Global News, November 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Premier Moe reviewed Bill Boyd's irrigation project, later declared illegal, sometime in 2017". CBC News, April 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Premier says he doesn't recall many details of meeting with former MLA Bill Boyd over irrigation project". CBC News, May 15, 2018.
  12. ^ "Register of Official Candidates by Constituency - March 19 - FINAL" (PDF). Elections Saskatchewan. 19 March 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  13. ^ McElroy, Justin (5 April 2018). "Saskatchewan election results 2018: Sask. Party wins Rosthern-Shellbrook riding". Global News. Retrieved 5 April 2018. 

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