The good, the bad, and the ugly of the carbon-tax court win

By John Michael McGrath, TVO Climate Watch, May 6, 2019

The federal carbon tax that kicked in on April 1 in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and New Brunswick has survived its first legal test: the government of Saskatchewan had asked the highest court in that province to decide whether Ottawa had overstepped its proper constitutional limits by introducing a national carbon price — and, last week, the Court of Appeal said no, the tax on greenhouse-gas emissions is fairly within the federal government’s power.

There are, however, at least two more court decisions in the tax’s future: Ontario has a case currently before our own Court of Appeal, and, in any event, Saskatchewan premier Scott Moe has said that his government will take its case to the Supreme Court of Canada. And the Supremes themselves won’t actually have the last word: voters will effectively decide in this fall’s election whether they want a federal tax.

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