Scott Moe’s million-dollar Dubai trip not as advertised

Guelph U, Calgary law firm, Newfoundland Gov’t part of Moe’s not-so-Saskatchewan COP28 delegation

REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Jobs and Economy Critic Aleana Young and Environment Critic Jared Clarke responded to new details about Premier Scott Moe’s COP28 delegation. Barely half of the delegation are Saskatchewan organizations.

“Scott Moe’s trip to Dubai is not as advertised,” said Young. “The Premier justified this $765,000 event space as an opportunity to sell Saskatchewan's story to overseas investors. I think a lot of people are now scratching their heads wondering how footing the bill to promote the University of Guelph or some big-name Calgary law firm will help us sell more Saskatchewan products.”

According to the Moe government’s list of delegates, out-of-province universities and colleges outnumber Saskatchewan universities and colleges 5 to 3. The governments of Alberta, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador, or their crown corporations, feature on the list of delegates. Calgary law firm Bennet Jones is expected to use the Saskatchewan event space as well.

Premier Moe previously told reporters that the “sole focus” of the $765,000 Saskatchewan booth is to be a “one-stop shop of what we are doing in Saskatchewan.”

“It seems like the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Newfoundland have combined a bigger presence at our pavilion than Saskatchewan,” said Clarke. “Just days ago Moe’s Finance Minister announced a massive deficit. I think it’s more than fair to ask why Premier Moe didn’t arrange for some sort of cost-sharing agreement with other provincial governments.”

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