The Council of the Federation meetings have come to a close.
Premiers from across the country gathered in St. Andrews, New Brunswick to discuss issues of importance, including trade and the federal government carbon tax.
That last topic was a big one of debate for the Premiers of Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Doug Ford recently announced his government is joining Saskatchewan’s fight against the Trudeau government federally implemented carbon tax.
“I was elected with a clear mandate from the people of Ontario to get rid of the carbon tax and cap and trade and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” said Ford, when asked if he found other Premiers in support of this action.
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Scott Moe responded by remarking provinces are able to address global climate change and emissions in their jurisdictions in any way they choose, this being the basis of the Vancouver Declaration and former Premier Brad Wall.
“That declaration did provide the latitude for provinces and territories across the nation to address their emissions in a way that provide real results in contributing to Canada’s targets at the Paris Accord, and each province has the latitude to put forward their effort in that initiative,” said the Saskatchewan Premier.
Moe said the federal government ought to examine individual province’s and territories’ plans to make “actual emissions reductions.” While some are choosing to do that through a carbon taxation policy, Moe acknowledged that’s not happening in Saskatchewan.
“In Saskatchewan, we’ve chosen a different path. It’s a path that works for the industries that we have in the province.”
Next year’s Council of the Federation Meetings will be held in Saskatoon.