Saskatchewan is not pleased the province will be left out of a share of two-billion dollars from the Federal Government to support climate change initiatives, if they do not comply with a federal carbon tax by the end of the year.
The Trudeau government will not be sending money to either Saskatchewan or Manitoba, if they do not sign on the the carbon tax plan by December.
Environment Minister Scott Moe, responded to the news on Wednesday, and called the announcement alarming.
“This is a very concerning announcement for the province of Saskatchewan, you know quite frankly that the Federal Government would make a decision to withhold infrastructure dollars from a couple of provinces in the nation of Canada, these are infrastructure dollars that we’ve been calling for to reduce our emission footprint in the province of Saskatchewan and infrastructure dollars quite frankly that are needed,” Moe told reporters.
Moe said while Saskatchewan will continue to not support a federal carbon tax, green initiatives will continue.
“We have as we know the carbon capture and storage investment at Boundary Dam in Estevan. We have some great initiatives that have been undertaken in agriculture with zero till agriculture, with the easements on our grasslands across the province. We also have the four R nutrient initiative that has been signed onto by the agricultural community in Saskatchewan,” Moe said.
He also said the province is continuing to work towards the 50 per-cent renewable electricity generation project, and this federal funding would go along way to helping them reach their goal.
Moe added legal action towards the Canada is still entirely possible when it comes to a federal carbon tax.
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Premier Brad Wall, responded on social media and called the situation nothing short of extortion, saying the money is a fund Saskatchewan residents helped create with tax dollars.
Wall also called the decision to withhold money from provinces who contributed to the fund, a new low in Canadian federalism.
Aside from Alberta who already has a provincial carbon tax, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the only two province disagreeing with the feds Pan Canadian Framework plan.