Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the province is moving forward with its “Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan” and is rejecting a carbon tax altogether.
Pallister made the announcement at a news conference today (Wed).
“We’ve been trying diligently to get Ottawa to listen and to get them to respect our green plan, and to say, ‘yeah, that’s a good plan, we’ll have you go with that’. They won’t say that, they’re not saying that, they do not respect Manitoba’s plan, they do not respect our investments.” the premier said.
The Liberal government demanded from the provinces and territories a price on carbon that would start at $10 dollars next year and increase to $50 dollars per tonne by 2022.
When the PC government released it’s green plan last October, it included a flat, fixed carbon tax of $25 dollars per tonne that was going to take effect on December 1st this year. But Pallister says they’ve begun the process of taking the tax out of the legislation.
“Next week there will be amendments presented at a committee and it will be two amendments, as I understand it presented, because the bill has to be broken down so that you can effectively eliminate certain pieces of it.
“The two pieces that will be taken out of the bill: one, the carbon tax; two, the tax reductions we were going to do on basic personal exemption.”
The premier was then asked if his government will take the feds to court like Ontario and Saskatchewan.
He replied, “It’s premature to say, there is a course of action other provinces have chosen to pursue, and it is something we’re going to have to look at.”