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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government last week arbitrarily rejected a plan by Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe to reduce the impact of carbon pricing on his residents by reducing provincial fuel taxes. The premier’s issue is that New Brunswick and P.E.I. were permitted to do the same thing by the federal government. As Moe tweeted in response to the federal rejection, “The Trudeau government cannot have one standard for the east and another for the west … “The decision to reject our province’s plan can only be viewed as arbitrary and political, further showcasing how out of touch the federal government is with Saskatchewan’s major contributions in reducing emissions at home and abroad.” Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said, as the Trudeau government has previously announced, that Ottawa will be renegotiating with all the provinces regarding their carbon pricing schemes with a view to implementing reforms in 2023, so there will be no changes until then.

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