Moe continues to oppose carbon tax despite feds relaxing regulations

Moe continues to oppose carbon tax despite feds relaxing regulations

The Liberals cited concerns around competitiveness when they announced Wednesday that the threshold of emissions at which the largest industries would pay the tax. "We can't afford to let big polluters off the hook".

All remaining industrial sectors will face a carbon tax on emissions over 80 per cent of the industry average.

They said the constitutional challenge is in addition to Premier Doug Ford's decision to join a similar legal battle launched by the government of Saskatchewan.

The Trudeau government has said it would use these powers as part of a national strategy to fight climate change and honour Canada's worldwide commitments, supported by all political parties, under the 2015 Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and prevent unsafe levels of atmospheric warming.

Ford vowed to fight Ottawa's carbon pricing plan and eliminate Ontario's cap-and-trade system during the spring election campaign.

"Really, what I've encouraged the federal government and the prime minister to do is go the rest of the way: remove this tax you've imposed with no mandate", Moe said Thursday on Gormley. The federal government has said Saskatchewan's plan likely won't meet their standards.

The government introduced its proposed limits last January.

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The factum characterizes the federal legislation, called the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, as "unprecedented in Canadian history".

But Scott Moe still wants Ottawa to cancel the tax entirely. Mr. Ford has said that ending cap-and-trade will reduce electrical bills and gasoline prices.

"Our two provinces are united in the belief that a federal carbon tax is an ineffective policy that will not significantly reduce emissions and will instead make life unaffordable for families, and that it is unconstitutional for the federal government to impose a carbon tax on certain provinces based on their evaluation of provincial climate change policies", the statement read.

Stewart Elgie, director of the University of Ottawa's Institute of the Environment, said the move to ease carbon taxes is necessary to give incentive for businesses to stay in Canada while they develop solutions to lower their carbon footprint.

"It seems to be politics driving the policy rather than economics or the environmental outcome", Mr. McMillan said.

The draft regulations finalizing the industrial component of Canada's carbon pricing scheme are also expected this fall, with the final regulations not expected until the summer of 2019.

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