Premier Brad Wall says he will NOT be signing any agreement that imposes a carbon tax on Saskatchewan.
He addressed this issue early Friday morning — via his twitter account — saying he will not sign on to a federal climate strategy.
He made the address live from Ottawa, standing near Parliament Hill.
Provincial and territorial leaders are in the nation’s capital for a first ministers meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Wall says this is the second time the Prime Minister, along with provincial leaders, have discussed this issue.
He says Ottawa has been moving ahead without any due diligence, or an impact statement or the benefit of a study that will let people know what the plan will do to their household budgets.
The premier questioned how the auto sector might have responded in 2009 if a carbon tax had been implemented.
At the time, consumers had difficulty securing car loans because of a credit crisis.
Low sales hurt the car companies, which could no longer generate enough cash to finance their operations.
Wall says the industries in Saskatchewan, such as agriculture, energy and mining will be rendered less competitive with a carbon tax.
Brad Wall says the province will continue with its efforts on climate change.