The Saskatchewan Party government announced how it would measure prairie resilience, and while the opposition NDP supported bringing about a way to measure how the province can handle climate change, they are saying it should have been done long ago.
Yens Pedersen is the environment critic, and said when the Prairie Resilience plan was made, it didn't have much data included.
"That's a step in the right direction, and we decided to support the new legislation, or the amendments to the legislation they brought forward, because again, it at least is a step in the right direction. But ultimately, this is all 11 years late. They've been in government now for 11 years. When they came into government one of the very first things they did was they gutted the, I think it was almost $100 million green fund that the NDP had established, they got rid of the climate change office, so it's been 11 years of inaction."
Pedersen added that if the government had developed a "more-robust plan" already, they might not have had to deal with the federal government implementing a carbon tax.
"You can't predict what someone else is going to do, but if you actually had a robust strategy to actually reduce greenhouse gases, then at that point you've got a pretty good both legal and political leg to stand on to say that pricing doesn't need to happen here because you've already got a regulatory approach," said Pedersen.
The Supreme Court of Canada is supposed to hear Saskatchewan's case against a federally-imposed carbon tax in 2019.
Pedersen said his party isn't "necessarily for or against" a carbon tax, and called Moe's battle with the carbon tax his way of distracting the public from his party's record in office.
Pedersen also said that the prairie resilience plan focuses too much on adapting to climate change, and not enough on preventing it.