No to carbon tax

The Saskatchewan Legislature. © Submitted photo

Province to send message to Ottawa to propose an alternative

The Sask. Party government is sending a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government opposing the carbon tax.

“It (a carbon tax) would hurt the economy of Saskatchewan and especially to bring it in at a time when the economy is struggling, it’s just wrong,” said Moose Jaw North MLA Warren Michelson. “It’s the wrong tax to be imposed on Saskatchewan people at this time and there are other alternatives that would make more sense.”This week, the government assembly passed the following motion: “That this Assembly supports the Government of Saskatchewan’s position on climate change as outlined in the Climate Change White Paper released on October 18, 2016; and further,“That this Assembly opposes the federal government’s plan to impose a national carbon tax.”

He said better alternatives would be to invest in research and development.

“We’re leading probably North America in carbon capture sequestration (CCS) technology. So if we can expand on that and market that around the world and even improve on it, then we’d be doing a service to mankind,” said  Michelson. “Let’s propose alternatives that can be used in power plants throughout the world.”

The Sask. Party’s motion was not passed unanimously, however.

“As wrong as it is for Ottawa to be imposing this action upon our province, it’s the Sask Party’s lack of leadership on climate change that has left a void, that has left an invitation, and has left this potential for this imposition onto our province,” said NDP leader Trent Wotherspoon. “The reality is, they haven’t taken any meaningful action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions here in our province.”

He added that the Sask. Party’s willingness to “double down” on CCS is an expensive option.“Let’s just make sure we understand what he wants to double down on: his carbon capture debacle, $1.5 billion for just a hundred and some megawatts of power — a very small portion of power within our power grid for $1.5 billion,” said Wotherspoon.

For more on this story, see the Oct. 29, 2016 print or e-edition of the subscription-based Moose Jaw Times-Herald.

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