Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal Carbon Tax Rebate a 'Vote-Buying Scheme:' Saskatchewan Premier

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Federal Carbon Tax Rebate a 'Vote-Buying Scheme:' Saskatchewan Premier

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Carbon tax rebate is 'vote-buying:' Saskatchewan

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REGINA - Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says a federal government plan to send carbon tax rebates directly to residents in his province is a vote-buying scheme.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that Ottawa will return to Canadians 90 per cent of the money it collects from a carbon tax. The tax will be imposed in April on provinces such as Saskatchewan that haven't signed on to the plan, he said.

Saskatchewan is challenging the tax in court and Moe urged Ottawa not to impose the levy until the case has been decided.

He said putting a price on carbon emissions is a political decision rather than an environmental one.

It doesn't make sense to send people cheques when the money could be left in their wallets, Moe added.

"We see it as a cynical vote-buying scheme using your money to buy your vote," he said. …

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