Imposing a carbon tax on Saskatchewan is a huge problem.
That’s the perspective of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation spokesman, Todd MacKay.
Federal numbers state the average Saskatchewan household will pay around $400 a year and receive about $600 back in rebates.
But MacKay said that’s the case, as the carbon pricing plan will actually make Saskatchewan poorer.
“I was talking to a farmer and he actually had to switch off his combine so he could hear me on the phone,” recalled MacKay. “I had to apologize to him because if I come out ahead because of the carbon tax, it’s going to be because I’m getting his money. There’s no magic pool that these rebates are coming out of.”
In the mind of MacKay, the federal carbon pricing system is more about an ideology than it is about environmental aid, which he said won’t help.
“Canada produces 1.6% of global emissions. Nobody else is following along with this carbon tax.”