Saskatchewan Cham­ber of Com­merce clar­i­fies po­si­tion on Car­bon Tax

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

The Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce’s re­cent re­port, A Com­pet­i­tive Tran­si­tion and the fol­low-up me­dia cov­er­age sur­round­ing it in­di­cated the busi­ness com­mu­nity across Canada was in sup­port of a car­bon tax.

The mem­bers of the Cham­ber of Com­merce Net­work in Saskatchewan are not sup­port­ive of the fed­er­ally pro­posed car­bon tax and have made their po­si­tion on the mat­ter clear for years.

“The Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce po­si­tion on a car­bon tax was de­cided many years ago and a lot has changed since then. While we sup­port an or­derly tran­si­tion to a low-car­bon econ­omy, a car­bon tax is not the right mech­a­nism to move us ef­fec­tively toward that goal,” said Saskatchewan Cham­ber CEO Steve Mclel­lan.

“The Greater Saska­toon Cham­ber of Com­merce has been ac­tive on the is­sue of car­bon taxes and our pol­icy on the mat­ter has been clear and con­cise and very much in sup­port of the Gov­ern­ment of Saskatchewan’s ef­forts. The im­po­si­tion of a car­bon tax is not the right tool to serve our en­vi­ron­men­tal or eco­nomic needs,” added Greater Saska­toon Cham­ber CEO Darla Lind­b­jerg.

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