Saskatchewan carbon-tax ruling a victory for the planet, environment minister says

The federal carbon tax is constitutional, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rules

In his email, Cullen said the province received legal advice previous year that while the federal government has the constitutional power to impose a carbon tax, it can only do so on provinces that do not implement plans of their own.

A 155-page decision was handed down Friday afternoon.

"Today's decision is a win for Canadians and for future generations", Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said in Ottawa.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, who has said a carbon tax hurts his province economically, confirmed there will be an appeal.

Mr Trudeau, citing worldwide commitments on global warming, four years ago campaigned on a promise to introduce a plan to fight climate change, and on April 1, he slapped a federal tax on the four provinces that had refused to introduce their own carbon-reduction plans.

Ontario continues to stand united with the government of Saskatchewan and remains committed to using all available resources to oppose the federal government's carbon tax, including through the courts.

In a decision issued Friday, the court found that requiring a national price on carbon pollution fell within federal jurisdiction under the national concern branch of its peace, order and good government (POGG) power stipulated in the Canadian Constitution.

Kenney calls it a "carbon tax cash grab" and says he will support Ontario when in court.

Ontario's reference challenging the constitutionality of the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act was heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal from April 15 to 18, 2019, and the court is considering its decision.

It argued a carbon tax is unconstitutional because it's not applied evenly across the country and oversteps into provincial jurisdiction.

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The Ford government argued that the provinces, not the federal government, have the primary responsibility to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and that the regulatory charges the act seeks to impose are in fact unconstitutional disguised taxation.

The two dissenting judges said it is "constitutionally repugnant" for Ottawa to exercise its power to control measures taken by provinces on emissions.

"It is a dispute about what the right numbers are and who gets to decide what they are".

"This series isn't over yet".

"Ultimately, this will be decided by the voters in the federal election".

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs promised to join what he said will "almost certainly" be an appeal to the Supreme Court for its opinion.

Manitoba filed papers in Federal Court last week for its own challenge. "There is no legal justification for the federal government to have rejected Manitoba's plan while approving less effective plans from other provinces".

"We have filed for a judicial review, not just on constitutional grounds, but also on the grounds that Canada acted unfairly by rejecting our plan." he said.

Unlike those provinces, Manitoba had proposed an alternate carbon tax plan - a flat price of $25 per tonne that would not rise.

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