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Ken Grey's Commentary

CBC Saskatchewan News article June 30, 2019

No matter how you play this, these court rulings have put the provinces in a vulnerable position. Its not so much the insidious carbon tax that is at stake as it is provincial autonomy. The feds now have two lower court rulings that give them the authority to dictate fiscal policy to the provinces. The chance of a provincial victory at the federal court is less likely although thankfully not impossible.

Clearly when you place a purely political question before the courts you lose the benefit of reaching an agreement that both sides could live with in the end. Now we face the stark contrast of the federal government with the legal authority to impose its will. Perhaps this is what Moe wanted. Perhaps they are gambling that Scheer wins in October and these stunts will be moot in practice and give Moe that stature as a politician who stands for the province. After all why not use Government resources to do your bidding. It wouldn't be the first time Moe threatened legal action to aid his friends or party.

The end result of all this will likely be a loss at the Supreme Court and then Saskatchewan will join Jason Kenney in a referendum on equalization. The writing is on the wall for this to happen.