The carbon tax issue between the federal and provincial governments continue to be heated with the latest salvo coming from Environment Minister Scott Moe.
On Thursday, Moe said the province will not allow a carbon tax to be imposed in Saskatchewan because a$50 a tonne carbon tax would amount to $2.5 billion in Saskatchewan which is a cost its export-based economy cannot bear.
Last fall. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he wants every province and territory to have a $10 a tonne price on carbon in place by 2018, rising to $50 a tonne by 2022, and that if they didn’t do it themselves, he would do it for them.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the only provinces to not sign on, but federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says discussions with both continue in an attempt to get them on board.
Moe says his government will cut emissions through innovation and technological advances in areas such as carbon capture and storage and renewable energy production.
In the past, Premier Brad Wall has stated the carbon tax will draw more than $2.5 billion out of the provincial economy and make it a less competitive place to do business. Wall adds the government estimates the carbon tax will cost the average family $1,250 a year.
This summer, Wall said his government could constitutionally challenge any attempt by a federal government to impose a tax on a government Crown like SaskPower or SaskEnergy.