The provincial government will continue their fight against the federal carbon tax.
Saskatchewan, along with Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick are the only province’s that the federal plan of $20/tonne is being imposed on.
“This is Saskatchewan. Most of us have to drive a lot. We drive to work, we drive for our kids recreation and their school, and we have to heat our homes on some very cold days in this province. This is all going to cost a whole lot more now,” said Premier Scott Moe.
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A point of contention for the province is based on the carbon tax being applied to electrical generation. That, said Environment Minister Dustin Duncan, will see $141 million to SaskPower in 2019, which could work out to about a six percent rate increase.
“A carbon tax won’t actually reduce emissions in Saskatchewan,” he said.
For the province’s Justice Minister, the federal government doesn’t have the right to tax differently in different provinces.
“It would be the same as if they said to us ‘the GST is going to be different. In Ontario, it’s going to be one percentage rate and a different rate in Saskatchewan,’ which is something that should be unacceptable to all Canadians.”
(with files from David Boles)