Supreme Court rules Canada's carbon tax is constitutional

Discouragement and celebration: How some are responding to the carbon tax decision

Kenney said today two-thirds of Albertans continue to oppose a carbon tax.

Not that Kenney is admitting that, yet.

Lewis predicted that by 2030, when the carbon tax hits $170 per tonne, it'll cost an extra $12.50 to produce an acre of wheat.

When asked if he'd now introduce an Alberta-based price on carbon emissions, Kenney tap danced around the issue. "There are a number of different options that we will be considering".

Notley said Albertans have been paying for that decision, contributing since the start of 2020 to a federal backstop plan rather than a made-in-Alberta program that could have delivered a bigger bang for its economy. He could theoretically use some imaginative legal grounds to launch another challenge against the federal policy but that would be akin to banging his head against the wall.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe speaks at a press conference at the Legislative Building in Regina, March 25, 2021.

Premier Scott Moe released a statement following the decision, maintaining that he feels the federal carbon tax is bad for the environment and economy.

"Quebec's cap-and-trade system, for example, has an imputed cost of about $20 a tonne versus the federal carbon tax now in effect in Alberta, which has been sustained by the decision, which will go up to $40 a tonne on April the first", Kenney explained.

Premier Jason Kenney has said he is disappointed with the ruling but the province will continue to fight the carbon tax.

Meanwhile, opposition leaders praised the ruling, calling the court battle a "pricey war on climate action" and a "a political power play at the taxpayers' expense".

Alberta had its own consumer carbon tax under Notley when she was premier.

They deliberately ignored the court's lengthy argument on the need to deal with global warming.

"This matter is critical to our response to an existential threat to human life".

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Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario had challenged the federal tax in court, arguing it was an unconstitutional intrusion on provincial rights to manage their resources.

The court ruling is not an attack on provincial rights but an admission that provinces don't always have the nation's best interest at heart.

He noted that the three provinces that challenged the ruling also withdrew from the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

The Supreme Court's ruling is undoubtedly a win for environmentalists, including Paul Kershaw, a UBC professor and the founder of Generation Squeeze.

Kenney is still turning up his nose.

Kenney referenced the Peace Order and Good Government Clause, which the federal government used to anchor the carbon tax.

Mr. Meili said in an interview Friday that while he's agnostic about the exact carbon-pricing mechanisms the government chooses, they must result in emissions reductions. Klein knew he couldn't win fights against the GST and same-sex marriage but in the shake-your-fist-at-the-clouds strategy it wasn't the destination but the angry journey that counted. The province was among a number of intervenors in the case on behalf of the federal government.

I may have missed something but I don't think the supreme court mentioned anything about punishing people.

Canada produces more greenhouse gas per capita than nearly all the world's top emitters.

He said the provincial government should now be putting a "real plan" together to bring Saskatchewan's emissions down to hit the national targets. "Therefore, a provincial failure to act directly threatens Canada as a whole".

The province has also applied to Ottawa to move its electricity and natural gas Crown corporations under Saskatchewan's own emissions regulations, so they are not subject to federal rules.

Until recently, provincial resistance to the carbon tax was, to some extent, bolstered by climate-backtracking in the USA under former President Donald Trump, which in turn fed fears energy investment would flow south.

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