ONTARIO TO JOIN COURT CHALLENGE TO FEDERAL CARBON TAX PLAN
Jul 19, 2018
By Bob Komsic
As premiers and territorial leaders began their meeting at the Council of the Federation in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Doug Ford announced Ontario is on the ”exact same page” as Saskatchewan in opposing Ottawa’s carbon pricing policy.
Ford says Ontario will intervene in Saskatchewan’s court case against the policy, adding the province will use every tool at its disposal to challenge a tax he considers bad for families and businesses.
Host premier Brian Gallant says he plans to proceed with a carbon pricing scheme in his province, but will be watching what happens to the court challenge, although he’s heard it’s unlikely to hold up.
Ottawa has said it would impose a carbon price on those provinces that don’t come up with plans to fight climate change.
Ontario’s scrapping its cap-and-trade scheme but has not yet announced a new strategy to lower carbon emissions.