The Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce welcomed Federal Minister’s Chrystia Freeland and Jim Carr to discuss international trade opportunities for Saskatchewan, as well as the carbon tax.
Freeland and Carr, the Ministers of foreign affairs and international trade diversification respectively, said they were excited to be in Saskatchewan for the event.
Freeland said the federal government believes the carbon tax is necessary to combat climate change.
“What I would like to then argue is if we accept that climate change is a reality, which I think broadly we do, then we have to do something about it,” Freeland said. “And that’s what our government is doing.”
Minister Carr said he recognizes the carbon tax is a heated debate.
“Because there are politicians and community leaders on opposite sides of it, and whenever there is that kind of clash of ideas, people will be engaged in a conversation,” Carr said. “Our position is that pollution is not free.”
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve McClellan said it was important to hear from both Freeland and Carr.
“As a provincial business community that is about 70% reliant on trade, we need to have good conversations, and our members need to hear what these people have to say,” McClellan said. “And in fairness, although we disagree on some files, most recently the carbon tax, the bottom line is we’ll still, tomorrow morning, going to wake up as a trading province.”
Freeland and Carr’s trip to the Queen City does have a second purpose, as Ralph Goodale is being celebrated for 25 years as a Member of Parliament this weekend.