Premier Brad Wall took to social media Thursday to question the federal government’s plan to go ahead with a carbon tax in the nation.
He is again calling on the prime minister to release an un-redacted version of a secret memo prepared for the finance minister.
Wall had made the request late last year and says the document details how carbon pricing would “cascade throughout the economy and prices would increase most for goods that make intensive use of carbon-based energy.”
“Thanks to an organization called Blacklock’s, and a Freedom of Information Request they had made of the Federal Government, I’m holding in my hand a high-level memo entitled ‘Pan Canadian Carbon Pricing – Design Challenges and possible Options,’ ” says Wall in a taped social media post.
“Now, what has been released by the Federal Government is heavily redacted. But there is an indication here the Federal Government was advised by senior officials within their own government there may be major challenges in trying to force a province like Saskatchewan — that has said no to the carbon tax — into opposing a carbon tax.”
Wall says the memo marked “SECRET” and obtained through an Access to Information request by the website Blacklock’s Reporter is the first example he’s seen showing “the government might have looked at the implications of carbon pricing.”
Wall has said he will not sign any agreement that imposes a carbon tax on Saskatchewan, in part because he says the federal government hasn’t done enough to study how many jobs could be lost or how it will affect prices for consumers.
“We’re going to continue our fight against the carbon tax,” says Premier Wall in the online recording. “We’ve indicated we will challenge the federal government in court, if need-be. But if the federal government received advice from senior officials that what they were planning might not even be legal or constitutional, I think Canadians deserve to know. I think Saskatchewan people deserve to know.”