OTTAWA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has three things on his wish list when he talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a meeting set for today in Ottawa.
Moe wants to see overseas oil markets opened by completing pipelines, the reworking the equalization formula, and a one-year hold on the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan so officials can re-evaluate the province’s climate change strategies.
Moe made the demands in a statement the day after the Oct. 21 election that returned the Liberals to power with a minority mandate and no seats in Alberta or Saskatchewan.
He’s reiterated them ever since as part of a new deal he says is needed with Ottawa.
Moe has said actions speak louder than words if Trudeau wants to improve relations with Western Canada.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister had his own meeting with Trudeau in Ottawa on Friday and suggested he could help broker a truce with anti-carbon-tax conservative premiers such as Moe and Alberta’s Jason Kenney.
Talk of western separatism has increased since the federal election, but Moe has said he believes Saskatchewan should be in a strong and united Canada.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 12, 2019.
The Canadian Press