Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision to impose a carbon tax in Saskatchewan during an interview in Regina.
Trudeau, who paid a visit to 620 CKRM to be a guest of Jim Smalley on “Saskatchewan Agriculture Today” says putting a price on carbon is important to encourage innovation and less pollution, and that a carbon tax will be revenue neutral in Saskatchewan, with all the money staying in the province.
Trudeau’s visit to 620 CKRM on Thursday was part of a whirlwind tour of Regina and area to promote canola trade.
Trudeau also vowed to stand up for farmer’s interests in any re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement saying NAFTA has seen a dozen changes since its implementation and more changes can be made to expand the economies of both countries and that Canada is happy to sit down with the U-S to talk about how it can be improved now.
“It’s really important to have a constructive, working relationship with the United States,”said Trudeau. “This is something that matters deeply to our economy.
It matters to workers and farmers across the country. It matters to all Canadians in terms of the cultural family ties and connections we have in every different way.”
On Wednesday, there was speculation Trump was considering a draft executive order to pull the U-S out of NAFTA, but early Thursday morning Trump tweeted he will not do that right now.
Earlier Thursday the Prime minister visited the farm of Todd Lewis near Gray, southeast of Regina.
During the visit, the Prime Minister underscored the importance of the open dialogue he has had recently with all of Canada’s premiers. Via recent conference calls, Justin Trudeau spoke with provincial leaders on various issues, including free trade.
Justin Trudeau also emphasized how critical it was for Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall to have travelled to the U.S.
“We also had a great call following his (Brad Wall’s) excellent and productive visit to Washington and Iowa,” said Trudeau. “He was really able to continue to speak, not just only for Saskatchewanians, but for all Canadians.”
The Prime Minister had a chance to ride a combine and tour the beginning stages of canola crops.
(With files from Michael Lumsden)