While many people in the Agriculture and Energy sector are pleased that the provincial government is taking the Federal Liberals to court over the carbon tax, the Provincial NDP say this could be a waste of time and tax dollars.
NDP Leader Ryan Meili says the Sask Party government has not taken enough steps to reduce carbon emissions.
Meili also says the province’s carbon reduction strategy has many flaws to it.
“There’s very little in the actual document in terms of it being a plan, if you go through it, there’s a lot of ‘to be determined’s’,” Meili says. “It doesn’t satisfy what the federal government has said has to be there, and as a result we will still have the plan imposed by Ottawa, the plan that’s being planned by them, the ‘back-stop’.”
Meili also says the provincial government is confusing with their approach and relationship with the Feds.
“This is within, as far as anyone has been able to demonstrate, within the purview of the federal government, and there’s also maybe a bit of irony that they are really wanting to challenge the purview of the federal government on this but want the federal government to step in on other issues.”
Meili later suggested that while carbon pricing is one solution, there is many ways to go about this issue the government is choosing not to use.