The premier of Saskatchewan has suggested a recent first minister’s meeting felt like it could have happened in an alternate universe.
Back in the province Tuesday, Brad Wall told 650 CKOM host John Gormley it seemed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t know the U.S. elected a new president on Nov. 8.
“Perhaps it’s a rejection of the reality, or a refusal to accept that things changed in the U.S. a couple weeks ago – whether we like it or not,” he said.
The meeting saw the federal government and all provinces, except Saskatchewan and Manitoba, sign on to a national price on carbon.
But even Manitoba’s Brian Pallister was in favour of pricing carbon – he just wanted a deal on healthcare spending first.
Wall said looking at president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, it’s clear which direction the U.S. is likely to go.
“The Americans will not be imposing a tax. And we compete with them for investment and, of course, for jobs,” he said.
For Wall, the message he heard Friday seemed to ignore the fact Trump is going to be president.
“We had Joe Biden there, of all people, to give us an update on the American situation. The outgoing vice-president,” Wall said.