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Moe cautions Saskatchewan Party members over texts to legislature Speaker

REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he has cautioned his caucus about texting the Speaker after his finance minister landed in hot water for doing so.

Moe says he has told Saskatchewan Party members that messages to Speaker Randy Weekes can have consequences and has instructed them to govern their actions accordingly.

Finance Minister Donna Harpauer texted Weekes during legislature proceedings earlier this week to complain that government members can’t push back during debate and said the house was turning into an “Opposition puppet show.”

Weekes, who is a member of the governing caucus but must be impartial, demanded an apology from Harpauer and said he has also received hundreds of texts from government house leader Jeremy Harrison and deputy government house leader Lori Carr. 

Moe says he didn’t scold the members and wouldn’t say whether Harpaurer’s text was inappropriate. 

Opposition NDP ethics critic Meara Conway says Harpauer’s text crossed the line by appearing to pressure and criticize the Speaker. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 16, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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