Supreme Court to rule today on whether the federal carbon tax is constitutional


Legal experts expect top court to uphold national emissions pricing because it’s a pressing ‘national concern’ The Supreme Court of Canada will release its decision today on whether the federal Liberal government’s carbon pricing regime is constitutional — a ruling that could derail Ottawa’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions through a carbon tax-and-rebate scheme. To reduce emissions and help Canada meet its Paris climate accord commitments, the federal government passed legislation in 2018 that demands all provinces levy some sort of “price on pollution.” As part of that Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, Ottawa established national pricing standards designed to curb the use of fossil fuels. The tax, which is just $40 a tonne this year, is set to rise dramatically in the decade to come as the federal government pursues an ambitious, green-friendly economic transition.

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