Concern ran through the ranks of Saskatchewan's government this week after the federal government introduced an omnibus bill related to the budget.

While one government introducing legislation that another doesn't like is nothing new, some may wonder what, in particular, this bill has that worries Premier Scott Moe and those under him.

"An omnibus bill is basically a single document that is accepted by a single vote. Within that document there are several measures that are put into one complete package. But because of the large size and the scope, the bill limits opportunities for actual debate and scrutiny," explained Estevan's MLA, Lori Carr.

The portion of this bill that had the province up in arms was the 'Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act', better known by it's most commonly referred to moniker...carbon tax. This means that, if the overall bill is passed, carbon tax is officially imposed on Saskatchewan.

"Just because they do that, doesn't mean that that's going to prevent the province of Saskatchewan from continuing with the legal challenge," Carr stated.

With that said, Premier Moe responded to the bill by announcing that the province will take the matter to the Court of Appeals.

"If we don't appeal, we will go to 50 dollars a ton for carbon. That would cost as much as 2 billion dollars for the Saskatchewan economy. For a family of four, every year, it would cost approximately an additional $1,250. That's not just people in the southeast, that's people right across the province. For a farming family, they can add 10-12 dollars an acre."

"We plan on launching the challenge within the next few weeks. We feel we have a very strong case," Carr added, noting that once things get rolling, timeline is all up to the court.

"The interesting fact is that once this actually launched, other interested parties including other provinces, can intervene in the case, they can put their two cents in." 

While the rest of Canada has already signed on to the federal carbon tax, Carr said that there's nothing stopping them from chiming in. However, she believes it's too early to tell whether any will opt to do so.

 

More Local News

Accident On Friday Night

An accident on Friday evening kept Emergency crews busy. "At approximately 11 pm on January 18th, Estevan Police and Estevan Fire were called to the scene of a single vehicle collision," explains…

New Look for Canadian Dollar in 2019: Will Honour Gay Rights

Joe Wickenhauser is the Executive Director of Moose Jaw PRIDE and the Saskatchewan PRIDE Network. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. To commemorate…

SaskPower Pleased With Performance Of CCS at Boundary Dam Power Station

SaskPower’s carbon capture and storage facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station had a great year in 2018, according to their vice president of power production, Howard Matthews. The facility…

Millions for Crop Research in Saskatchewan

On Wednesday, the federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay and Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister David Marit announced more than $12 million in funding for forty-four crop-related research…

Humane Society Receives Big Boost With $5000 Grant

The humane society has recently received a $5000 grant from the Western Financial western community foundation. Angela Prette with the humane society was extremely happy with the amount of the grant…

Bitter Winds Sticking Around

After some balmy temperatures and days to start the new year, more traditional Saskatchewan weather has moved in for the third week of January. Cold days and even colder nights with bitter winds is…

Snowplow Safety Important For Everyone

With the lack of snowfall we've seen in the southeast corner of the province, it's easy to forget about the drivers that keep the roads clear and drivers safe. Snowplow operators are often overlooked…

Accident On 13th Ave and King Street

A two-vehicle collision took place early Wednesday morning. "At approximately 7:45 this morning, a two-vehicle collision occurred at the intersection of 13th Avenue and King Street," explained…

The Difference Between Norovirus and Influenza Explained

Norovirus has been identified as the cause of a number of cases of nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting in the province. "Norovirus is a type of virus that affects the intestinal system," explained Doctor…

City's Proposed 2019 Budget Includes No Increase In Taxes Or Utility Rates

The city is planning some ambitious ideas for the proposed 2019 budget, but they won’t be including any higher taxes or utlility increases. The proposed budget was prepared by city administration and…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login