The Saskatchewan government is ready for budget day.
Not the provincial one, that’s still to come. The federal one is where their attention is fixed.
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will present his third budget on Wednesday on Parliament Hill. And while all signs point to a fairly modest budget, there are still some items Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is interested in.
Perhaps the most notable is the issue of carbon taxation.
Moe has said Saskatchewan will not have and doesn’t believe in a carbon tax. However, he said that shouldn’t prevent Saskatchewan from accessing federal funds to work towards achieving their environmental goals.
“We have a great history with respect to efforts made to our environmental footprint as a whole,” he said. “But most particularly, with respect to carbon emissions here in the province of Saskatchewan and all of those industries.”
“We need to access the Low Carbon Economy Fund as we move forward so that we can continue with those reductions into the future.”
Saskatchewan’s Minister of Finance Donna Harpauer also spoke about the budget.
While she noted she’s interested to see what happens in regards to carbon taxing, mental health and education funding, she said she’s focused in on the some potential changes to business taxation.
“There’s concerns of the changes that the federal government has proposed that’s going to very dramatically affect small business,” Harpauer said. “Of course, small business is the background of Saskatchewans’ economy.”
“So, I’m going to be watching very closely as to any details on those corporate tax changes.”