Feds dismiss concerns carbon price ruling would open ‘Pandora’s box’ of federal overreach


The federal environment minister says this week’s Supreme Court ruling deeming a national price on pollution constitutional will not lead to federal overreach in areas of provincial jurisdiction. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period airing Sunday, Jonathan Wilkinson dismissed concerns among some provincial leaders and dissenting opinions from the court, who argue that such a move hands over too much power to the federal government to encroach on provincial taxation laws, in this situation specifically, and may lead to further impositions. “I don’t, you know, personally have any concerns that this opens a Pandora’s box in terms of federal jurisdiction and I don’t think that’s what the Supreme Court intended and I think if you read the judgment, you would find that to be the case,” Wilkinson said, speaking to host Evan Solomon. “I would also say it’s important that we’re collaborating with provinces and territories.” In a 6-3 decision, the top court decided on Thursday that a price on pollution is entirely constitutional and that Ottawa has a right to set minimum pricing standards for greenhouse gas emissions in the provinces.

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