Saskatchew­an is chal­leng­ing fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to im­pose a car­bon tax

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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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