Agriculture minister reflects on 2018

By Alice McFarlane
December 28, 2018 - 10:20am

Provincial Agriculture Minister David Marit is reflecting on a busy 2018, and what promises to be an interesting 2019.

New trespass legislation was introduced at the legislature's recent sitting.

Marit said it's a safety issue for not only the land owner but also for those wanting to gain access to rural property.

"We strongly felt and believe that (the legislation) was the right thing to do," he said. "It's going to obviously give our enforcement officers some means to... if they see somebody on the property, on land at night or whatever, they'll have the right now to stop and ask 'What are you doing? and do you have permission?' and things like that. So I think it's important that we did this and it's going to provide some on people that want to get access to property."

Heading into 2019, Marit said the province will continue its fight against the carbon tax.

Marit said the tax would be harmful to the farm industry.

"It would cost the farmers in this province an awful lot of money," he said . "Over the years, if they get to the maximum of $50 a ton in carbon, that's just something that we can't, as farmers, take the brunt of anymore."

Marit added the tax would affect all aspects of agriculture.

"You're looking at fuel, you're looking at fertilizers and chemicals, now it's also... grain transportation, rail transportation there will be added fees, trucking, it just goes on and on," he said.

Marit said the province will continue its fight against the carbon tax.

The case will be heard in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal February 13 and 14.

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