The carbon tax, the oil crisis and pipelines. Those are three things Premier Scott Moe is hoping to have a solid discussion on when he and the rest of Canada’s premiers sit down in Montreal on Friday in a First Ministers Meeting that is expected to be explosive in nature seeing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also be in attendance.
Moe says this will be a real test for Trudeau to see how he handles the various concerns being brought up and that it is incumbent on him as Saskatchewan’s premier to not only enter the proceedings in a manner where he can put forward the concerns and challenges Saskatchewan are facing and not only voice those concerns, but provide potential solutions.
Ontario’s Doug Ford has hinted at walking out of the meeting if he finds it to be unproductive. Moe, who did walk out of a meeting at the same hotel in Montreal in 2016 when he served as environment minister in Brad Wall’s cabinet over concerns about the national climate plan, is not planning on doing the same thing.
“We’ll be looking for the scrapping of Bill C-69, a bill that will ensure there will be no more pipelines built in Canada, there will be no more industrial development in Canada,” he said. “To ensure and allow provinces to enact their own carbon plans rather than have the federal government impose a carbon tax.”
Earlier this week, Moe and Alberta’s Rachel Notley wrote a letter to the Prime Minister asking for the oil price crisis to be put on the agenda saying it was something that was crippling the economies of both provinces. The Prime Minister has said that will happen.