Sask. Premier Moe releases white paper on how province can ‘defend’ economic autonomy


Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has launched a coverage paper claiming the federal authorities’s environmental insurance policies would price the province $111 billion over 12 years and vowing to affirm and advance Saskatchewan’s “constitutional authority and autonomy inside Canada.”

Moe launched the paper, titled Drawing the Line: Defending Saskatchewan’s Economic Autonomy, throughout an occasion hosted by the Battlefords and District Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon.

The province launched an evaluation by the Ministry of Finance that claims 9 federal local weather change insurance policies will price the Saskatchewan financial system a mixed $111 billion from 2023 to 2035.

The ministry’s price evaluation doesn’t embrace the impression of the federal authorities’s proposed Clean Electricity Standard, which it mentioned requires the “elimination of standard fossil gasoline produced electrical energy in Saskatchewan by 2035.”

It additionally doesn’t think about any income or economic advantages that could be generated by pursuing various power industries, or different components such because the carbon tax cash the federal authorities returns to individuals by way of revenue tax rebates.

Moe mentioned the economic scenario within the province has been “exacerbated lately by the present federal authorities’s continued interference within the province’s jurisdiction over pure sources beneath the guise of federal environmental regulation.”

“It’s time to defend and assert Saskatchewan’s economic autonomy by ‘drawing the road,’ taking numerous steps together with the introduction of provincial laws to make clear and defend Saskatchewan’s constitutional rights,” Moe mentioned.

The 18-page doc concludes by itemizing choices the provincial authorities could take:

  • Pass provincial laws to make clear and defend constitutional rights belonging to the province.
  • Pursue higher autonomy over immigration coverage.
  • Better acknowledge Saskatchewan business contributions to sustainable progress – for instance, develop a carbon credit score market to assist our pure useful resource industries.
  • Prepare to take authorized actions, legislative or in any other case, to keep up management of electrical energy, fertilizer emission/use targets and oil and fuel emissions/manufacturing.

“A robust Saskatchewan means a powerful Canada, however we can not enable continued federal intrusion into our unique constitutional proper to develop our pure sources and develop our financial system. We will defend and defend Saskatchewan jobs and our economic future,” Moe mentioned.

Read the province’s calculations on the price of following federal insurance policies right here:

Federal ministers reply

Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault and Minister for Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson launched a joint assertion Tuesday in response to the paper.

“Our authorities is concentrated on rising the financial system, making life extra reasonably priced, and constructing a powerful, wholesome future for our youngsters and grandkids. We’re able to maintain working with each single province and territory to make that occur,” the assertion mentioned.

The ministers mentioned Saskatchewan individuals will obtain their Climate Action Incentive cost from the federal air pollution pricing system this Friday. They mentioned a household of 4 will obtain $275.25.

“Scrapping a program which places cash straight into individuals’s pockets doesn’t make life higher for Saskatchewanians. Nor does spending taxpayer {dollars} to ask the Supreme Court to revisit a call it made solely final 12 months.”

The ministers pointed to latest insurance policies geared toward serving to the province’s pure useful resource sector.

“The federal authorities has introduced ahead a tax reduce for CCUS (carbon seize, utilization and storage) know-how, and has dedicated $3.8 [billion] to the Critical Minerals Strategy, each of which carry monumental potential for Saskatchewan.”

The province was important of the federal authorities’s Impact Assessment Act (Bill C-69) in its white paper. Moe and the federal government have referred to it because the “no extra pipelines” bill prior to now.

The federal ministers defended the act of their assertion.

“[The Act] put in place higher guidelines for main tasks that restore belief, defend the atmosphere, advance reconciliation, and guarantee good tasks can transfer ahead in a well timed means so we can develop our financial system and create good jobs.”

Autonomy focus group views included in paper

The paper additionally describes the views of some unnamed individuals who took half on the town corridor conferences attended by Moe and MLAs this summer time and a few behind-closed-doors conferences hosted by MLA for Thunder Creek Lyle Stewart and Allen Kerpan, a former Saskatchewan Party MLA and former Reform MP.

Moe chosen Stewart and Kerpan to steer what the federal government known as “small focus group conferences” in varied communities. The pair visited Estevan, Saskatoon, Paradise Hill, Kindersley, Moose Jaw, Shaunavon, Yorkton, Weyburn, and Carlyle.

The paper mentioned native MLAs invited a “cross-section of constituents” who skilled “some challenges from new federal coverage” together with farmers, ranchers, miners, oil and fuel staff, small enterprise house owners, councillors, reeves, mayors, lecturers and chamber of commerce representatives.

“In basic, the consensus and overarching theme was a convincing need for Saskatchewan to take extra motion to say and obtain a higher stage of autonomy in areas of provincial jurisdiction.”

Premier Scott Moe talking at a city corridor assembly in Maple Creek, Sask., on Friday, July 22, 2022. (Stefan Nenson/CBC)

The paper mentioned Saskatchewan ought to “be bolder in how we place ourselves within the face of challenges to our autonomy and management over pure sources.”

It mentioned members within the focus teams needed the provincial authorities to “act extra like Quebec, particularly a authorities and province that acts as an alternative of acts for permission to defend its pursuits.”

Read the complete white paper right here:

Opposition Leader says Moe attempting to ‘defend’ his job

On Tuesday morning earlier than the paper was launched, Opposition Leader Carla Beck posted a video to YouTube.

“Standing as much as the feds is essential, however Scott Moe isn’t preventing to guard the roles of Saskatchewan individuals. He’s presenting this white paper to guard his personal. Scott Moe is out of contact with what Saskatchewan individuals need and want.”

Beck tweeted Monday, “We have emergency beds shuttered, a value of dwelling disaster, final in jobs progress, and hundreds leaving Saskatchewan. Instead of fixing the messes, he is created, Scott Moe spent his summer time turning his autonomy tour right into a white paper.”


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