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Saskatchewan premier welcomes Manitoba in fight against federal carbon tax

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REGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he welcomes Manitoba in the legal fight against Ottawa over the federal carbon tax.

Moe told about 1,500 people at a Regina rally opposing the tax that Saskatchewan is making a difference by leading the battle.

Manitoba announced Wednesday that it is following Saskatchewan and Ontario in challenging the tax in court.

Ottawa started imposing its own tax Monday on the three provinces, along with New Brunswick, because they refused to enact their own carbon levies.

“One year ago, it was Saskatchewan alone. Now it’s Saskatchewan and New Brunswick and Ontario and Manitoba. And very shortly it could be Alberta,” Moe said Thursday.

Alberta’s United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney has said that if he were to win the province’s April 16 election, he would axe its carbon tax and file a court challenge on the federal levy.

Moe said Saskatchewan plans to ask for intervener status in Manitoba’s case.

Most of the people who attended the rally at a convention centre arrived in a large convoy of about 700 honking trucks from parts of rural Saskatchewan.

The Opposition NDP had earlier criticized Moe for planning to attend the event, because one of its organizers doesn’t believe climate change poses a threat to the planet.

Jason LeBlanc, a farmer from southern Saskatchewan, helped organize the rally after he travelled to Ottawa with a convoy of pro-energy industry supporters earlier this year. He calls himself a “climate-change doomsday denier.”

Moe told the rally that climate change is real and human activity contributes to it, but a carbon tax is not the solution.

“What we don’t accept is a federal government imposing this on our industries, on our provinces and our families across the nation.”

The crowd cheered when speakers on stage said it was time to boot Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government from office.

“Getting rid of the Liberals will get rid of the carbon tax. We’ve said it and we will stand by it,” said Robert Kitchen, a Conservative MP for Souris-Moose Mountain in southeastern Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Press


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JUST RELEASED: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy 2.0

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A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy 2.0
It is the government’s responsibility to implement policies that protect the following:
 
1. Its citizens, their lives and their freedoms.
2. The economy in a manner that benefits that majority of its citizens, without mortgaging the wealth of future generations in favour of short-term gain or votes.
3. The environment in a manner that preserves the country for future generations without impeding, in any material way, the points listed above.
 
Canada is a global leader in clean technology and adheres to some of the highest environmental regulations in the world. We need to continue to build upon this expertise and deliver solutions to global problems.
 
Protecting the environment is a global issue. Banning tankers on the west coast of Canada or forcing domestic energy projects to comply with crippling regulatory requirements does nothing to change emissions in countries such as China or India. If we choose to ignore what happens beyond our borders we are doing a disservice to not only ourselves but to the world.
 
Moving forward, government must end ideological policies that alienate millions of Canadians, destroy tens of thousands of jobs and crush our economy. Canada can continue being a global leader of ethical, socially, and environmentally sourced energy. It is through our natural resources and the development of value-added products that Canadians can continue to enjoy a high standard of living. It is through cost-effective energy production that the world will continue to prosper.
 
Energy and environment have co-existed for years. It will continue to do so in the future. Instead of putting our energy industry on the sidelines, we must embrace all that it is capable of doing for us. Passive houses, small nuclear reactors, liquefied natural gas and other advanced technologies would not be possible without Canada’s energy industry and are immediate and proven environmental solutions.
 
ECCC proposes a plan rooted in crony capitalism, wealth distribution, higher energy prices and stifling regulation. The alternatives outlined in A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy 2.0 provide realistic free market options that will not only protect the environment, but create a prosperous future for all Canadians.
 
When considering which options are be best suited for Canadians going forward, consider the following. The Government of Canada has added significant power, spent hundreds of billions of dollars and regulated nearly everything over the past year and a half in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have you been impressed with the results? If not, why would you expect ECCC’s plans for the economy and environment post-pandemic, to be any different?
 
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COMING SOON: A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy 2.0

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Healthy Environment & Healthy Economy
We all want the same thing: a clean and responsible energy future for our children and future generations while continuing to enjoy a high standard of living.
On December 11, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new climate plan which he claimed will help achieve Canada’s economic and environmental goals.
The proposed plan by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) entitled “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy” will have an initial investment of $15 billion of taxpayer’s money. It is built on 5 pillars of action:
 
1) Making the Places Canadians Live and Gather More Affordable by Cutting Energy Waste
2) Making Clean, Affordable Transportation and Power Available in Every Community
3) Continuing to Ensure Pollution isn’t Free and Households Get More Money Back
4) Building Canada’s Clean Industrial Advantage
5) Embracing the Power of Nature to Support Healthier Families and More Resilient Communities
 
In my paper, “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy 2.0” I will objectively critique each pillar in the government’s new climate plan and provide alternative solutions to the same issues.
 
This is an alternative plan that supports workers, protects lower income earners and creates economic growth while respecting the environment and focusing on the dignity of work.
 
This plan abandons virtue-signaling projects and relies on Canadian ingenuity to build our economy and restore Canada’s role of responsible leadership in the world.
 
Keep an eye out for the full report next week!
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