Supreme Court's carbon tax ruling 'erodes provincial jurisdiction,' Kenney says

By Nigel Maxwell	
		A green industry		Carbon tax poised to hurt farmers says Sask. elected leaders

Canada's national carbon tax will remain intact after the country's Supreme Court ruled in favour of its legality.

"We're going to consider all options here, listen to Albertans and see what they want us to do".

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he's not deterred by the ruling, saying the carbon tax is "bad environmental policy, bad economic policy, and simply wrong".

The split decision upholds a pivotal part of the Liberal climate-change plan that accounts for at least one-third of the emissions Canada aims to cut over the next decade.

In the written ruling, Chief Justice Richard Wagner called climate change a real danger and said evidence shows a price on pollution is a critical element in addressing it.

Given that, said Wagner, Canada's evidence that this is a matter of national concern, is sound.

"The undisputed existence of a threat to the future of humanity can not be ignored", Wagner wrote.

"In the absence of a federal law binding the provinces, there is nothing whatsoever to protect individual provinces or the country as a whole from the consequences of one province's decision, in exercising its authority, to take insufficient action to control (greenhouse gas emissions), or to take no steps at all", the decision says.

"Find other differences to disagree with the government on and create a true cross-partisan consensus on how to attack climate change in Canada", Butts said.

"This decision does not make that tax any less punitive to the single mom, trying to put gas in her auto to take her kids to daycare", he said. "He only quoted from people who agreed with the Alberta government".

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It sets minimum pricing standards for provinces to meet. "It was not identified in the constitution", he told CTV News Edmonton. The United Conservative government repealed that not long after forming government.

"This is part of his "fight back" strategy, but aside from winning the 2019 election, nearly every subsequent fight they've lost".

"The government lost at the Appeals Court, they lost at the Supreme Court", states Tabuns.

"Where's the win from this "fight back" strategy?"

To that end, Moe explained his government is putting together a proposal for the federal government with plans to reduce emissions that are meant to replace the carbon tax, as the province has always had the opportunity to do.

Governments in three provinces - Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan - argue that the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions should not be dictated by the federal government. The court dismissed the challenge in a 3-2 ruling.

The government then chose to take the matter to the Supreme Court.

"Just because the court says that the federal government can punish people for filling up their gas tanks and driving to work and heating their homes, doesn't mean that the federal government should do that".

"In each province, the legislature may exclusively make laws in relation to (a) exploration for non-renewable natural resources in the province; (b) development, conservation and management of non-renewable natural resources and forestry resources in the province, including laws in relation to the rate of primary production therefrom; and (c) development, conservation and management of sites and facilities in the province for the generation and production of electrical energy."

"Or does he just hope no one pays attention to that?" Fuel for that would be exempt if possible, according to Moe, and the province would be looking to refund as much of the carbon tax as possible at the outset.

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