REGINA — Scott Moe was premier of Saskatchewan for nearly a year, and his opposition to the carbon tax has greatly helped to define his style of leadership.
He sees this tax as one of the biggest pitfalls of economic faced by his province. After succeeding Brad Wall at the end of the month of January last, Scott Moe has asked the Court of appeal for Saskatchewan to decide on the constitutionality of the imposition of the tax by Ottawa.
The province maintains that its own plan for the fight against climate change, which does not have a tax on carbon is enough to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
“We need to ensure we can stand up to these policies and to continue to grow our economy in order to be able to invest in the services that people expect”, he argued during an interview in the end of the year with The canadian Press.
Scott Moe is aligned with its counterpart in ontario, Doug Ford, also on a crusade against the carbon tax. They are visited on two occasions and have even held a joint press during the prime ministers conference in New Brunswick this summer.
Mr. Moe is the first to admit that he employs a different style than Brad Wall. The latter was always ranked among the first ministers of the most popular and well-known across the country.
But Mr. Moe says that to walk in the footsteps of his predecessor was never his goal.
“I just tried to be myself and I think it is important for success,” he argues.
The leader of the opposition saskatchewanaise is also relatively inexperienced.
The new democrat Ryan Meili, the head of the party since march last year, has made mental health issues and aboriginal issues, its main concerns.
He believes that the province should abandon its legal efforts with respect to the carbon tax.
“What worries me is that they (the government) have no plan B, expose it. They have this cause, which, according to almost all experts, has very little chance of success. And even if it succeeds, it will be necessary to wait months and maybe even years.”
Mr. Meili denounces government inaction on the environmental front – a “disgrace”, he said.
The court of appeal will hear the case in February.