Manitoba is gearing up for a fight over Carbon Tax

Mindy Sparks
April 5, 2019

The Manitoba government will launch a legal challenge aimed at the federal government's decision to impose its carbon tax on Manitobans.

Manitoba had developed its own plan which included a flat carbon tax of $25 per tonne but backed away from the tax portion when the federal government said they would impose rates on the province that were equal to the federal rates.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had stated for two years that he would slap the carbon tax on any province that failed to prepare its own plan by the April 1 deadline.

Pallister said Manitoba's challenge will be different because the province had planned to bring in a carbon tax of its own, but at a lower $25 per tonne rate that would not rise each year. This conduct by the federal government is unfair to Manitobans. The premier dropped that plan when the federal government said it was not good enough.

"Carbon pollution shouldn't be a partisan issue. A court challenge is going to do nothing to help us fight climate change in Manitoba", said Kinew. "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.

Manitoba NDP Opposition Leader Wab Kinew called Pallister's court challenge frivolous.

The Made In Ontario Environment Plan was introduced in the legislature last November, and is making its way through the legislative process now. This condition simply points out the unfairness of this regressive and punitive tax, as the fact is, Saskatchewan has a climate-change plan in place, and this province is being unfairly targetted and penalized with a deeply hurtful tax simply because carbon pricing was not applied.

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

Ottawa said the money raised by the carbon tax will be returned to Canadians in the form of rebates.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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