Saskatchewan

Pierre Poilievre promises to scrap 'anti-energy laws' during CPC leadership campaign stop in Sask.

Former Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer attended Pierre Poilievre's announcement on Friday morning in Regina.

Poilievre promises to repeal Bill C-48, Bill C-69 and end carbon pricing if able to form government

Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre visits Brandt Tractor in Regina, Sask., on March 4, 2022. (Matt Duguid/CBC News)

Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre stressed his commitment to repealing three pieces of legislation that the Liberal government enacted with the goal of combating climate change during a visit to Saskatchewan on Friday.

"Right now, we have anti-energy laws in this country that are preventing people from harvesting our resources and bringing them responsibly to market," Poilievre said during a news conference at Brandt Tractor in Regina. 

Along with a commitment to repealing Bill C-69, the nation's current environmental assessment law, and Bill C-48, a bill prohibiting oil tankers of a certain size docking along B.C.'s north coast, Poilievre said he'd move to scrap the federal carbon pricing scheme. 

These pieces of legislation have been cornerstones in the Liberal government's plan to deal with climate change, but have being widely criticized by the energy industry. 

They've also been opposed by Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. 

Poilievre said a government under him would "put in place clear targets for carbon emission reduction" and give "provinces the freedom to decide how they meet those targets."

That would include plans to incentivize carbon-capture and storage technology as well as small modular nuclear reactors. 

"There are countless other ways that we can combat climate change without a tax," Poilievre said. 

Support from Sask. politicians

The MP for the Ottawa-area riding of Carleton made the announcements at a series of events in Saskatchewan on Thursday and Friday as he campaigns to become the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. 

At each stop in Saskatchewan, Poilievre has been accompanied by a black placard that reads "Pierre Poilievre for Prime Minister."

Poilievre has received a warm welcome by Saskatchewan politicians, including by Regina—Wascana MP Michael Kram and Saskatoon—University MP Corey Tochor. 

Moe and Regina-Qu'Apelle MP Andrew Scheer were also photographed with Poilievre on Friday.

Poilievre congratulated Moe for ending all COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in the province as of Feb. 28. 

Scheer, the former federal Conservative leader, attended Poilievre's announcement on Friday morning in Regina and is expected to attend a so-called freedom rally this evening. 

Candidates interested in running for the CPC leadership must sign up by April 19 and pay an entry fee of $200,000 on top of a refundable $100,000 deposit.

The final result of the race will be announced on Sept. 10.

Corrections

  • A previous version of this story stated there is a non-refundable $10,000 deposit for CPC leadership candidates. In fact it is a $100,000 refundable deposit.
    Mar 07, 2022 11:23 AM CT

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