Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault yesterday threatened criminal sanctions against coal-burning provinces that fail to comply with climate change regulations. His remarks came a day after Saskatchewan’s Premier said the province will run its coal and gas-fired power plants so long as they’re useful.

“What kind of penalties would Saskatchewan face if they don’t phase out coal?” asked a reporter. “We have regulated the ban on coal through the Canadian Environmental Protection Act which is a criminal tool that the federal government has,” replied Guilbeault. “Not complying with this regulation would be a violation of Canada’s Criminal Code.”

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