It appears the Saskatchewan and Federal Governments continue to be at an impasse when it comes to the carbon tax.
Yesterday (Wed) Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe called on Ottawa to abandon the tax, insisting the province’s plan is more practical and would achieve reduced emissions without a tax.
Moe also said it’s one of the issues that has led to a frosty relationship between the Provincial and Federal governments.
However Prime Minister Justin Trudeau indicated Ottawa won’t back-off on its carbon policy, saying if provinces choose not to implement carbon pricing, “we will move forward and ensure leadership on climate change is shown right across the country.”
Trudeau also said the Federal government continues to make commitments to Saskatchewan despite their differences.
“We have 900-million dollars allocated at the federal level for investing infrastructure here in Saskatchewan, and the only thing we’re waiting for is for the province to actually step up and sign the bilateral agreement.” Trudeau added.
The Prime Minister also asked for patience from Saskatchewan First Nations who haven’t received funding they’ve been promised. Trudeau says Ottawa wants solutions that work for Indigenous communities.
The Federal Liberal Caucus meeting wrapped up today in Saskatoon.