Scott Moe

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe blasted a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that the federal carbon tax is legal, and vowed his province “will forge our own path without being subject to the punitive and ineffective carbon tax imposed by Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal government.”

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court of Canada does not change our core conviction that the federal carbon tax is bad environmental policy, bad economic policy, and simply wrong,” Moe wrote on his Facebook page.

“While the Supreme Court has determined that Prime Minister (Justin) Trudeau has the legal right to impose a carbon tax, it doesn’t mean he should, and it doesn’t make the carbon tax any less punitive for Saskatchewan people.

“The ruling comes with a strong dissenting opinion – one that warns that this decision has far reaching implications for federal intrusion into areas of provincial jurisdiction.

“Saskatchewan will remain vigilant in defending our constitutional jurisdiction from further infringement from this federal government.”

In a ruling Thursday, the SCOC said the carbon tax is legal by a 6-3 vote.

“From the first day that his carbon tax was imposed, Saskatchewan people have seen the federal carbon tax for what it is – a blunt, ineffective instrument that kills job, threatens the competitiveness of our industries, and penalizes essential, daily activities of families across our province,” said Moe.

“Our government will continue to make every effort to protect Saskatchewan families, workers and businesses from the negative consequences of the federal carbon tax.

“Later today, I will outline measures that Saskatchewan will take in the months ahead to protect Saskatchewan people while addressing climate change. We will forge our own path without being subject to the punitive and ineffective carbon tax imposed by Prime Minister Trudeau and the federal government.”

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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