Pallister government takes Ottawa to court over carbon tax

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister confirmed Wednesday that his province will be taking legal action against the federal government and its imposition of the carbon tax.

“Last year, our government received legal advice the federal government has the constitutional power to impose a carbon tax, but only on provinces that do not implement plans of their own,” Pallister says. “The result was our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, which is better for Manitoba’s economy, and better for our environment.”

This move comes after the provincial government pushed for the federal government’s assurance that it would not impose its tax on Manitobans.

“Ottawa acknowledged that our plan is the best in Canada, but they would not provide the assurance we sought,” Pallister added.  “They stated they would impose their higher – and rising – carbon tax on Manitobans.  They have now done this, despite granting special treatment and exemptions to other provinces.

The premiere calls the move by the Liberal government unfair to Manitobans and says it threatens jobs and economic growth.

“It makes it more expensive to feed our families and keep them warm during the winter. It hurts northern Manitobans. It hurts our agricultural industry and transportation sector,” he says.

“There is no justification for the federal government to have rejected Manitoba’s plan while approving less effective plans from other provinces.”

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