Canada imposes new carbon tax on four provinces

Manitoba will challenge federal carbon tax in court

Pallister government to launch court challenge against federal carbon tax

Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick refused federal instructions to enact their own carbon levies.

Four Canadian provinces have pledged to fight a new carbon tax imposed by the federal government after they had defied Ottawa's push to fight climate change, Kallanish Energy reports.

"We hope that, regardless of what happens in court, Manitobans aren't stuck with a carbon tax", he said.

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Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, were at Halton Healthcare - Milton District Hospital today to talk about how the federal government's carbon tax will impact local hospitals by increasing heating costs. It will increase the price of gasoline in Ontario by 4.4 cents per litre.

"Even as our government is fighting this harmful tax in court, the federal government is imposing their carbon tax on Saskatchewan families, communities, and businesses", Premier Scott Moe said. "They stated they would impose their higher - and rising - carbon tax on Manitobans".

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

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Pallister would not say whether he will revive the $25 carbon tax he originally planned if the federal levy is struck down.

Carbon pollution will initially cost C$20 ($14.97) per ton.

"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.

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In 2017, the Pallister government obtained a legal opinion that found that while the federal government has the authority to impose a carbon tax, an equally effective provincial plan to reduce emissions "might actually succeed" in court. Ontario's case challenging the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax will be heard by the Court of Appeal from April 15 to 18, 2019.

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