The response to federal Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna’s letter to the Saskatchewan government on carbon taxation couldn’t be any more different.
Following Question Period on Tuesday, provincial Minister of that same department Dustin Duncan said McKenna saying Saskatchewan getting a carbon tax whether they like it or not is quite out of line.
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“It’s a little presumptuous of the federal minister to state pretty definitively that Saskatchewan will have a carbon tax,” he said.
Duncan also called out NDP leader Ryan Meili for saying Saskatchewan should follow along the example set by Manitoba and their case, where they didn’t issue a constitutional challenge due to their belief of a guaranteed loss.
He said Saskatchewan, even though their climate plan has not been presented yet, is in a much different position than their counterparts directly to the east.
And perhaps most importantly, they’re not afraid to take the Trudeau government to the Supreme Court over this matter.
“It’s still fairly early and lawyers are still reviewing draft legislation, again, not knowing what the final bill will be that will actually pass it through Parliament,” said Duncan. “But, certainly, we believe this is provincial jurisdiction and that we can mount a pretty credible case.”
However, if you ask Meili, the government’s plan is not usuable.
He said, in comparison, his party’s goes much further to address climate change and carbon taxation issues in the province.
“It also (the NDP carbon pricing plan) protects producers, including recognizing their role in sequestering carbon,” said Meili. “It protects families from prices rising and life becoming less affordable and protects our trade exposed industries.”