Saskatchewan NDP Leader Carla Beck at the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Show in June, 2022. Photo by Brian Zinchuk

Saskatchewan NPD Leader Carla Beck called out Premier Scott Moe for his “failure to secure an Atlantic-style carve-out of the carbon tax,” on Feb. 29.

This was in response to the back and forth that went on all day Thursday. First, Saskatchewan Crown Investments Minister Dustin Duncan, in a video shot in front of the Parliament Buildings, said Saskatchewan would not remit the federal carbon tax. In response, federal Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Jonathan Wilkinson said Saskatchewan people would no longer receive the carbon tax rebate. And in response to that, Premier Scott Moe said if there’s no rebate, then the carbon tax shouldn’t be collected.

Here’s Beck’s statement:

If Scott Moe actually wanted to save families hundreds of dollars, he could have removed his Sask. Party tax on gas and fuel, but he said no. He’s making life more expensive.

Fundamentally, this comes down to fairness for Saskatchewan families and remitting an unfair and unequal tax to the federal government isn’t right.

We do not support the carbon tax and we believe that Scott Moe could have gotten an Atlantic-style carve-out for Saskatchewan families if he actually did the work to fight for Saskatchewan, instead of jetting off on million-dollar trips to Dubai and India.

We need an approach like we’ve seen south of the border that actually invests in new industries and technologies that reduce emissions in a meaningful way and create good mortgage-paying jobs families can rely on.

It’s clear that this government is out of touch and just isn’t up for the job.

 

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