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Canada Moe asks PM for 'hiatus' on carbon tax to negotiate climate plan with feds

06:35  01 november  2019
06:35  01 november  2019 Source:

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Premier Scott Moe speaks at Evraz Place in Regina during a rally protesting the Trudeau carbon tax, Bill C-69, Bill C-48, and advocating for pipelines in April.© TROY FLEECE Premier Scott Moe speaks at Evraz Place in Regina during a rally protesting the Trudeau carbon tax, Bill C-69, Bill C-48, and advocating for pipelines in April.

Premier Scott Moe wants Ottawa to pause its carbon backstop while the province and the feds work together to “re-evaluate” Saskatchewan’s climate change plan.

Moe made the pitch in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted on his social media accounts Thursday. He noted that Trudeau had committed to an in-person meeting “soon” at the time of their post-election telephone call last week.

Moe expressed frustration that Trudeau hasn’t yet pinned down a date to meet with him.

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Scott Moe promoted the Saskatchewan legal argument, which said the feds have no 'constitutional authority to second The shape of provincial opposition to the federal carbon tax became more clear Thursday as Ontario’s The two agreed to fight the federal government plan to impose a carbon tax .

Alberta already plans to implement a carbon tax but objects to the higher costs of Trudeau’s plans in later years. British Columbia already has a carbon tax . Trudeau said: “85% of the Canadian economy is located in provinces where there is pricing on carbon pollution in one shape or another.

“We have not been able to confirm that meeting date as of yet, although we have reached out many, many, many times,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Today we are disappointed because those appear to be just words.”

In his letter on Thursday he outlined an agenda for their prospective meeting that repeated his three-point “new deal for Canada” proposal, including suspending the carbon tax, restructuring equalization and facilitating pipeline expansion.

But Thursday’s letter also suggested that Moe wants to see both sides take a second look at Saskatchewan’s own plan, Prairie Resilience.

“I am asking you to place a one-year pause on the federal backstop in Saskatchewan by removing the federal carbon tax in 2020 while Saskatchewan and federal officials work together to re-evaluate Saskatchewan’s carbon emissions plan,” Moe wrote.

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“I am confident such a re-evaluation will demonstrate that Saskatchewan is contributing to Canada meeting our Paris Accord commitments and that the federal carbon tax is not necessary in Saskatchewan.”

But Moe would not commit to making any specific concessions on Prairie Resilience when pressed by reporters, though he stressed the need for a “true negotiation.”

“What we mean when we say negotiate is to negotiate what Saskatchewan is doing,” he said. “How can we add to Canada’s commitment to a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and we intend on doing that without a broad based carbon tax.”

Canada committed to those 30 per cent reductions, relative to 2005 emissions levels, under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Trudeau recommitted to that same target as part of the Paris Climate Agreement. Moe said Saskatchewan is willing to ensure it helps meet the national target, but he also stressed that Prairie resilience is already a “strong plan.”

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“We will work with the federal government to ensure that we’re achieving that 30 per cent reduction,” he said.

Moe wouldn’t commit to accepting a fuel levy if Ottawa continues to insist upon it. Saskatchewan’s own climate plan includes a price on emissions for some industrial emitters that exceed emissions standards, but no levy on consumer fuels like gasoline and diesel.

The federal government determined that the plan did not meet the standards required under its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which requires a broad-based carbon price applying across the economy.

As a result, Ottawa imposed its own carbon price backstop to fill the gap. The federal fuel levy took effect in April. The price was set at $20 per tonne of emissions, and is set to rise to $30 next year.

The premier was also more specific on what he’s looking for on the equalization file. He noted that the details of who will receive equalization next year, and how much, is set to be revealed in December.

He acknowledged that it may be too late to change the formula that determines payments before then. But he asked Trudeau to commit to “reforming” the formula in 2020, and to grant Saskatchewan interim per capita payments in the meantime.

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By not signing on to the federal Liberal government’s Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the province of Saskatchewan has Opposition to a carbon pricing system —one of the main pillars of the feds ’ plan —is Premier Scott Moe ’s stated reason for being the only province or

He said the current formula fails to address the “economic reality” in energy-rich provinces like Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Moe resisted the notion that he was walking back his post-election approach, in which he said there’s a fire burning on the Prairies and blamed deepening divisions on Trudeau.

NDP leader Ryan Meili said Moe’s letter is the “same old story” of using fraught federal-provincial relations to distract from Saskatchewan’s problems.

He said the NDP has long advocated for a made-in-Saskatchewan plan negotiated with Ottawa that actually protects farmers from high bills, particularly due to increased costs for fuel used in grain drying. He blamed Scott Moe for not being at the table to work out a better deal.

“What I would say to those farmers is take those bills and send a copy to Scott Moe,” he said.

But Meili also avoided explicitly calling for Saskatchewan to accept a fuel levy as part of those negotiations.

“I think there’s problems with an economy-wide fuel levy in the way that it fails to take into account how much more you spend when you drive a lot in rural Saskatchewan,” he said.

He called Moe’s comments about equalization “bluster.”

The Prime Minister’s Office responded to Moe’s comments by pointing to calls Trudeau has had with all sitting premiers, as well as municipal leaders like Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark and Regina Mayor Michael Fougere.

“These discussions have centered around how the different orders of government can help make life more affordable for Canadians, build a stronger middle class, and work collaboratively toward a stronger country,” wrote Brook Simpson, Trudeau’s press secretary.

He added that Trudeau looks forward to continuing discussions on those issues with Moe, but did not specifically mention the carbon tax, equalization or pipelines.

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