At the 11th hour, one more province joined in the fray to fight the carbon tax.
Friday marked the final day for organizations and provinces to file for intervenor status in Saskatchewan’s reference case against the federal carbon tax policy, something the government in New Brunswick did. The province, under the leadership of a new Progressive Conservative government, announced they’d filed a notice of intervention.
They join Ontario, also under a PC government headed by Doug Ford, who’s also moved to challenge the tax in court.
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“Our argument is you that you can’t levy a tax at a different rate in a different province,” said Justice Minister Don Morgan, maintaining the basis of their case remains the same.
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The tax has long been a point of contention for Premier Scott Moe and the Sask Party, who’s labelled the rebates coming from it a “vote-buying scheme.”
Now, with more provinces rising to join Saskatchewan’s court challenge, Morgan thinks more people are realizing the Trudeau government might be going about this in the wrong way.
“I think people are starting to realize that the tool the federal government has used is not the best tool to do this,” he said. “I think people are now saying ‘ok, let’s start looking at some other options. Let’s sit down with the feds and try working something out.'”
Morgan hopes this case tells the feds their action is unlawful.
“If they choose to do a different approach, we’re hoping that they’ll be collaborative and they’ll sit down and say ‘what’s our overall goal? What do we need to do reduce emissions by the target date of 2030, 2050?'”
New Brunswick isn’t the first party to throw their hat into this ring this week. Earlier, an announcement came from Victoria that the BC NDP government is supporting the policy by acting as intervenor in the court case.
“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 Attorney General David Eby.