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Canadian National Carbon Tax Ruled Constitutional (Reg.& Leg.)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2021-03-26
Following up on our 22nd March coverage, the Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday ruled the Liberal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau's controversial and contested Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- Carbon Tax -- to be within the federal government's power to impose, constitutional and enforceable.

In 2019 the Trudeau government imposed a $30 per ton tax on greenhouse gases from various sources. The provinces of Saskatchewan, Ontario and Alberta took exception to the tax and argued the Act was unconstitutional because Ottawa was stepping into provincial jurisdiction. All other provinces have a carbon-pricing system Ottawa deems to be the equivalent or better of the federal version and are thus exempted from the federal tax. (Source: Various Media, 25 Mar., 2021)

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Damn the Pandemic -- Full Steam Ahead as Ottawa Hikes Canadain Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-05-27
In Canada, the Financial Post is reporting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) is raising the federal carbon tax by 50 pct, despite the broad economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, governments around the world are moving in the opposite direction.

World wide, most countrys have halted carbon tax increases during the pandemic, as have most Canadian Provinces (Source: Various Canadian Media, Financial Post, 19 May, 2020)

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Damn the Pandemic - Full Steam Ahead on Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-05-20
As previously reported, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) is raising the federal carbon tax by 50 pct, despite the broad economic challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

World wide, most countries have halted carbon tax increases during the pandemic, as have most Canadian Provinces (Source: Various Media Financial Post, 19 May, 2020)

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Canadian Carbon Tax Bumped Up to $30 per tonne (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-04-03
On Wednesday, 1 April, the Canadian federal carbon tax was increased from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne, despite legal challenges from the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the severe economic downturn and skyrocketing unemployment due to COVID-19.

As previously reported, the tax will raise $10 per tonne each year until 2022. (Source: Various Media, 604NOW, April, 2020)

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Canadian Fed-Prov. Carbon Tax Case Postponed (Ind Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2020-03-18
Following-up on our Aug. 30, 2019 report, the Canadian Supreme Court in Ottawa has postponed hearing challenges to the Canadian federal government's carbon tax and several other cases, until June at the earliest. The postponement was blamed squarely on the shoulders of the rampaging spreading COVID-19 crisis.

The top courts in Ontario and Saskatchewan rejected arguments by those provinces that the federal government lacks constitutional authority to impose a carbon tax in provinces that don't impose a carbon price that meets federal standards. The same provinces have appealed the provincial court rulings to the Supreme Court. ((Source: Various Media, Cdn Press, 17 Mar., 2020)

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Canadian Farmers Hammered by Carbon Tax, Survey Finds (Ind. Report)
Carbon Tax,Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Date: 2020-03-18
A recently released report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has found that 82 pct of Canadian farmers say the federal carbon tax is negatively impacting their business. On average, farmers estimate they will pay almost $14,000 in federal carbon taxes in the first year it applies to them -- April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020). The report also found:
  • 78 pct of Canadian farmers have taken action in the last several years to lessen their environmental impact;
  • 93 pct of farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario agree the federal government should not charge GST (five per cent sales tax) on the federal carbon tax as it currently does;
  • Farmers cannot pass the federal carbon tax costs on to their customers, despite the government's assurances: 83 pct of farmers in the field crop sector said they would be able to pass on less than 10 pct of the federal carbon tax costs to customers between April 1st, 2019 and March 31st, 2020. Over 78 pct of these farmers will have to absorb the entire cost. (Source: CFIB, Weyburn Review, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: CFIB, Marilyn Braun-Pollon, VP Western Canada and Ari-Business, 416-222-8022, 844-242-4400, 416-222-4337 - fax, www.cfib-fcei.ca

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  • Cdn. Farmers Hammered by Carbon Tax, Survey Finds (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Federation of Independent Business
    Date: 2020-03-02
    A recently released report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has found that 82 pct of Canadian farmers say the federal carbon tax is negatively impacting their business. On average, farmers estimate they will pay almost $14,000 in federal carbon taxes in the first year it applies to them -- April 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020). The report also found:
  • Farmers care about the environment: When asked what motivates their business to implement measures to improve environmental quality, 87 pct of Canadian farmers said they were motivated by their own personal views;

  • 78 pct of Canadian farmers have taken action in the last several years to lessen their environmental impact;

  • 93 pct of farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario agree the federal government should not charge GST (five per cent sales tax) on the federal carbon tax as it currently does;

  • Farmers cannot pass the federal carbon tax costs on to their customers, despite the government's assurances: 83 per cent of farmers in the field crop sector said they would be able to pass on less than 10 per cent of the federal carbon tax costs to customers between April 1st, 2019 and March 31st, 2020. Over 78 per cent of these farmers will have to absorb the entire cost.

