Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Premier Says the Federal Carbon Tax Plan Is 'A Ransom Note'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Premier Says the Federal Carbon Tax Plan Is 'A Ransom Note'

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Wall calls federal carbon tax 'a ransom'

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REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall calls the federal government's plan to introduce a carbon tax a ransom note and he's renewing his threat to take his argument to court.

Ottawa said it will introduce a $10-a-tonne carbon price on any jurisdiction that hasn't done so as early as next spring, but Wall has steadfastly opposed that move.

"This federal government white paper is frankly more like a ransom note," he said Thursday.

"It is the federal government saying here is what you are going to do from a public policy perspective or this is what will be force on the economy and the taxpayers in Saskatchewan and we're going to fight it in court."

He said Saskatchewan's economy will be hit harder by the carbon levy.

"The reality of our economy is long distances. The reality of our economy is that we are trade exposed," he said. "And so if we have a tax that penalizes those trade sectors that are most exposed -- agriculture, mining and oil and gas are three at the top -- that's just not very good policy for Saskatchewan. …

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