Saskatchewan Premier believes Riders have the best defence... against coronavirus
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe never shies away from sending a friendly jab in the direction of CFL rivals and he took to Twitter again on Thursday with an important public health message, featuring a CFL twist.
“When you are in places where physical distancing is difficult, wear a mask,” Moe told his followers, along with an image of him decked out in a Saskatchewan Roughriders branded mask. “While this hasn’t been scientifically proven, I choose to believe that a Rider mask provides a far better defence than, say, a Stampeder mask or a Bomber mask.”
He may still be a little sour at the Bombers after Winnipeg beat out Regina to be the CFL hub city, despite Moe offering a competitive $3 million dollar offer of provincial support to keep games in Saskatchewan.
Moe, a passionate Riders fan, made a bit of a stir earlier this offseason when he said Manitoba had opened field facilities earlier than his province because the Grey Cup Champion Bombers “need the practice”.
Thursday’s post was a bit of online CFL fun, but it was also an impactful political statement. This marked the first time the Premier was photographed wearing a mask and he has now openly called for their use.
Despite mounting evidence that mask wearing has a dramatic effect on the amount of virus transmission, regulations regarding the face wear have become a political issue globally. By utilizing the Riders to rally support, Moe may help popularize the practice with more conservative Saskatchewan residents without losing support for his centre-right political party. That could have long term positive health consequences for the province and country.
If it takes a insulting the Bombers and Stampeders to make that happen, then so be it.