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Moe livid with Sask. carbon plan rejection

He says the province may be left with no choice but to take the feds to court again.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is furious with the Liberal government for rejecting its carbon tax plan.

He says the province may be left with no choice but to take the feds to court again.

“We don’t see a reason why they wouldn’t accept Saskatchewan’s plan as it exceeds the minimum standard, that is the strength of the Supreme Court ruling,” Moe said at a Tuesday press conference.

In March, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the federal carbon tax was constitutional.

Shortly after, Moe introduced Saskatchewan’s own plan to bring in a carbon pricing system for consumers.

But Moe revealed on Monday, not only did the Liberals reject the plan, but told the province not to bother submitting a new proposal until 2023.

The province already has a carbon tax in place for heavy emitters of carbon.

“[The Supreme Court] didn’t say the federal government could do one plan in this province and a different plan in that province. It said that there is a minimum backstop that the federal government could put in place which is why exceeded that backstop with this proposal,” Moe said.

He added the province will now be “exploring all avenues possible to protect our residents from the federally imposed carbon tax.”

Moe said his plan “would have protected families, jobs and industries while exceeding the federal minimum standards, in close alignment with other provincial programs previously accepted.”

New Brunswick’s plan provides a fuel rebate at the pump.

Saskatchewan NDP Opposition Leader Ryan Meili put the entire blame on Moe saying he had “failed the people of Saskatchewan on carbon pricing.”

“The Sask. Party’s failure to present a credible climate change plan has left Saskatchewan people subject to the federal carbon tax for the last three years. Now because of the premier’s political games we will be stuck with Prime Minister Trudeau’s plan for a further two years,” Meili said in a statement.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Matt C

    July 13, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Anytime there is a spoken or written word, there is need for an authoritative interpreter…. that final interpreter of the law is the Supreme Court. Unfortunately…the courts are now political. Activist judges rule based on desired outcome, not the constitution and rule of law.
    To seek justice through the courts in today’s Canada is often a losing battle.

  2. j n

    July 13, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    canada is broken. time to leave before we are regulated to death

  3. Steven

    July 13, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Saskatchewan is dealing with a colonial court system. The Supreme Court of Canada (SCOC) isn’t going to side with a Western Province & I think the SCOC has made that quite clear in their recent ruling allowing Ottawa to infringe on Provincial rights.

    Premier Moe should get involved with the Maverick Party & support the growth of a voice for the West instead of wasting money fighting a colonial SCOC & a Quebec Prime Minister Trudeau who said “this country “Canada” belongs to us” Quebec.

    Canada is a farce of a Federation. Ruled by a French Prime Minister and the Province of Quebec that treats anything outside of Quebec as a colony. To hell with that Premier Moe Sask can do a lot better out of this failed Federation.

  4. Chris

    July 13, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Moe has no option but to take the federal government to court, lol.

    Federal courts have done everything they can these past few years to protect federal interests. Moe is a weak leader in a province that is split near 50% conservative to NDP. Saskatchewan will be back in NDP control shortly, not too many smart people in Saskatchewan. The province needs some more devastating policies forced on it before people start waking up.

  5. francis witzel

    July 13, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better, Bruce Wutzke, and Scott can really tell Trudeau to go pound sand, We the citizens run this country not some bureaucrat miles away .

  6. Bruce Wutzke

    July 13, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Or he could grow some hair on his balls and start acting like a leader, use the not whithstanding clause(as I understand it) and tell the feds to stay in the east to create the leftist world they dream of.

    Yesterday I was hauling water for the garden, looking around it dawned on me as a small farm in SK we have literally MILLIONS of trees on our land, not counting bushes, etc. SK is a carbon Sink, period.

    Plus, co2 is Not a polluntant, historically, the current co2 levels are something like 30% of where they should be.

    Wake up people, wake up Moe!

  7. Left Coast

    July 13, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    AGW = Unproven Hypothesis . . . there is NO Science !

    Reality is CO2 is NOT Carbon . . . Coal is Carbon, CO2 is a benign gas at 400 ppm can warm nothing. If it doubled tomorrow no one would notice but the Petunias.

    This is just another Economy Killing tool of the Enviro-Mentalists . . .

    Oil is not a “fossil fuel”, but was deemed an organic substance back in 1894 when Rockefeller met with the worlds organic chemists – he wanted a way to ensure that his Standard Oil Company could raise the price of his product as necessary by claiming it was going to someday run out. Yes, that has been their tactic for 126 years now, and people still fall for it!!!
    The second most common liquid on Earth is oil, after water. It is produced as a byproduct of geological heat and pressure in the crust – just as the hydrocarbon atmospheres of other planets and moons. How many dinosaurs died on some of Jupiter’s moons? None. Yet they have methane atmosphere. Please, feel free to research abiotic petroleum before you claim I’m crazy.
    There has never been a fossil recovered from greater than 10,000 feet below the surface. Oil wells average depth is 30,000 feet.
    The greatest “greenhouse gas” is water vapor, but the left can’t tax evaporation of the oceans.
    The biggest LIE of the last century . .

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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Jean thinking about Fort Mac by-election run

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mic with a graphic of the riding.

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Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean is musing whether or not to run in a by-election in Fort McMurray.

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mike with a graphic of the riding behind him.

“There is a byelection coming soon in my old riding in Fort McMurray. Should I run?” he asks Facebook followers.

“Let me know in the comments. Sign up on my webpage for updates.”

The riding was left vacate recently when UCP MLA Laila Goodridge resigned to run for the federal Conservatives. She easily won the riding capturing 67% of the vote.

Jean was the leader of the original Wildrose and was leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2017.

He ran for the leadership of the UCP, but lost the race to Jason Kenney.

Jean has been increasingly slamming Kenney from the sidelines over his handling of numerous issues.

He called on Kenney to resign after his infamous Sky Palace dinner.

Jean, called on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to resign in the wake of the Sky Palace Scandal.

“FOR THE GOOD OF THE UCP, FOR THE GOOD OF ALBERTA, IT IS TIME FOR JASON KENNEY TO RESIGN,” Jean wrote in capital letters on his Facebook page.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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