The city of Melfort will go down in history as the first official stop outside the legislature for new premier Scott Moe.
Just hours after he was sworn in as the 15th premier of Saskatchewan, the Rosthern - Shellbrook MLA stopped in the city.
Moe accompanied Todd Goudy, the Saskatchewan Party candidate in the upcoming byelection, at his campaign kick-off.
Moe said the Melfort constituency "has had great representation since the formation of the SaskParty."
"It’s very important, that’s why I’m here and that’s why I will be back," he added.
Moe addressed a crowd of Goudy supporters at the Melfort mall. Goudy’s campaign office is in the same office space that housed Kevin Phillips’ headquarters during his tenure before his sudden passing. Moe said Goudy’s relationship with Phillips makes him a suitable candidate.
“He treated him with great respect. For me, that was very visible when I saw the relationship he had with my friend, Kevin,” Moe said.
Moe stood his ground on the party’s plan to oppose a federal carbon tax and briefly mentioned the common concerns facing rural Saskatchewan in the areas of healthcare and infrastructure.
Goudy said having Moe at the announcement was "pretty exciting."
"I am humbled to have him come,” he added.
Following the event, Goudy and Moe planned to door knock to lock down support in the race against NDP hopeful Lorne Schroeder.
The Liberals haven’t named a candidate in the March 1 byelection but have expressed interest in running a candidate.
Following work on the campaign trail, Moe took in part of the Melfort Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks game at the Northern Lights Palace.
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