The Canadian Taxpayers Federation, The Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association and the United Steel Workers local 5890 are working together to oppose a federal carbon tax.
Signatures representing each organization are in a letter that will be sent to Ottawa outlining the negative effects a carbon tax would have on not only Saskatchewan, but all of Canada.
Shantel Lipp President of the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association said finding cheaper alternative fueling sources is something that will prove very difficult for their industry.
“When it comes to finding alternative fuel sources we don’t have a lot of options available to the heavy civil sector, a lot of the construction camps are powered off of propane, the equipment, the construction asphalt plants, the crushing plants, all of that is powered off of diesel, and there are no alternative fuel sources,” Lipp said.
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates by 2022 the carbon tax will cost the average Canadian household an additional $2,569.
Todd MacKay Prairie Director for the CTF said the tax will do nothing else but take more money off hard earned pay cheques.
“We’ve got folks like the steel workers and those in heavy construction that are building roads, those jobs are incredibly important for all of us and when you get hit with a carbon tax that the rest of the world isn’t going to pay, that’s going to make it tougher for Saskatchewan we have got to come up with a better plan. Everybody wants to take care of the environment and that is very important but a carbon tax doesn’t work,” MacKay said.
Courtland Klein with United Steel Workers local 5890 said they are already one of the leaders in their industry when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.
Klein said it is not right for workers putting in those efforts to have to pay for that.
“Our employer has one of the lowest environmental impacts on the steel and and tubular products that we make compared to the rest of the world, we use 96 per-cent recycled scrap metal in our steel and we have 79 per-cent less carbon dioxide emissions compared to other producers of steel in the world,” Klein said.
The CTF says with a carbon tax the minimum price on carbon will rise from $10 a tonne in 2018 to $50 by 2022.
The Trudeau government will be releasing their budget on March 22.
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