Northern premiers ask provinces to do their part to reduce greenhouse gases

SASKATOON — Northern premiers say they expect provinces to do their part when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases in Canada.

The leaders of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut brought up the issue in Saskatoon at the annual meeting of Canada’s premiers, which is to wrap up later Thursday.

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver told reporters his territory successfully negotiated a carbon pricing system with Ottawa and that anyone running for political leadership better have a plan to deal with climate change.

“As we’re sitting here having this conversation, my riding in Klondike has massive forest fires raging right now,” said Silver.

“Every region and every territory, every province needs to have a comprehensive plan.”

Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod said people in the North are living with the effects of a changing climate.

“We see it as an important job for us is to educate people in the south that their actions are having a big effect on us.”

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq said his territory, which relies on diesel for electricity, is responsible for less than one per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

The three premiers also underscored the need for a national plan to protect Arctic sovereignty and for funding to tackle issues like high food costs and inadequate housing and access to health care.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is hosting the meeting of The Council of the Federation, which has also included discussions on trade barriers and pipelines.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday that he is trying to work with Quebec Premier Francois Legault on moving oil through the province by pipeline as part of a future energy corridor like Energy East.

But Legault told reporters there is no “social acceptability” in Quebec for oil pipelines.

Kenney said he believes Legault understands the financial pain Albertans are feeling and that provinces receiving equalization payments should help develop resources that pay the bills in the federation.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has also said he plans to express his concerns with Legault about Quebec’s new law that bans public servants in positions of power from wearing religious symbols.

Just Posted

The best caesar in Canada can be found in Sylvan Lake

Kjeryn Dakin’s Tragically Hips caesar won the national Best Caesar in Town competition

Family says five found dead after Alberta fire were couple and their grandkids

ROCHFORT BRIDGE, Alta. — The family of five people whose bodies were… Continue reading

Rescue dogs come to Canada in search of forever families

There were dozens of dogs in the back of the van travelling… Continue reading

WATCH: Parkland Garden Centre hosts weekly Craft and Market Sale

A weekly event hosted by the Parkland Nurseries Garden Centre gives Red… Continue reading

WATCH: CP Holiday Train supports Lacombe Food Bank

Madeline Merlo and JUNO Award nominee Scott Helman both performed

Your community calendar

Friday The Annual Old-Fashioned Country Christmas is being held Dec. 13 at… Continue reading

Quebec Premier Francois Legault heads to Hollywood to talk carbon and business

LOS ANGELES — After a tumultous legislature session, Quebec Premier Francois Legault… Continue reading

Conservatives urge Morneau to deliver ‘urgent’ fall economic update

OTTAWA — The Conservatives are calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to… Continue reading

Flames edge Kings 4-3 to remain unbeaten under interim head coach Geoff Ward

CALGARY — From his contributions on the scoresheet to his role in… Continue reading

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world… Continue reading

Google taps into Montreal’s rich gaming industry for first-party Stadia content

Sebastien Puel has seen Montreal evolve into a game development powerhouse over… Continue reading

Man dead after lengthy standoff with RCMP at home northeast of Calgary

COCHRANE, Alta. — A man in Alberta has died after an officer… Continue reading

Turkey trouble: Quebec village looks to dump wild bird running afoul in town

MONTREAL — In the small Quebec town of St-Prosper-de-Champlain — population 552… Continue reading

Most Read