Doug Ford government is “going to pursue” its legal challenge of the federal carbon tax, days after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals secured another mandate in the form of a minority government.
In June, Ontario’s top court struck down his government’s case against the tax, saying the federal legislation — the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, enacted in April — is constitutionally sound.
Ford had also previously said his government is committed to spending $30 million to challenge the tax.
The federal government imposed a carbon-pricing scheme on Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan, all of which don’t have one of their own, earlier this year. The Supreme Court will hear Saskatchewan’s challenge of the tax in December. Alberta and Manitoba have also mounted court challenges to the tax, while New Brunswick has supported Saskatchewan’s challenge.
On Tuesday, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said given the federal election results, voters have spoken on the issue of a carbon tax. The federal Liberals lost three seats to the Conservatives in the province, but retained six and garnered some 20,000 more votes than the Conservatives. As a result, Higgs said, his government will look at crafting a made-in-New Brunswick carbon pricing scheme that aligns with the federal Liberals’ climate plan.