New Poll Shows Strong Opposition In Saskatchewan to Federal Carbon Tax

January 17, 2017


A new province-wide Insightrix poll conducted last week shows a strong majority of Saskatchewan people oppose Justin Trudeau’s plan to impose a federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan. 

When asked - “Do you support or oppose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to impose a carbon tax on Saskatchewan?” - 73 per cent of respondents said they opposed the Trudeau carbon tax (56 per cent were strongly opposed), while just 27 per cent supported a carbon tax (just 9 per cent were strongly supportive).

Premier Brad Wall has been standing up for Saskatchewan by opposing the Trudeau carbon tax.

“This poll shows that our government’s position is the same as a large majority of Saskatchewan people,” Wall said.  “Saskatchewan people know that now is not the time for a carbon tax that will harm our economy and kill jobs in Saskatchewan. 

“The Saskatchewan Party government and MLAs will continue to stand up for Saskatchewan by opposing this ill-conceived federal carbon tax.  At the same time, we will continue to work toward solutions to climate change through innovation and adaptation, not taxation.”

Wall said the Saskatchewan NDP, like their counterparts in Alberta, support a carbon tax.

“In a recent vote in the Legislature, the NDP refused to support our government position opposing the carbon tax,” Wall said.  “This poll shows that once again, the NDP is out of touch and out of step with the vast majority of Saskatchewan people.”

The poll was commissioned by the SaskParty and conducted by Insightrix Research, who surveyed 803 respondents online from its online panel of Saskatchewan residents between the dates of January 9 to 12, 2017.  Quotas were set by age, gender and region to match the general population of the province.  Since the research is conducted online, it is considered to be a non-probability proportion sample and therefore, margins of error are not applicable.