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Challenge, in the Supreme Court of Canada, any attempt by the federal government to impose a carbon tax

In progress
Nov 2018

Ontario argues federal carbon tax is unconstitutional in new legal filing

CBC News November 30, 2018

Sep 2018

Ontario Files Arguments to Challenge the Federal Government's Carbon Tax

Ontario Newsroom September 14, 2018

Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, announced that the government has filed a statement with the Court of Appeal summarizing the arguments it will make challenging the constitutionality of the federal government's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

The province's position in court will be that the federal act imposes an unconstitutional tax on Ontarians because: • Putting a price on greenhouse gas emissions is not within the power of the federal government. Provinces are capable of regulating greenhouse gas emissions themselves and there is no need to expand the scope of the federal government's powers to allow it to impose a one-size-fits-all federal carbon price. Greenhouse gases are caused by a wide range of activity and are not the kind of single, indivisible matter that the federal government can regulate as a national concern. • The federal act imposes unconstitutional taxes contrary to Section 53 of the Constitution Act, 1867. The act does not require the funds to be used for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, there is not a sufficient link between the charges and the stated regulatory purpose - reducing greenhouse gases - for the charges to be valid. Accordingly, the charges imposed by the act are unconstitutional, disguised taxes.

Jul 2018

Premier Doug Ford and Premier Scott Moe Agree to Fight Federal Carbon Tax

Ontario Press Release July 19, 2018

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe released a joint statement today about their discussions at the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation: "We agreed today to join forces and use every single tool at our disposal to challenge the federal government's authority to arbitrarily impose a carbon tax on the people of Ontario and Saskatchewan.