Saskatchewan and Manitoba are heading to court to get involved in a case based in B.C.
In a media release Tuesday, the Saskatchewan government said it was joining Manitoba in seeking leave in federal court to intervene in a judicial review of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s new gateway infrastructure fees.
“As a province that depends heavily on exports, Saskatchewan wants to ensure that the full impact of new port fees on key sectors of our economy is taken into consideration,” Bronwyn Eyre, Saskatchewan’s justice minister and attorney general, said in the release.
“These fees could significantly increase costs for Saskatchewan goods moving through the Port of Vancouver and diminish Canada’s overall global competitiveness.”
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s new fees took effect January 1. The government said the fees range from eight to 40 cents per tonne for bulk, non-containerized cargo such as potash and grain – two of Saskatchewan’s biggest exports.
Read more in an article from 650 CKOM.