Press Release: SES supports Federal carbon pricing backstop in absence of adequate provincial plan
Saskatchewan Environmental Society
Friday, May 19, 2017
For immediate release
Saskatchewan Environmental Society supports Federal carbon pricing backstop in absence of adequate provincial plan
Yesterday, the Government of Canada released a technical paper with additional details about a national carbon pricing framework. Specifically, their plan outlines the minimum requirements carbon pricing systems across Canada must meet, whether they take the form of a cap and trade or carbon tax.
The Federal Government intends to apply a “backstop” option that will apply only to provinces that do not have a system of their own. To date, Saskatchewan remains the only province in Canada that has indicated it will not implement a carbon pricing system.
Ideally, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society would like to see the Saskatchewan Government design and implement a provincial carbon pricing system that would work for Saskatchewan businesses and people. The Federal Government notes that the Provinces are better placed to design their own system. However, in the absence of a provincial alternative, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society is supportive of the federal backstop detailed in the technical paper.