Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe apologized Monday after a convicted killer attended the government’s tough−on−crime throne speech last week—and went a step further by stripping caucus duties from the member who invited Colin Thatcher.
While he didn't extend the invite to Thatcher, Moe said he is ultimately responsible as premier and leader of the government caucus.
Thatcher, who is 84, was invited by member of the legislative assembly Lyle Stewart, who was stripped of his legislative secretary duties effective Monday.
"To all of those who have attended the speech from the throne, to all members of this assembly and to all of the people of Saskatchewan, I offer my unequivocal apology," Moe said in the chamber of the Saskatchewan legislature Monday.
Thatcher's ex-wife, JoAnn Wilson, was found beaten and shot to death in the garage of her Regina home in 1983.
Thatcher, who was an energy minister under former Conservative premier Grant Devine, was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. He served 22 years behind bars before he was granted full parole in 2006.