The political jurisdiction of federal and provincial governments has perhaps never been made more clear than during the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw provinces taking the lead on regulations, recommendations, and requirements.
Along the same vein, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says that federal policy should take a regional approach to delivery. For example, Saskatchewan doesn’t need to be involved in manufacturing or auto industry policy, but should have a key role in mining, natural resources, ag policy and more.
For those who may have been at the GrowCanada conference this week, they would have heard Premier Moe discuss this approach to federal policy and perhaps wonder if he was vying for a federal role. Moe says that’s not the case, and what he is campaigning for is workable and successful policy where federal targets and policy outcomes are governed at a regional level
Moe adds that provinces need to flex those jurisdictional muscles on federal policy, as that’s where the relationships and expertise already exist for many of these sectors, including sustainability, environment, and climate policy.
In the discussion below, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney and Moe cover significant topics, including implementing policy, getting outside the agriculture and Western Canada silos, and having a seat at the table in environmental discussions overseas.