Saskatchewan Party MLA

Re­port from the Leg­is­la­ture

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Prairies - Doug Steele Cy­press Hills MLA Of­fice: P.O. Box 238 4761 Price Ave. Gull Lake, SK. S0N 1A0 Phone: 306-672-1755

The peo­ple of On­tario have sent a clear mes­sage by elect­ing a gov­ern­ment that ran on not im­ple­ment­ing an in­ef­fec­tive pol­icy such as a made-in-Ottawa car­bon tax scheme. It was hugely sig­nif­i­cant that On­tario now sup­ports Saskatchewan’s po­si­tion on the car­bon tax and will in­ter­vene in Saskatchewan’s ref­er­ence case at the Saskatchewan Court of Ap­peal. PEI has stated pub­licly that their plan will not in­clude a car­bon tax, so mo­men­tum against a car­bon tax is grow­ing. At the re­cent Coun­cil of Fed­er­a­tion meet­ing, Premier Moe had bi­lat­eral dis­cus­sions with sev­eral pre­miers about the car­bon tax. Premier Moe made the point that just two or three prov­inces are com­pli­ant now, two are in court and the rest are prob­a­bly not in com­pli­ance. We in­tend to fight this tax with ev­ery means at our dis­posal. We ac­cept that cli­mate change is hap­pen­ing, and hu­mans are con­tribut­ing to the warm­ing of our planet. We’re fight­ing the car­bon tax be­cause, first of all, a car­bon tax just doesn’t work. No ju­ris­dic­tion in the world has im­posed a car­bon tax and seen a re­duc­tion in green­house gases be­cause of that tax. We’re fight­ing the car­bon tax be­cause Saskatchewan’s econ­omy is driven by ex­port-ori­ented, en­ergy in­ten­sive in­dus­tries like agri­cul­ture. En­ergy, min­ing and agri­cul­ture are the trade-ex­posed pil­lars of our econ­omy. They also hap­pen to be among the big­gest emit­ters of green­house gases. Nearly a quar­ter of our emis­sions in Sas- katchewan come from agri­cul­ture. A $50 per tonne car­bon tax would cost our prov­ince $2 bil­lion a year and agri­cul­ture would be ham­mered by that tax. The Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchewan (APAS) es­ti­mates that at $50 per tonne, a car­bon tax will boost costs for pro­duc­ers by up $15 to $20 an acre. We don’t need taxes that put jobs and liveli­hoods at risk by driv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to other coun­tries. As more and more Cana­di­ans re­al­ize this, other prov­inces are likely to join Saskatchewan in stand­ing up for their cit­i­zens by say­ing no to an in­ef­fec­tive tax from Ottawa.

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