Earlier this month, a group of 12 organizations came together to express their opposition to a federal carbon tax. Together, they sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and federal Minister of Environment & Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
SARM lead the organization and distribution of the letter that includes 12 signatories. The signatory organizations are the Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association, the Saskatchewan Heavy Construction Association, the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association,
Sask Pork, the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Western Canadian Wheat Growers, Western Equipment Dealers Association, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, Sask Milk, and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce.
The letter outlines why a federal carbon tax would be harmful to Saskatchewan’s economic sectors including agriculture, business, and construction. In addition to economic concerns, all organizations agree that a federal carbon tax is not the most effective policy tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or mitigating climate change. Adaptation and innovation are superior methods for reducing emissions and dealing with climate change.
“We believe that it is very significant that organizations and associations are jointly opposed to the federal carbon tax,” said SARM President Ray Orb. “Our letter is indicative of the opposition across Saskatchewan.”