Saskatoon-raised Jonathan Wilkinson named federal environment minister, handed tricky carbon tax file
Saskatoon-raised Liberal MP Jonathan Wilkinson, a former advisor to Premier Roy Romanow and leader of the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats, has been named federal environment minister. Wilkinson was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015, representing the riding of North Vancouver.He previously held the position of Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and was parliamentary secretary to Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.Wilkinson received his B.A, from the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded the Prairie Rhodes Scholarship.
doesn’t believe is the answer “at this point” despite his displeasure with the federal government in terms of policy.
“I don’t what that achieves. I actually don’t know how that solves some of the frustration that we are feeling in our industries and in our economy here in Saskatchewan,” Moe said.
Moe sat down with Trudeau following the federal election to discuss a new deal around the carbon tax, market access toproducts and equalization.
Moe watching for shift in policy, not personnel, as federal cabinet shuffled
Premier Scott Moe greeted the choice of Chrystia Freeland as the federal government’s cabinet-level emissary to the provinces, saying he has a “fairly strong working relationship” with the former foreign affairs minister. But his general assessment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s post-election cabinet shuffle was more tepid. He said the people matter less than the policies, and there’s little sign so far that the policies will change. “It’s But his general assessment of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s post-election cabinet shuffle was more tepid. He said the people matter less than the policies, and there’s little sign so far that the policies will change.
“That deal asks for the carbon tax to go on pause so we can have a real conservation around climate change. That deal asks for a real conversation around how we share wealth in this nation,” Moe said.
“We need to ensure we have an environment where we can get continue to get our products to market.”
Moe said separation won’t help achieve greater access to its ports or provide more opportunity to advocate in foreign markets.
“We need to advocates for ourselves…not solely by ourselves, but advocate for ourselves alongside Canada,” Moe said.
“I don’t believe at this point that there is an opportunity to separate from this nation…and solve the problems [Saskatchewan] actually have.”
Chrystia Freeland to meet Sask. premier Scott Moe in Regina
The meeting comes after Freeland was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and after a previous meeting which Moe called "disappointing."Premier Scott Moe's office, in a statement, said "the Premier has had a positive working relationship with Minister Freeland, and he looks forward to discussing issues that are facing our province.
Moe is meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland at the Saskatchewan legislature building on Tuesday afternoon as part of her listening tour.
“We’ll be discussing the new deal we put forward on behalf of Saskatchewan people,” Moe said.
“It’s my hope she will bring Saskatchewan’s concern to the cabinet table and the prime minister…I look forward to the meeting.”
With CN Rail reaching a tentative agreement with its union on Tuesday, Moe said he and Freeland will also discuss ways to address the backlog of Saskatchewan’s agriculture products.
Moe and Freeland meet at 3 p.m.
Saskatchewan government asks Ottawa for more control over immigration .
REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he wants more provincial say over immigration. Moe says he wants additional control over selecting classes and skills to help achieve his goal of growing Saskatchewan's population by 300,000 residents to 1.4 million over the next decade and creating 100,000 new jobs. The economic and family classes are the immigration areas Moe says he's most interested in. He says he wants the province to have the ability to change the proportion of immigrants coming in under those categories as needed."The goal is not to say what the percentages would be.