Alberta government appealing carbon tax’s constitutionality

Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer announced today the Alberta Government is launching a legal challenge of the federal carbon tax.

Alberta asserts that the federal government’s carbon tax disrupts the balance of Canada’s federation by undermining Alberta’s exclusive constitutional power to manage its own local undertakings, natural resources, economy and greenhouse gases emissions plan. 

“The federal carbon tax is a clear invasion of Alberta’s jurisdiction – it is all economic pain for no environmental gain,” said Premier Jason Kenney in a prepared statement. “This federal cash grab will only punish Albertans for heating their homes and driving to work. We are keeping our commitment to defend Alberta taxpayers.”

Alberta’s new government says it was elected with a mandate to create jobs, growth and economic diversification. To help get Albertans back to work and make life easier for families who need to pay their bills, the Government of Alberta’s first piece of legislation repealed the carbon tax. The province will introduce a levy on major industrial emissions.

The federal carbon tax is a clear invasion of Alberta’s jurisdiction – it is all economic pain for no environmental gain,” said Schweitzer in a prepared statement. “This federal cash grab will only punish Albertans for heating their homes and driving to work. We are keeping our commitment to defend Alberta taxpayers.”

The federal government recently announced it will impose a carbon tax on Albertans starting Jan. 1, 2020 at a rate of $30 on every tonne of greenhouse gas emissions, which will rise by $10 each year to $50 a tonne by 2022. 

A $50-a-tonne carbon tax would sacrifice over 6,000 new jobs and take almost $2.4 billion out of Albertans’ pockets. The federal carbon tax would also increase the cost of food and other goods for Alberta families at the cash till, and make us less competitive in Canada and around the world.

READ MORE: Defending Alberta’s economy, resources and people: Premier Kenney

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