Environment minister Dustin Duncan has received a letter from his federal counterpart saying Saskatchewan will be subject to a federal carbon tax if it does not sign on to a national climate change plan.
Catherine McKenna says “To be clear, we cannot accept your request not to price carbon in Saskatchewan. Among other reasons, it would be patently unfair for one jurisdiction to avoid participating in this important national effort to support clean growth and cut pollution,”
Duncan had said the province should still receive $62 million in federal money for low-carbon projects
Premier Scott Moe has adopted the stance that his predecessor Brad Wall had on the tax saying it will not accept the federal government’s plan to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan and says it will advocate for Prairie Resilience which is the government’s own climate-strategy to be accepted by Ottawa.
McKenna’s letter to Duncan addresses that plan in her letter saying she is pleased to see that strategy signal a renewed interest in pricing pollution through your commitment to adopt a carbon market system for large industrial emitters and to develop an offset system, and that is her hope that this is a foundation we can build on.”