The provincial government, however, is keeping its review, announced in 2015, on pause.
The Saskatchewan NDP is calling out the provincial government for shelving its planned potash royalty review, saying the only way to ensure fairness is to overhaul a complex system that has not undergone significant change in a decade.
Ryan Meili, who first floated the idea late last year, is the latest in a succession of NDP leaders and academics to question whether Saskatchewan potash producers are contributing enough to the provincial treasury.
“You’re going to want to make sure that whatever is happening is to the best interests of Saskatchewan people. It’s unlikely that the right decision would result in less money for us,” Meili said Monday.
“I don’t think that there’s a bad time to have a look at the industry, see what the market is doing, see what the projections are, and try and figure out the fairest system,” the Saskatoon Meewasin MLA added.
It’s unclear what a review would find — “That’s the question we want to have asked,” Meili said — but a recent Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy paper concluded potash producers have been paying a lower average effective tax rate.
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