There was heated debate in the Saskatchewan Legislature today (Tue) over climate change and a carbon tax.
NDP leader Ryan Meili demanded the province develop a carbon pricing plan to reduce emissions, protect producers, and avoid a federally imposed plan.
But Premier Scott Moe says a prairie resilience plan is in place to avoid a job-killing carbon tax.
“When you have a steel plant here in the province of Saskatchewan that has a eighty-percent reduced emissions profile when compared to the industry Mr. Speaker and you tax it, it will move Mr. Speaker, it will move quite likely to China. It will open a blast furnace more emissions in the world, and we lose a thousand jobs.” – stated Moe
Moe says the proposed federal carbon tax would take 4 billion dollars from Saskatchewan’s economy over 5 years, and he is prepared to go to court to battle Ottawa over the issue.