Premier Brad Wall will make his way to Ottawa on Thursday for the First Ministers’ meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his fellow premiers.
Wall says he will continue to fight against the federal government’s nation-wide carbon tax.
He says he’s hopeful there will still be meaningful talks around climate change despite the governments’ different views.
“We don’t agree on the carbon tax, but we’ve signed an equivalency agreement — one that we didn’t get signed with the previous government — and one that will allow us to extend coal fleets, as long as we’re still hitting targets,” said Wall.
Saskatchewan is still looking at its legal options should the federal government force the tax on the province.
Wall says he’s met with the province’s justice lawyers to see what can be done.
“They can’t come up with a definitive answer on what our legal challenge will look like until the federal government will implement their carbon price,” said Wall.
The premier also hopes to discuss the province’s economy and health care while in Ottawa.
Wall says he’s interested to see what the federal government has planned in terms of signing a longer-term health accord with the provinces, and what that could mean for Saskatchewan.
“We need to do more work to improve the long-term care situation in Saskatchewan,” said Wall. “If it’s a priority area for Saskatchewan, I think that’s something we would want to work with.”
The Saskatchewan NDP are doubtful of Wall’s capability to sit in on the meetings.
NDP interim leader Trent Wotherspoon says the government should have come up with its own climate change plan years ago.
“His inaction on climate change have cost us the ability to advance meaningful pipelines for Saskatchewan and the lack of a made-in-Saskatchewan solution being brought to Ottawa is putting us at risk of having Ottawa impose a plan on us,” said Wotherspoon.
The meetings begin on Friday.