Ontario top court allows live stream of legal fight against carbon tax

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Ontario’s is taking the fight against Ottawa’s carbon tax all the way. It maintains the federal law is unconstitutional.

The province’s Progressive Conservative government has denounced the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act as an illegal tax grab that will drive up the price of gasoline and heating fuel.

The federal Liberal government is sticking to its talking points saying it is responding appropriately to climate change.

The climate change law applies in provinces that have no carbon-pricing regimes of their own that meet national standards, and Ottawa says the legislation aims to “fill in the gaps” where provincial measures aren’t up to snuff.

But Ontario Premier Doug Ford, who is supported by like-minded counterparts in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, argues that Ottawa is intruding on provincial jurisdiction, among other things.

The proceedings in Ontario’s Court of Appeal are to last four days and will be available to livestream.

There will be voices on the issue from provinces like Saskatchewan and British Columbia, Alberta Conservatives, Indigenous organizations who point out they are disproportionately affected by global warming, so will business and environmental groups put out their views on this issue which is dividing Canadians.

It will be the first time in more than a decade that cameras are being allowed in the Court of Appeal to live stream an event.

Off-limits are any private chats between justices, lawyers and their clients, or court staff, or shots of documents. No camera is permitted on the dais or behind the justices. -CINEWS

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