Manitoba will be looking for a legal opinion as to whether or not the Trudeau Liberals can actually impose carbon-pricing on the provinces.
Premier Brian Pallister believes the plan to have either a price on carbon or a cap-and-trade system may be unconstitutional.
“In particular that legal opinion will focus on whether the federal government can limit the exercise of provincial jurisdictions to two options, cap-and-trade and carbon tax, without accommodating other provincial measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions .” Pallister said.
Pallister feels the plan of phasing in a carbon tax of up to 50 dollars a tonne by 2022, or having a cap-and-trade system, doesn’t give Manitoba credit for investments they made in clean hydroelectric energy over the years.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall has said in the past he will take the federal government to court over the Liberals imposing a carbon tax on the provinces.
Trudeau has said if provinces don’t start phasing in carbon pricing, he will do it for them.