Saskatchewan is challenging federal government’s ability to impose a carbon tax
they don’t like our climate change plan.”
Under the constitution, each level of government is sovereign within its own legislative realm. Provinces are not subsidiaries of the federal government. Provincial governments have the authority to set policy in areas of provincial jurisdiction, and the federal government does not have the right to override that provincial authority.
The Government of Saskatchewan released Prairie Resilience: A Made-in-saskatchewan Climate Change Strategy in December 2017. The strategy includes the development of sector-specific output-based performance standards on large emitting facilities; increasing efficiencies in buildings by adopting the 2015 National Building Code; creating a freight strategy to improve delivery times, reducing fuel and increasing efficiency; and developing a climate resiliency model to help ensure communities are able to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change.
“Our made-in-saskatchewan climate change strategy is broader and bolder than a carbon tax,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said. “Our plan to reduce emissions from the electricity sector by 40 per cent and methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 shows we are serious about tackling climate change. Our Saskatchewan story also includes our agriculture industry that sequesters nearly 12 million tonnes of CO2 annually and carbon capture at Boundary Dam 3 that has prevented two million tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering our atmosphere. Saskatchewan is the solution, not the problem.”
“Our government will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan against the Trudeau government’s costly and ineffective carbon tax,” Moe said.
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