Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a public, town-hall style meeting in Regina January 10. | Karen Briere photo

Trudeau challenged on carbon tax at Regina town hall

At a town hall meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau yesterday in Regina, questions about immigration, housing costs and even government spying in peoples’ bedrooms came up before Jason Leblanc of Estevan, Sask., could finally ask about the federal carbon tax. Nearly an hour into the Jan. 10 public event at the University of Regina, […] Read more

APAS President Todd Lewis announces the decision to seek intervenor status in the province's Court of Appeal reference case on the carbon tax as APAS opened its annual meeting today in Regina. | Twitter/@APASGenMgr photo

APAS wants role in carbon tax case

The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has applied for intervenor status in the province’s Court of Appeal reference case on the carbon tax. President Todd Lewis announced the decision as APAS opened its annual meeting today in Regina. “APAS members believe that their perspective on the federal carbon backstop policy needs to be heard,” he […] Read more

Tristan Skolrud says the ag sector contributes about 10 percent to national emissions and the vast majority of that is not carbon dioxide from fuel — it’s nitrous oxide and methane. “And all of those emissions are exempt under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.”
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Prof downplays carbon tax’s farm impact

U of S researcher says most agricultural emissions are nitrous oxide and methane, which are exempt from the new tax

Farmers are worrying more about the carbon tax than they should, says an agricultural economist, especially since they get a huge exemption that isn’t often discussed. Tristan Skolrud from the University of Saskatchewan has been studying the issue for a couple of years and said farmers are right to be concerned about carbon, but they […] Read more


The farm exemption includes fuel used in tractors, trucks and machinery only on the farm. | File photo

Farmers unhappy with feds’ carbon tax plan

Farmers say on-farm fuel exemptions from Canada’s price-on-pollution plan aren’t enough. Ottawa announced its plan for the four provinces that don’t have a carbon pricing system Oct. 23, touting farm exemptions, rural top-ups and climate action incentive payments. In Saskatchewan the average household would receive an incentive payment of $598 in 2019 while paying only […] Read more

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe argues that farmland is an enormous carbon sink, sequestering millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.  |  File photo

Canadians support Sask. on carbon

The Angus Reid Institute recently published a new national public opinion poll indicating that seven out of 10 Canadians believe the Government of Saskatchewan was right to challenge Prime Minister Justine Trudeau’s carbon tax in court, while two-thirds of Canadians believe it should be the provinces, not Ottawa, that determine the appropriate path to reduce […] Read more


Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed.
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Sask. study finds $16 billion carbon tax hit

Rural leaders say a study that shows a potential $16-billion hit to Saskatchewan’s gross domestic product from a carbon tax is exactly why one shouldn’t be imposed. The study, which was conducted by the University of Regina’s institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities and paid for by the province, examined the economic and environmental […] Read more

askatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in court against a federally imposed carbon tax. | File photo

Sask. takes federal carbon plan to court

Saskatchewan has launched a constitutional reference case in court against a federally imposed carbon tax. The government took action in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal today, asking the court to decide the constitutionality of the federal legislation. The specific question for the court is: the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was introduced into Parliament on […] Read more

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Cattle producers worry about how carbon taxes will affect them

Carbon pricing increases costs for producers, feedlot operators with limited ability to pass on costs

OTTAWA — Carbon pricing policies across Canada could add costs and affect producer competitiveness. “Carbon taxes have the potential to impact business or management programs in unexpected ways,” Brenna Grant, research analyst with Canfax, said at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association annual meeting in Ottawa March 21-23. A study commissioned by the cattlemen’s association examined the […] Read more


Saskatchewan continues to oppose a carbon tax and is the only province that hasn't signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The province is currently consulting on the climate resilience plan it presented last December, saying there are better ways to reduce carbon output than a tax. | Twitter/@JustinTrudeau photo

Sask., Ottawa continue tussle over carbon tax

The first meeting between Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, unsurprisingly, did not result in an agreement on carbon pricing. Saskatchewan continues to oppose a carbon tax and is the only province that hasn’t signed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The province is currently consulting on the climate […] Read more

APAS Prairie Carbon Summit filled a large conference room in Saskatoon as experts in carbon and agriculture look at the issues related to greenhouse gases release in the industry.  |  Michael Raine photo

APAS hosts carbon summit – Live Stream

The Prairie Agriculture Carbon summit has brought together agricultural producers, researchers, government policy makers and society at large to explore and discuss the role that agricultural practices currently play in the greenhouse gas balance, and the exciting potential that new technologies can provide. The current state of carbon pricing and exchange schemes in Canada, the […] Read more