Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart reiterated the province’s opposition to the federal government’s carbon tax plan at Agribition this week.
“It’s going to impose huge costs on agriculture if it rolls out the way it’s been heralded. It’ll have the effect of making us uncompetitive in most of our markets because our competitors are not going to have a carbon tax,” he says in the interview below.
As Premier Brad Wall indicated last month, the province is considering a legal challenge against the plan, which calls for a national price on carbon emissions of $10 per tonne in 2018, rising to $50 per tonne by 2022.
“We’re looking at our options right now. There are some, and certainly court action is not out of the question,” says Stewart.
Stewart discussed the carbon pricing proposal, as well as concerns about what President-Elect Donald Trump plans for NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership could mean for Saskatchewan agriculture, as heard on RealAg Radio on SiriusXM Channel 147: