Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is skeptical about implementing carbon levies, or taxes, as they would not be beneficial to the current state of the energy industry.
“There’s been some specific challenges in the energy sector,” Wall told reporters Friday in Regina. “There’s been job losses obviously and the last thing we need right now is a tax increase or a new federal carbon tax or frankly a provincial carbon levy. Now’s not the right time for any of those things.”
His comments were in reaction to reports that Ottawa is planning on cutting carbon emissions by implementing a price mechanism.
Wall said that he held a conference call with other Premiers, and they agreed that more research had to be done before a tax or levy to reduce carbon emissions could be introduced.
“This is not right for Saskatchewan, and may I say, I don’t think it’s right for the country right now,” Wall said. “The country’s economy is not as strong as anyone would like it and I just don’t think now’s the time for a carbon levy.”
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