Premier Brad Wall says he is “stunned” by the federal government’s announcement of a nation-wide carbon tax, which will be implemented in 2018.
The premier has been strongly opposed to the idea of a tax, and released a statement on Monday afternoon regarding the decision. This is an excerpt:
“I cannot believe that while the country’s environment ministers were meeting on a so-called collaborative climate change plan, the Prime Minister stood in the House of Commons and announced a carbon tax unilaterally.
This meeting is not worth the CO2 emissions it took for environment ministers to get there.
The level of disrespect shown by the Prime Minister and his government today is stunning. This is a betrayal of the statements made by the Prime Minister in Vancouver this March. And this new tax will damage our economy.
The bottom line is that the Saskatchewan economy – already hurting from a downturn in commodity prices – will be one of the hardest hit by a new federal carbon tax because of our trade-exposed resource industries.”
Saskatchewan Environment minister Scott Moe says this decision by the federal government is something that could result in a legal challenge.
Moe made the comment after walking out of a meeting of provincial environment ministers and federal counterpart Catherine McKenna in Ottawa on Monday.
Saskatchewan has been the leading opponent of a carbon tax with Moe underscoring this will hurt Saskatchewan families.
The Regina and District Chamber of Commerce is very concerned over the federal government’s announcement of a carbon tax to be imposed by 2018.
Chamber CEO John Hopkins says he will be letting Regina Liberal MP Ralph Goodale know of his disgust over this move.
Hopkins says this move will be disastrous when it comes to possible job losses, and higher costs for things like gas, heat and electricity.
Hopkins notes a 200 dollar carbon tax could mean a 43 cent jump at the gas pumps alone.