PM Trudeau’s carbon tax ruled constitutional by a Saskatchewan court

On April 1, 2019 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had introduced a federal tax on four provinces that had refused to introduce their own carbon-reduction plan. In a 3-2 decision, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rejected a challenge from its provincial government, which argued the tax could not be imposed by Ottawa, and ruled that PM Trudeau’s federal carbon-pricing plan does not violate the constitution.

Premier Scott Moe said he would appeal the decision, and wrote on Twitter, “Though I am disappointed with today’s ruling, our fight will continue on behalf of Saskatchewan people – who oppose the ineffective, job-killing Trudeau carbon tax.” Ontario Premier Doug Ford is also challenging the carbon tax in court. Alberta’s new Premier Jason Kenney said he will scrap the provincial carbon tax that was created by former NDP Premier Rachel Notley.