April 21st, 2024

Wilkinson says no carbon rebates for Saskatchewan after province says it won’t remit

By The Canadian Press on February 29, 2024.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe looks on during an interview in the cabinet room at the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina, on Monday, December 18, 2023. The Saskatchewan government is set to decide whether its natural gas utility will remit carbon levies to Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

OTTAWA – The federal natural resources minister says Saskatchewan residents won’t get a carbon rebate, after the province announced it would stop remitting the levy on natural gas to Ottawa.

Jonathan Wilkinson says the province’s move hurts lower income families in Saskatchewan, who would get more in the rebates than they pay in the levies.

Premier Scott Moe had announced the province’s gas utility would stop collecting the carbon price from customers in January, and the province had until Thursday to remit those dollars.

SaskEnergy is breaking federal emissions law by choosing not to remit the levy, which could result in fines or jail time for executives.

Wilkinson says Saskatchewan’s move is reckless, as the law to impose a carbon levy was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada.

He says it’s difficult to provide rebates when no money is being collected.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Feb. 29, 2024.

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