Don’t expect to see Saskatchewan’s Crown Investments Minister Dustin Duncan slapped in handcuffs and hauled off to jail by Ottawa over carbon tax non-payment, even if that’s a theoretical possibility, say experts.

There are other ways than incarceration that the political showdown could play out after Saskatchewan’s refusal to pay the carbon tax on natural gas.

“I don’t think any government wants to make a martyr of their opponent,” Ken Coates, a MacDonald Laurier Institute distinguished fellow and professor of indigenous governance at Yukon University, told The Epoch Times. “And [arrest] would certainly be a martyrdom of the highest order.”

In theory, jail is possible for Mr. Duncan, whose portfolio makes him the provincial point man in the dispute. Penalties under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act include fines and potential jail time.

However, Nelson Wiseman, professor emeritus in political science at the University of Toronto, shares the view that jail is not in the cards.

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