Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

Pallister government to launch court challenge against federal carbon tax

Pallister said he would withdraw his court challenge if either the joint Ontario-Saskatchewan court challenge succeeds or the Trudeau government is defeated in the next federal election. Premier Brian Pallister has been vocal in his opposition to the tax and announced in October that Manitoba would not charge one, an about-face from previously announced plans to charge a flat carbon tax of $25 per-tonne. "This is another example of the federal government making it more hard for Saskatchewan businesses to be competitive", Finance Minister Donna Harpauer said. PST is not applied to natural gas, and SaskEnergy customers will not pay PST on top of the federal carbon tax.

The Government of Saskatchewan is ensuring Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is not charged on top of the federal government's carbon tax on SaskPower and SaskEnergy utility bills.

Manitoba has joined a list of conservative-led provinces challenging the federal government's backstop carbon tax in court.

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

"We know that a court challenge will do nothing to fight climate change in Manitoba, and our children demand better", Kinew said in the legislature. "They stated they would impose their higher - and rising - carbon tax on Manitobans". The premier also accuses Ottawa of giving other provinces carbon pricing exemptions that Manitoba didn't get.

Saskatchewan and Ontario have already undertaken their own court challenges.

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

The Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commits to reducing our province's emissions output to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 without imposing a carbon tax.

"Carbon pollution shouldn't be a partisan issue".

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

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