    To address the issue, CFIB recommends the federal government:: exempt natural gas, propane, and aviation fuel used by farmers for farming activities such as drying grain, heating livestock facilities, or spraying crops from the federal carbon tax, including those farm expenses from 2019; end the practice of charging GST on the federal carbon tax; stop further increases in the overall tax burden (e.g. CPP and carbon tax) on farmers; and work to improve Canada's overall tax and regulatory competitiveness in the agriculture sector. (Source: CFIB, Weyburn Review, 26 Feb., 2020) Contact: CFIB, Marilyn Braun-Pollon, VP Western Canada and Ari-Business, 416-222-8022, 844-242-4400, 416-222-4337 - fax, www.cfib-fcei.ca

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  • Ontario Files Top Court Challenge to Fed. Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-08-30
    Reporting from Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford's (C) government reports it has filed a challenge with the country's top court against the Canadian Federal government's carbon tax.

    The province, Canada's most populous, argues that Ontario's Court of Appeal was wrong to find the carbon price was "constitutional and within the federal government's right to impose." Federal lawyers had argued that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act -- under which the carbon tax is imposed -- was a legitimate response to potentially catastrophic climate change. (Source: Various Media, Canadian Press, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Office of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, www.ontario.ca/page/premier

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    Manitoba Ups Emission Levels, Dashes Carbon Tax (Ind Report)
    Manitoba Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-06-12
    In Winnipeg on the Canadian Prairies, Manitoba's Progressive Conservative government reports it aims to reduce annual emissions by one megatonne of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) by 2022 -- less than half of the previous government's 2017 targeted reductions. To that end, the provincial government announced it is reducing GHG emissions and eliminating a possible carbon tax.

    In a statement the Manitoba Minister of Sustainable Dev elopement said; "We've removed the carbon-pricing (tax) element from our plan and are moving forward with getting real emissions reductions. (There are) several more initiatives to come that will help us transition to a low-carbon future without imposing a tax on Manitobans."<

    In 2017, the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Manitoba's then proposed carbon tax was insufficient an demanded the province match the federal carbon tax of $20 a tonne rising to $50 per ton by 2022. To date, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick have challenged the federal carbon tax plan. (Source: Manitoba Ministry of Sustainable Development, CBC, Canadian Press, 10 June, 2019) Contact: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Hon. Rochelle Squires, Minister, (204) 945-6784, www.gov.mb.ca/sd

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    Oil-Soaked Alberta Ditches Provincial Carbon Tax (Reg. & Leg.)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-06-07
    On the Canadian prairies, the province of Alberta reports it has officially approved legislation to kill the self-imposed provincial carbon tax which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2017. The oil-soaked province's newly elected Conservative Premier Jason Kenney had vowed to eliminate the carbon tax in his election campaign.

    The province had stopped charging the tax last week, although it is still imposed on large CO2 emitters.

    Alberta's action will automatically trigger a Canadian liberal government imposed carbon tax of C$20 ($14.91) per ton, increasing by C$10 ($7.46) per year to a high of C$50 ($37.28) per ton in 2022. (Source: CBC News, Kallanish, Various Cdn. Media, 6 June, 2019)

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    Trudeau Carbon Tax Challengers Suffer a Body Blow (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-05-06
    On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act "falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."

    Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (C), along with the province of Ontario and New Brusnwick, had challenged the Trudeau government's carbon tax in Canada's top court Friday, after a lower court ruled it is constitutional.

    Apparently still itching for a fight, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. Oil-soaked Alberta's newly-elected Premier Jason Kenney vowed to join Moe and (Conservative) Ontario Premier Doug Ford in opposition to the fed's imposed carbon tax. (Source; CBC, National Observer, Various Media, 3 May, 2019)

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    Ottawa Imposes Carbon Tax on Recalcitrant Provinces (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-03
    As promised, the Canadian federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday imposed a carbon tax on the provinces of New Brunswick, Ontario and Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- all of which are led by Conservatives -- for their failure to impose a provincial emissions reduction program that meets the fed's approval.

    The federal levy, which starts at $20 (US$15) per tonne of pollution and rises incrementally to $50 per ton, is expected to add about 4.5 cents to the price of a liter of gasoline, as well as drive up drive up other energy related costs. To ease the pain on consumers, the feds pledged to refund most of the carbon tax cash directly to taxpayers.

    Canada's remaining six provinces are exempt from the federal tax having imposed their own carbon tax or cap-and-trade system to help Canada meet its Paris Agreement target of reducing CO2 emissions by 30 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, CBC, Various Media, 1 April, 2019)Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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    S. Ont. Commuters Overwhelmingly Support Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-04-01
    Recently released research from the University of Toronto has found that the vast majority of Toronto area commuters favor the Liberal federal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's imposed new carbon tax and tax rebate plan, despite the impending hike in gas prices.

    The plan was rolled out by the Canadian Government today, Monday, April 1. In the initial study, 28 pct opposed the pricing plan and 13 pct were undecided. But when told about the rebate aspect of the carbon tax program, the number of Ontarians in the GTHA who actually support the plan rose to an unexpected 70 pct majority. (Source: Univ. of Toronto, Narcity, 29 Mar., 2019)

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    Energy Efficiency Rebates, Incentives Offered for Canadian Small Businesses (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna
    Date: 2019-03-06
    In Ottawa, Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is reporting the Liberal federal government of Prime Minster Justin Trudeau plans to ease the recently mandated carbon price burden on small business with incentives and rebate payments to cover some of the cost of making energy efficient upgrades.

