The premier, who hails from Shellbrook, focused his talk on Saskatchewan’s aim to stay competitive in a global market place, including its challenge against a federal carbon tax.
Premier Moe lambasted the proposed tax, saying it would strangle Saskatchewan’s competitive edge south of the border. Calling the tax a “disproportionate burden,” he said Saskatchewan could lose its allure for foreign investors with mobile options.
He tossed out the idea that tax rebates would offer appropriate relief for industries such as agriculture.
“How would we ever accurately determine which rebates would go to which farmer when?”
The tax would not only be bad for business, it infringes on provincial jurisdiction, said.
“This is not how our Canadian constitution works.”
While seductive to environmental analysts and think tanks, discussions around emissions are too often “emotional and ideological,” according to the premier.
Premier Moe propped up the province’s current work towards carbon capture measures to handle emissions.
“It’s a plan that will work and it will work without a carbon tax.”