Scott Moe has established when he says his government is working on something and it’s coming, he means it.
After seeing Rachel Notley’s NDP government introduce a bill that would see them limit oil and gas exports to British Columbia over the Horgan government’s opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline, he said he supports it and they’d be considering doing the same.
Monday was that day.
Bill 126, The Energy Export Act, was introduced in the Legislature. The bill would see Saskatchewan restrict the exporting of their provincial energy products to British Columbia, as well.
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Minister of Energy and Resources Bronwyn Eyre echoed statements made by Moe two weeks back, saying they didn’t want to get pushed into this position.
“We don’t want to find ourselves in this position,” she said.
“We feel, though, that the broader threat to the energy sector and to the economic prosperity of Saskatchewan, and really the country, is an issue here.”
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The bill, if passed into law, would see the implementation of a permit process for those who are interested or will be exporting energy products out of Saskatchewan.
Eyre noted this bill has a “sunset” clause to it, something needed for legislation of this magnitude.
“It’s very dramatic legislation,” she said. “Which we feel should have a sunset clause in place to make sure that this is really to address this specific issue we are currently facing in the country.”