Canada’s environment minister went to Twitter on Wednesday asking Saskatchewan to sign on to Ottawa’s national climate change plan or risk losing its share of federal money for emission-reduction program.
Catherine McKenna says “If Saskatchewan signs on, we will be able to partner with them as there is $62 million that could be used for energy efficiency programs in Saskatchewan.”
I hope we can work together @PremierScottMoe because Canadians see the impact of climate change and huge costs including droughts & floods in Saskatchewan. There’s a trillion dollar global opportunity of clean growth including made-in-Saskatchewan solutions. We owe it to our kids
— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) February 28, 2018
Speaking with reporters earlier this week, Premier Scott Moe said he won’t sign on to the framework because it comes with an “ill-conceived” carbon tax.
The federal government won't invest $62 million in Saskatchewan to actually lower emissions, but they will sink $109 million for "carbon cops" to enforce a carbon tax that won't lower emissions.
Saskatchewan will NOT sign any document that imposes a carbon tax on our province. pic.twitter.com/ZAiFbIVLW2
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) February 28, 2018
He added Saskatchewan will still apply for its share of the money from the low-carbon fund.
“We require that investment to continue to lower the emissions here in the province of Saskatchewan,” he said. “We have some aggressive targets here, that we intend on meeting, in particular around our power generation.
McKenna says to get the money Saskatchewan must sign on to the framework so if they don’t they will simply forfeit their share and it will go back into a fund that cities, First Nations, businesses and farmers who want to reduce emissions would have access to.