Manitoba to challenge Ottawa's carbon tax in court

Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

"We're going to court - sadly", he told reporters, after refusing for months to commit to a court challenge after surprisingly withdrawing his own carbon tax scheme.

"Our government has been clear in its court challenge that we believe the imposition of the federal carbon tax is a violation of the Constitution and has no place in Saskatchewan". Such plans are necessary if Canada is to meet its worldwide commitments to fight global warming, he said. It will increase the price of gasoline in Ontario by 4.4 cents per litre.

Manitoba had developed its own plan which included a flat carbon tax of $25 per tonne but backed away from the tax portion when the federal government said they would impose rates on the province that were equal to the federal rates. "This is another example of the federal government making it more hard for Saskatchewan businesses to be competitive", Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said.

The feds plan to raise that by $10 per tonne each year until 2022.

"There is no justification for the federal government to have rejected Manitoba's plan while approving less effective plans from other provinces". The premier dropped that plan when the federal government said it was not good enough.

Both Liberal leader Dougald Lamont and Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew alleged the court challenge is a waste of taxpayers' money.

As outlined in Ontario's environment plan, the province is committed to meeting its share of Canada's 2030 target while recognizing the unique circumstances of our economy.

Carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($14.97) per ton. PST is not applied to natural gas, and SaskEnergy customers will not pay PST on top of the federal carbon tax. "If some Conservative politicians choose to not do what's right for our climate and our kids, we will", Duguid said in a written statement provided by the office of Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.

Pallister said Manitoba's challenge could take two years or more before it is heard, and may not be necessary if the Saskatchewan or Ontario governments win their cases.

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