Premier Brad Wall is looking south of the border in his push against a carbon tax in Canada.
Wall says he backs the climate change plan released this week by U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that supports carbon capture, but does not include a carbon tax.
The premier says Clinton’s plan indicates that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon pricing scheme puts Canada’s economy and jobs at a competitive disadvantage with its biggest trading partner.
Trudeau’s plan calls for a $10 per tonne tax on carbon starting in 2018, increasing to $50 per tonne by 2022.
The prime minister has warned that carbon pricing will be imposed on provinces that don’t implement the tax or bring in a cap-and-trade system.
Wall says focus should be on innovation and technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and that Saskatchewan’s plan, to be unveiled next week, will be similar to Clinton’s.
(The Canadian Press)