Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Rules Federal Carbon Tax Imposed on Province is Constitutional

Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna taking questions from media Friday

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says his government will look into an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canada's Environment Minister is calling out the country's conservative politicians who oppose the carbon tax.
 
Catherine McKenna spoke to media Friday after the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled the carbon tax imposed on the province by Ottawa is constitutional.
 
She says the decision confirms that putting a price on carbon pollution and returning the revenues to Canadians through the Climate Action Incentive Rebate is not only constitutional, it is an effective and essential part of any serious response to the global challenge of climate change. 
 
McKenna also called out a handful of politicians by name, saying it's time for Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, new Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and federal Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer, to get on board with the climate change initiative.
 
Saskatchewan did have its own carbon plan but didn't include a price on carbon as per the federal government's criteria.
 
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he's disappointed with the ruling but the fight will continue as his government looks to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.
 
As for implications in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney says his team is reviewing the ruling.
 
He says his initial reaction is that the narrow, 3-2 split decision is far from the broad victory the federal government was looking for and his government will be joining Saskatchewan in their appeal.
 
Kenney adds the decision's application to Alberta remains to be seen says but a consumer-punishing carbon tax, whether imposed by the NDP or by Justin Trudeau, is the wrong way to go.
 
Catherine McKenna
 

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