Saskatchewan is squabbling again with Ottawa — this time over an event space at a climate conference in Dubai.
The province says because Ottawa rejected most of its proposals, it decided to pull out of participating in the federal Liberal government’s pavilion at the COP28 conference, set for later this month.
The province then decided to purchase its own pavilion for $765,000.
Jim Reiter, the provincial energy minister, said last week the federal government accepted a proposal from Saskatchewan to have a reception at Ottawa’s pavilion.
However, he said Ottawa offered the province 45 minutes for the reception. It also rejected the province’s nine other proposals, which he said included panels led by industry leaders.
Reiter said there are 40 Saskatchewan companies and organizations accompanying Premier Scott Moe and four other government staff on the trip.
He said Saskatchewan wants to showcase the companies’ sustainability efforts.
“We want to give …