Scott Moe was once again letting residents know exactly where he stands on the more polarizing issues facing Saskatchewan and Canada.
This time, those residents are members of the Regina business community.
The Saskatchewan Premier was the guest speaker at the Regina and District Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday afternoon.
Moe took the opportunity to speak about topics he’s been quite vocal about in the past, including the carbon tax.
He said if the federal government’s carbon tax would be highly detrimental to Saskatchewan, in every possible way.
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“Saskatchewan, should not and will not, be subject to this tax simply because the Trudeau Liberals do not like the climate change we have put forward,” he said. “And I’m having a great degree of difficulty figuring out why.”
Moe also addressed the importance of having Saskatchewan’s industries thrive and prosper.
As it stands right now, many places outside of Canada’s borders are reliant on Saskatchewan exports.
“Every day on our oceans, there are ships crossing those oceans carrying our products,” he said. “From Regina, from Prince Albert, from Saskatoon, to Moose Jaw and everywhere in between. They’re carrying pulse crops, lentils, peas, chickpeas. They’re carrying wheat, barley, canola, which was invented by a Saskatchewan researcher in Saskatoon.”
Moe said getting Saskatchewan’s products to market is incredibly important. He touched on that and the current dispute with John Horgan’s BC government regarding the Trans Mountain pipeline.
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He noted the coast is essential for provinces to be able to successfully market their resources and, as a result, be a driving force in Canada’s economic growth and prosperity.
“Our rails, our pipelines, our ports, our access to the coastline for a province such as Saskatchewan has always been under the federal jurisdiction. In many cases, it’s why we’re a part of this nation, so we can grown and contribute and we have.”