Pembina reacts to Saskatchewan climate planPremier Brad Wall misses opportunity for low-carbon growth in Saskatchewan

Oct. 18, 2016

Brad Wall at the 2011 Leader's Debate. Photo: Daniel Paquet

OTTAWA — Erin Flanagan, director of federal policy at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to Premier Brad Wall’s climate announcement for the province:

“In order for Canada to have climate success, all provinces must offer ambitious emissions reductions towards the national 2030 goal. Saskatchewan is Canada’s fourth largest emitter in absolute terms, and is the country’s largest emitter on a per-capita basis. For this reason, near-term progress at reducing emissions in Saskatchewan is essential to the country’s success at achieving its Paris targets.

“Premier Wall continues to be out of step with economists and business leaders who point to carbon pricing as a foundational element of Canada’s approach to climate change. In reality, an economy-wide carbon price is a critical tool for Saskatchewan – and for Canada – to support private sector innovation and low-carbon economic development.  Saskatchewan’s commitment to increase renewable energy development is commendable. However, absent additional policy, the province will miss major emissions reductions opportunities – especially in its oil and gas and electricity sectors. Carbon pricing and regulations to accelerate the phase-out of coal-fired power are essential components of a credible climate plan for Saskatchewan.  


“We urge the premier to think constructively about the positive economic and environmental opportunities climate action offers for Saskatchewan. Carbon pricing and other regulatory tools can create new markets for low-carbon goods and services, and can support the natural resource sector in its efforts to reduce its environmental impact. By obstructing discussions on policy options to reduce Canada’s emissions, Premier Wall is missing an opportunity to set up Saskatchewan for long-term economic success.”




Erin Flanagan
Program Director, Federal Policy

Kelly O’Connor
Communications Lead


Report: Race to the Front (September 2016)

Op-ed: Carbon pricing logjam finally broken by federal leadership (October 2016)

Position Paper: Perspective on carbon capture and storage (CCS) (February 2009) 


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