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Supreme Court Carbon Tax Ruling: Premier Kenney’s Response


Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that the federal government’s carbon tax is constitutional:

“A strong majority of Albertans elected this government because of our commitment to repeal the previous government’s carbon tax.

“We kept that commitment with our first law, the Carbon Tax Repeal Act, which we passed in May of 2019. The federal government then stepped in and imposed their carbon tax on Albertans on Jan. 1, 2020.

“We committed to building a coalition of provinces opposed to this federal carbon tax, and to challenge its constitutionality in court.

“We kept that commitment too. We had a coalition of Canadian provinces, representing 80 per cent of the Canadian population, who joined us in defending our taxpayers, and our province’s constitutional jurisdiction.

“Just over a year ago, Alberta’s Court of Appeal rendered its 4-1 decision on our judicial reference, deciding clearly that the federal carbon tax is unconstitutional.

“The federal government appealed that decision to the Supreme Court of Canada, which released its judgment today.

“We are obviously disappointed with that decision. The Supreme Court ignored the Alberta Court of Appeal’s warning and discovered a new federal power that erodes provincial jurisdiction and undermines our constitutional system.

“Albertans will continue to defend jobs, our economy, and our constitutional authority. We will continue to press our case challenging Bill C-69, the federal ‘No More Pipelines Law,’ which is currently before the Alberta Court of Appeal.

“We will do everything in our power to minimize costs on Albertans, and on our trade-exposed industries that must compete globally, while ensuring that we continue to responsibly reduce emissions in our province.

“Alberta’s government has supported the development of world-class technology that has helped the Canadian oilsands to reduce the carbon footprint of a barrel of bitumen by 30 per cent over the past two decades.

“We will continue to do our part to secure a strong future for our energy industry while supporting that industry in reducing emissions.

“Finally, I would like to thank our allied provinces – Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick – who stood with Alberta in defending our economies, and the place of strong provinces in the Canadian federation.

“A strong Canada needs strong provinces standing up for each other and for the Constitution, and we will continue to do so proudly on behalf of all Albertans.”

 



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