Saskatchewan’s carbon tax numbers are in and the answer is … reporting errors

January, 2019

The Government of Saskatchewan is challenging the federal government in court over its plan to implement a tax on greenhouse gas emissions. Saskatchewan opposes the federal plan in part because it claims the economic costs of the carbon tax would be catastrophic.

We took a close look at Saskatchewan’s analysis, and the numbers simply don’t add up. Our best guess is that Saskatchewan’s own modelling suggests that the impacts of a carbon tax have been overstated by multiple orders of magnitude!

Their news release highlights that a carbon tax would reduce GDP growth by up to 2.43%. But their own supporting analysis appears to suggest a reduction of only 0.13% between 2017 and 2022.

Read the full brief here.

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