The federal government has an ally in their fight for the carbon tax.
On Tuesday, the British Columbia government announced they’d support the feds carbon pricing plan by acting as an intervenor in the court case against Saskatchewan and Ontario.
“We will be arguing that both federal and provincial governments have an important role to play in relation to regulating greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change,” said B.C Attorney General David Eby.
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The two provinces, led by Premier Scott Moe and Premier Doug Ford, have both expressed their disdain for the tax, launching their legal challenges based on the constitutionality to levy a federal tax on selective provinces and not others
The decision from Victoria didn’t catch Saskatchewan’s Justice Minister off guard.
“We think the carbon tax is completely counterproductive to that, so I’m not surprised at all that BC came out and indicated that they were going to join in the challenge the other way,” said Don Morgan.
Saskatchewan and BC have had differences as of late, especially as it regards to the energy sector. They’ve been opposed to the federal government’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to Burnaby. Saskatchewan has supported the sector and the project, which Morgan reiterated again Tuesday after Question Period.
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“BC has taken a hardline position all along on pipelines, on energy and our position has been that we’re in the energy business.”
Saskatchewan’s case is set to be heard in February 2019, with Ontario’s case slated to go two months later in April.