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New Premier Elected in Saskatchewan – Still Opposes Carbon Price

On Saturday night, Scott Moe replaced Brad Wall as leader of the Saskatchewan Party. He won on the fifth ballot narrowly beating out longtime civil servant Alanna Koch. During his victory speech, Moe indicated that he “will not impose a carbon tax on the good people of this province,” And then noted, “Justin Trudeau, if you are wondering how far I will go, just watch me.”

He later indicated that Saskatchewan has its own climate change plan that he wants Ottawa to recognize. While Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna wants to work closely with Moe, she has indicated that the Liberal government has made it clear – provinces need to put a price on carbon. Moe has said that he is prepared to take the federal government to court to oppose a carbon tax. However, most expert opinion – including the legal opinion commissioned by Manitoba – indicates that the federal carbon price is on firm constitutional ground.

PC Leadership Race will unfold months before Ontario election

On Friday night, following the sudden resignation of former leader Patrick Brown, the PC Party of Ontario announced that there will be a leadership race to determine who will be bringing the party into the next election on June 7th. Nipissing MPP Vic Fideli was elected by PC caucus members on Friday morning and has indicated that he will be running in the leadership race.

If elected as leader, Fideli claims he will use the Party Platform introduced by Brown in 2017 claiming it has “80 pages of good ideas.” Within that party platform is a detailed description of Brown’s description to scrap Wynne’s Cap-and-trade system and implement a province wide carbon tax that would be offset with tax reductions.

On Monday, January 29th, Doug Ford entered the race but didn’t comment on the carbon tax. Other potential candidates rumoured to be considering a run at the PC leadership include Caroline Mulroney, Rod Phillips and Christine Elliot.

Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

On January 15, 2018, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, outlining the government’s regulatory framework on carbon pricing in provinces and territories.

All provinces without a carbon-pricing plan as of December 31, 2018 will be obligated to adopt the federal backstop. The legislation is set to hit the House of Commons this week when members return for the New Year.

Starting in 2019, all provinces that don’t have a cap and trade or carbon tax regime will have to put a price on carbon beginning at $20 a tonne and going up $10 every year until 2022 when the price of carbon hits $50 a tonne. The act is proposing the implementation of a carbon levy on fossil fuels and an output-based pricing system for large industrial emitters.

Updated Website!

We are excited to announce that we’ve updated our Clean Prosperity website to now feature our top five articles of the week related to climate change and carbon pricing, these emails which are intended to discuss pressing national and international climate change news and finally any op-eds that have been featured in news papers across the country.

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