Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are unhappy with the carbon tax and have decided to challenge it constitutionally. The Supreme Court of Canada will declare its decision on Thursday and hopefully resolve the issue. In 2019, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced the carbon tax, allowing the federal government to impose its own carbon price “backstop” on provinces that don’t have it.
Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta quickly decided to challenge it, arguing that the law interferes with provincial jurisdiction. They stated that this tax is unconstitutional.
On the other hand, Ottawa claims that climate is a national concern and that everyone should be participating in this joint effort to save the environment.
In May 2019, Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal ruled in a 3-2 decision that the federal plan was constitutional, refusing the tax. Ontario did the same thing, ruling 4-1 for Ottawa’s ability to implement the scheme while Alberta won a court challenge locally.
After that, all three decided to take things to a higher level and appealed to the Supreme Court. The court will not rule or debate the law’s effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions. Instead, it will decide whether the legislation is constitutional.
The court will announce its decision at 8:45 a.m. CST on Thursday.