Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says she welcomes the re-election of Brad Wall as premier of Saskatchewan.
McKenna says she hopes to work with Wall’s government, along with other provinces and territories, to reach a national climate change agreement.
But McKenna told an Ottawa news conference today she still believes a carbon pricing mechanism is the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
Wall’s Saskatchewan Party delivered another majority election win last night, taking 51 of the province’s 61 ridings.
During the provincial election campaign, he warned that a federal carbon tax would seriously damage the provincial economy and hurt everyone from homeowners to mining companies.
He repeated today that he will continue to oppose a national carbon tax, but would keep pushing Ottawa to support the Energy East pipeline.
Wall said he’s not going to be a thorn in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s side, but will defend Saskatchewan’s interests on the national stage.
(The Canadian Press)