The Saskatchewan government is continuing its fight against a federally imposed carbon tax, as their deadline to sign on to the Pan-Canadian Framework agreement has passed.
Minister of Environment Dustin Duncan has written a letter to the federal ministers of finance and environment once again stating their stance on the carbon tax, but also explaining why he believes Saskatchewan is still eligible for $62 Million in funding for clean energy projects.
Duncan says the government signed on to a similar agreement that was supposed to work better for the province.
“The province of Saskatchewan did sign on to the Vancouver declaration because of the way the Vancouver declaration spoke about a fair and flexible approach that spoke to each jurisdictions ability to make their own decisions in a way that protected their economy,” Duncan says. “That recognized that every province was starting from a different starting point.”
Duncan says some jurisdictions signed onto the agreement knowing it will not impact them as severely as others.
“Not every jurisdiction is going to have a carbon-pricing scheme, or a carbon tax, that reaches the threshold of the back stop, and yet because they’ve signed on to essentially saying that they agree with a carbon back stop, or a carbon tax, that they’re still going to be eligible for the dollars,” Duncan says. “We disagree that the federal government has taken on this.”
The $62 Million of federal funding is now open for bid in the Low Carbon Economy Challenge Fund, which will allow governments, First Nations, and businesses able to gain funding for clean energy products.