The Minister responsible for SaskEnergy, Dustin Duncan. (Archive photo)
The Canadian Press asked the Canada Revenue Agency if it had delisted SaskEnergy.
The agency said in a statement that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act prevents it from discussing the details of specific cases.
SaskEnergy declined interviews on the issue and redirected media inquiries to the provincial government.
Mr. Trudeau said he expects all provinces to follow the law. He also said that fuel oil costs much more than natural gas.
Ottawa also said the carbon pricing system provides rebates, putting more money back in the pockets of most Canadians, and that Revenues are returned to the provinces where the royalties are collected.
Saskatchewan argued the average resident can expect to save $400 next year by not paying the tax.
Also starting this month, Saskatchewan will no longer collect a carbon tax from those who use electricity to heat their homes.
However, the province does not anticipate legal consequences for this decision, as it controls the carbon tax that applies to its service utility company, SaskPower.
Mr. Duncan indicated that SaskPower would deposit into an investment fund what customers paid for these levies.
He said the move will cost SaskPower more than $3 million this year.
The reason we decided to order SaskPower to keep all of these carbon tax payments is because we don't want to risk the federal government stepping in and saying “You're not complying.” our agreement and, therefore, you take back all of these funds,” said Mr. Duncan.
The Saskatchewan Party government has argued it plans to use money from the fund for construction projects. x27;emission-free electricity, including a possible small modular nuclear reactor.
Carbon taxes imposed on other large emitters must be deposited in a separate technology fund for projects that reduce, sequester and capture emissions.
Saskatchewan took Ottawa to court over the 2021 carbon tax, but the province lost its challenge when the Supreme Court ruled that it was constitutional.