The Federal carbon tax continues to be a hot issue at the Saskatchewan Legislature, as Premier Scott Moe was able to respond once again to the federal government`s push for the tax.
The federal government says their argument in the case will be that the carbon tax is in the national interest, therefore they have the right to charge a carbon tax.
Premier Moe said the matter will be before the courts in the spring.
“We’re pleased they put forward their factum so that this can go to the courts, and we would ask them to hold off implementing their back-stop and allow the courts to decide whether or not they actually have the constitutional authority to impose this on Saskatchewan families.”
With the federal government adding Saskatchewan is hurting the rest of the country on this issue, Premier Moe said he couldn’t disagree more.
“We are very much engaged in the conversation around climate change, emissions, and sequestration, I would put forward in many cases the plan that we put forward, of which is recognized and accepted by the federal government, has real reductions and emissions and has real opportunities to expand on sequestration opportunities.”
Moe also maintains his government’s position on carbon pricing, saying it doesn’t make sense to charge Saskatchewan families and industry for something he calls a federal tax grab.