Ontario government moving ahead with legal challenge of planned federal carbon tax

By the Canadian Press, Global News, November 30, 2018

TORONTO – Ottawa’s attempt to impose a carbon tax on the provinces is unconstitutional because the federal government does not have jurisdiction to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the Ontario government argues in court filings connected to its legal challenge of the Liberals’ emissions pricing law.

In documents filed Friday, the province’s Progressive Conservative government argues the federal Liberals are trying to impose a form of “unconstitutional disguised taxation.” Allowing Parliament to regulate all greenhouse gas emissions would “seriously disrupt” the balance of power set out in Canada’s constitution, the Tories say.


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