An audit, conducted by the federal environment department and the auditor general in nine provinces shows neither the federal government nor the provinces have adequately assessed the risks a changing climate poses to the country and have no real idea what might be needed to adapt to it.
The audit looked into climate change planning and emissions reduction progress between November 2016 and March 2018.
Environment Minister Dustin Duncan responded to the audit on the CPAC program “Prime Time Politics”.
He says the report shows Saskatchewan is trending in the right way to reduce emissions without the so-called carbon tax that the federal government wants them to sign onto.
“The report shows that Saskatchewan is going to actually see reductions through 2030 without imposing a carbon tax, that’s not exactly the case, or certainly we would make the case that provinces that are implementing and have implemented a carbon tax won’t even see the amount of reductions that this report shows.”
Duncan says the government is moving forward with its plans to develop the made-in-Saskatchewan climate change plan and that if push comes to shove the provincial government will take the federal government to court if the insistence remains for Saskatchewan to sign on.
Saskatchewan is the only province that has not signed onto the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.