The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled in a split decision that the tax imposed on provinces without a carbon price of their own is constitutional.
McKenna quickly turned the win into a political challenge, asking Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and conservative premiers who oppose federal carbon pricing when they will "stop the partisan games and join in on serious and effective climate action". "In three provincial elections in the past year, the party which supported the Trudeau Carbon Tax lost and the party standing up for its citizens by opposing the Trudeau Carbon Tax won".
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has said Saskatchewan will appeal a decision in favour of the carbon tax to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ontario is part of a coalition of provinces, including Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick, pledged to fight the federal government's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. This allows the federal government to legislate on matters of national importance that have a "singleness, distinctiveness and indivisibility" that clearly distinguishes them from distinctly provincial issues.
Over a two-day hearing in February, Saskatchewan argued that the question wasn't one of climate change, but rather the division of power. "We will not miss a chance to stand up for the people of Ontario against this unfair tax", said Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.
"Our initial reaction is that this narrow, split decision is far from the broad victory the federal government sought and we are glad all five justices rejected the federal government's claim for a sweeping power to regulate GHG emissions in the provinces", he said. "The federal carbon tax forces individuals, families and small business owners to pay more to heat their homes or drive to work".Читайте также: Jobless rate falls to 49-year low of 3
Trudeau, citing worldwide commitments on global warming, four years ago campaigned on a promise to introduce a plan to fight climate change, and on April 1 he slapped a federal tax on the four provinces that had refused to introduce their own carbon-reduction plan.
The federally imposed tax of $20 a tonne took effect in Manitoba April 1.
He said the decision will serve as "persuasive authority" that will be closely examined by other provinces waging their own legal battles against the federal tax.
Ontario has proposed an emissions performance standards regulation for large emitters that recognizes the unique circumstances of Ontario's economy and its manufacturing sector. "By pulling the rug out from under all of the investments in clean technology and the incentives our rebate system and small business tax cuts - by pulling the rug out from under all those initiatives Jason Kenney will, at the same time, be rolling out the red carpet for the federal Liberals to impose their plan".
"We have filed for a judicial review not just on constitutional grounds but also on the grounds that Canada acted unfairly by rejecting our plan despite granting special treatment and exemptions to other provinces", said Cullen.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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