Moe Gives Trudeau Ultimatum: No Carbon Tax From Saskatchewan If Ottawa Doesn’t Extend Home Heating Oil Exemption To All Canadians

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has issued a firm ultimatum to Ottawa, stating that his province will cease the collection of the carbon tax on natural gas unless the federal government extends a reprieve on heating costs.

Speaking on Monday, Moe declared that as of January 1, the provincial gas utility, SaskEnergy, will no longer gather or remit the carbon tax unless Ottawa grants an exemption.

“Trudeau has provided a carbon tax exemption on home heating for families in one part of the country, but not here,” Moe posted. “It’s unfair, it’s unacceptable, and here’s what we’re going to do about it.”

The catalyst for this move was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent announcement, where he granted a three-year exemption from the carbon tax on home heating oil to address concerns regarding affordability. This exemption primarily benefits residents in Atlantic provinces, where home heating oil is a predominant source of warmth.

In a united front, Premier Moe, and Alberta Premier Danielle Smith have jointly implored Trudeau to broaden this exemption to encompass all other heating sources, including natural gas. Notably, Alberta faces a unique challenge in this regard, as it lacks a Crown corporation responsible for handling heating, unlike Saskatchewan.

Smith emphasized during a media conference on Monday that the federal government must implement a reprieve on the carbon tax for all forms of home heating in all provinces. She warned that failing to do so would likely lead to further similar actions taken by provinces with the capacity to follow Saskatchewan’s example.

“They [federal government] have to put a reprieve on carbon tax on all home heating, in all provinces, on all sources of heating. Otherwise, you are going to see these kinds of actions taken by the provinces who can,” Smith said.

Statistics Canada data from 2021 revealed that Alberta led the nation with 82% of its households relying on natural gas as their primary heating source. Saskatchewan closely followed at 79%, underlining the significance of this issue in both provinces.

Both Saskatchewan and Alberta have long been outspoken opponents of the carbon tax, consistently urging the federal government to abandon the initiative. Saskatchewan’s legal challenge against the carbon tax in 2021 was ultimately unsuccessful when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the tax.

Smith hinted that while Alberta prefers a political resolution to the matter, legal action remains a potential recourse if the federal government fails to uphold its commitment to establishing a uniform price across the country.

She emphasized the possibility of revisiting the court’s decision, stating, “If the federal government isn’t living up to the commitment of setting a single price across the country for everyone, then perhaps they’re not living up to the spirit of what the court determined, and maybe that decision needs a revisit.”

Premier Moe acknowledged the potential illegality of his province’s stance on refusing to collect the carbon tax but underscored his belief that the residents of Saskatchewan deserve fair treatment.

Federal Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre is challenging the Liberal government to eliminate federal surcharges on all forms of home heating energy, offering full cooperation to pass an emergency bill removing carbon taxes on all heating sources before winter heating bills arrive.

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