Ontario claims that the federal government's carbon tax plan is unconstitutional in a new document submitted to the Supreme Court on Friday, one day after a progressive conservative government announced its own climate change plan.
Rod Phillips, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, revealed in an interview that the province is ready to submit a fact to 459 pages. The government spends about $ 30 million to oppose the imposition of a federal carbon tax, details revealed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in late October.
The province's lawyers argue that the Ottawa plan to impose a $ 20 tax on each ton of greenhouse gas emissions starting from 2019 – which increases from $ 10 each year to $ 50 per tonne by 2022 – is an unconstitutional "intervention in inter-provincial rules and rights, "Phillips told PS Radio Metro morning.
"This is a significant issue," he continued, adding that on Thursday, New Brunswick became the latest province to join a judicial challenge for federal carbon tax (Saskatchewan was the first).
You can listen to the full interview with Metro Morning with Phillips in the player below.
Two years ago, most provinces and territories in Canada signed a federal climate change framework that included a carbon price pledge agreement. However, at the time, Saskatchewan and Manitoba refused to join.
In response, Otawa announced that provinces and territories that do not have their own climate plans that meet federal standards, such as those in Quebec and the PC, will face the imposition of a federal tax on carbon, as well as a new regulatory fuel tax .
This group now includes Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Yukon and Nunavut, and perhaps Ontario.
The cap-and-trade system put in place under the former liberal government of Ontario met with federal standards, but computers abolished that legislation earlier this year. The move put the Queen Park in a clash with Ottawa.
The new climate change plan in the province, presented by Philips on Thursday, does not include a carbon tax.
However, Philips claims it makes polluters paid for emissions and also meets emission reductions agreed in Paris in 2013. He said he hopes to meet with his federal counterpart, Catherine McKenna, to investigate whether he meets Ottawa's demands.
In an interview with the PS Power and politics just hours after the announcement of the plan, McKenna was skeptical.
"Now that Ontario is less ambitious at a time when we need to be more ambitious, it means that the whole country needs to be offset and must reduce more emissions," says @cathmckenna for the New Climate Plan of Ontario #onpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/XPQNceF51l
"It's very easy for details, so it's difficult to know what the plan involves, but the reality is that it still seems to be free to pollute," she said, adding that the computer plan is "far less ambitious" than that of their predecessors.
Phillips noted that Ontario managed 22 percent reduction in emissions from 2005, more than any other single province in the country. As part of the Paris Agreement, Canada was devoted to a total 30 percent reduction from the 2005 level to 2030.
The Ontario plan keeps the province on track to reach its 30 percent cut in that timeframe, according to Phillips. It is about 18 less megaton emitted annually by 2030. The previous Liberal regime set a target for a 46 megaton drop.
"Ontario has withdrawn," McCain said of the revised goal.
Philips, however, said on Friday that the plan will keep emissions in check while maintaining the province's economic competitiveness.