Premier of Saskatchewan
Premier ministre de la Saskatchewan
Scott Moe
since February 2, 2018
Office of the Premier
StatusHead of Government
Member of
Reports to
SeatLegislative Building, Regina
AppointerLieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
with the confidence of the Saskatchewan Legislature
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the legislative assembly
FormationSeptember 12, 1905[1]
First holderThomas Walter Scott
DeputyDonna Harpauer
Salary$173,885: Member's indemnity of $100,668 plus additional allowance of $73,217[2]
WebsiteOffice of the Premier

The premier of Saskatchewan is the first minister and head of government for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.[3] The current premier of Saskatchewan is Scott Moe, who was sworn in as premier on February 2, 2018, after winning the 2018 Saskatchewan Party leadership election. The first premier of Saskatchewan was Liberal Thomas Walter Scott, who served from 1905 to 1916.[4] Since Saskatchewan was created as a province in 1905, 15 individuals have served as premier.

Legal status

Although the premier is the day-to-day leader of the provincial government, they receive the authority to govern from the Crown, represented in Saskatchewan by the lieutenant governor. Formally, the executive branch of government in Saskatchewan is said to be vested in the lieutenant governor acting by and with the advice of the premier. The executive branch of the Saskatchewan government consists of the premier, the lieutenant governor, the Cabinet and the Public Service.[5]

The political party that wins the largest number of seats in a general election is usually invited by the lieutenant governor to form the government. The governing party's leader becomes the head of the provincial government and is known as the premier. The position of premier is not described in Canadian constitutional statutes. Instead, the position’s power and authority largely depend on their relationship with other members of the Legislative Assembly, political party, and the public.

Formal responsibilities

The premier's responsibilities are varied. They serve as president of the Executive Council and head of the provincial Cabinet. The Executive Council is the formal name of the Cabinet when it is acting in its legal capacity, as well as the head of the provincial government. The premier is a leader concerning the development and implementation of government policies, as well as communicating and coordinating priorities within the province as well as within the country. In addition to the political duties with the province of Saskatchewan, the premier is also the leader of one of the province's main political parties and represents their constituency in the Legislative Assembly.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Saskatchewan Archives Board. "Ministries" (PDF). Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Premier". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  4. ^ "Premiers of Saskatchewan". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  5. ^ "The Crown in Saskatchewan". Government of Saskatchewan. Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2013-12-03.