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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe's hopes of delaying an appeal on the federal carbon tax was shot down by the Supreme Court of Canada.JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.

The province says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan.14.

The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring.

It argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.

Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.

Meanwhile, a provincial spokesman says Saskatchewan respects Prince Edward Island’s decision to withdraw from the case.

Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.

A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.

“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday.

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said last month his province was joining the court challenge because it wanted to have a chance to speak to the issue if necessary.

He said at the time he didn’t want to be perceived as another Progressive Conservative premier joining other provincial conservative leaders fighting the federal government’s carbon tax.

Jim Billington, a spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s office, says the island initially intervened in case to reserve the right to participate in the proceedings on either side of the debate.

“We are encouraged by the support of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and New Brunswick in our case, and we respect PEI’s decision not to intervene,” he said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

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