Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan considers our province's specific priorities, challenges and opportunities, and commits to reducing our emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, a target that aligns with the Federal Government's Paris commitments, without imposing a carbon tax on the vulnerable groups in our province.

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

The tax imposed by the federal government went into effect Monday in Manitoba.

Pallister told media Wednesday his government's plan, called the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, means the federal government can not impose their tax when the province already has a viable plan.

Pallister wouldn't directly answer if there's any chance Manitoba could wind up replacing the federal levy with the $25 flat tax.

Ontario is part of a coalition of provinces pledged to fight the federal government's unconstitutional carbon tax.

Carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($14.97) per ton. "If some Conservative politicians choose to not do what's right for our climate and our kids, we will", wrote federal parliamentary secretary Terry Duguid, in an emailed statement. "A court challenge is going to do nothing to help us fight climate change in Manitoba", said Kinew.

Pallister called the decision to sue a sad one. "The result was our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, which is better for Manitoba's economy, and better for our environment".

Two years ago, Pallister obtained a legal opinion from constitutional expert Bryan Schwartz. Ontario's case challenging the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax will be heard by the Court of Appeal from April 15 to 18, 2019.

He also pointed to the federal election set for October. "While the federal government is making you pay GST on top of this tax starting today, our government has ensured that you will not be paying PST on the federal carbon tax". PST is not applied to natural gas, and SaskEnergy customers will not pay PST on top of the federal carbon tax.

"I do not want to prejudice the legitimacy of our court case by getting in to hypotheticals", he said.

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