    The Minister noted that the government expects to provide at least $1.46 billion over five years to small and medium-sized businesses, including $155 million in the fiscal year starting April 1. Hospitals, municipalities and other community organizations will share at least $727 million over five years, starting with $73 million in 2019-2020 fiscal years.(Source: City News, Various Media, Canadian Press, Mar., 2019) Contact: Office of Canadian Environment Minister, Hon. Catherine McKenna, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.htm

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    Trudeau's Canadian Carbon Tax Now In Force (Reg. & Leg.)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-01-02
    In Ottawa, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's controversial carbon tax is now in force. The price on carbon will be C$20 ($15 US) per metric ton rising to C$50 per ton by 2022. A wide-ranging tax on nearly all fuels is also set to take effect in April in four provinces.

    The Trudeau government had proposed a 95 pct standard for the cement and lime sectors and 90 pct for production of petrochemicals, steel, certain types of iron, nitric acid and ammonia. All other sectors have a proposed 80 pct threshold. Companies exceeding those levels can pay a tax, or buy credits from more efficient firms.

    The industrial emissions plan applies to Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island -- the provinces that are challenging the Trudeau carbon tax plan -- and to electricity and natural gas pipelines in Saskatchewan. Even with the carbon tax in place, Canada is still expected to fall short of its COP15 target of 513 metric megatons of emissions by 2030. (Source: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Bloomberg, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2018) Contact: Canada Ministry of the Environment, Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

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    Newfoundland Carbon Tax Loaded with Exemptions (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-11-12
    In Atlantic Canada, the province of Newfoundland-Labrador has unveiled its federally approved carbon tax, climate plan which at least on the surface, protects the province's crucial oil and gas industry. The province is reportedly planning to double oil production in the next decade.

    The provincial plan offers exemptions for large producers and consumers alike, including the giant Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project which, when fully online in 2020, will allow the province to completely decommission the bunker oil-burning generator in Holyrood, which emits roughly 10 pct of the province's total 10.3 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Under the provincial carbon pricing scheme, home heating fuel, off-grid diesel generators, aviation fuel, the interprovincial ferry system and municipalities will be exempted and gasoline prices will rise substantially. After factoring in exemptions, only 76 pct of the province's total GHG emissions will be subject to carbon pricing. The provincial government has also reserved the right to scrap the scheme or any part thereof in the event that any other province refuse to set a plan or abide by the federal backstop, which is likely to happen.(Source: Province of Newfoundland-Labrador, Narwal, 9 Nov., 2018)

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's opposition on the Liberal government's national carbon tax plan scheduled for imposition on 1 Jan., 2019.

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    Canadian PM Imposing Carbon Tax Plan, Despite Four-Province Opposition (Reg. & Leg. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-31
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that it will impose a carbon price in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan in 2019. Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and the Yukon have either developed their own compliant pricing systems or chosen to adopt the federal option and thus avoided Trudeau's tax plan.

    The provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan have however resisted the federal Government's proposals and challenged their constitutionality

    . The federal carbon price will apply at a rate of $20 ($15.28 US) per tonne of CO2 equivalent in 2019, rising by $10 per year to a high of $50 per tonne in 2022. The federal carbon pricing system will come into force on January 1, 2019. To ease to imagined pain, the Government has committed to return direct proceeds from the federal pricing system to the province or territory of origin and to help SMEs deal with the additional costs associated with carbon pricing in early 2019. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Various Media, Tax News, 29 Oct., 2018)

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    Notable Quote

    Date: 2018-10-26
    "Starting next year, it will no longer be free to pollute anywhere in Canada. Putting a price on (carbon) pollution is the best way to tackle climate change, because it works." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 23 Oct., 2018

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    Manitoba Bails on Ottawa's Planned Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    On the Canadian Prairies, the province of Manitoba's Progressive-Conservative Premier, the Hon. Brian Pallister, reports his government is abandoning plans to start charging a carbon tax levy in December and is joining other conservative leaders in opposition to the Liberal federal governments national carbon tax paln.

    In 2017, Pallister announced Manitoba would enact a $25-a-tonne carbon tax and keep it at that rate. The province's plan was not in tune with the federal government's call for a carbon tax that would start at $10 a tonne this year and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022. The feds warned that if the provinces failed to comply, a national plan would be imposed upon them. Pallister also left the door open to joining Saskatchewan and Ontario in legal action against the federal plan. (Source: Canada Press, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, (204)945-3714, premier@leg.gov.mb.ca, www.gov.mb.ca

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    Notable Quotes Duly Noted
    Canada Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-05
    "I continue to find it puzzling as to why Conservatives insist on making pollution free. We believe that polluters should pay and that's why we are putting a price (carbon tax) on pollution." -- Canadian Prime Minister Hon. Justin Trudeau (Lib.)

    The PM was commenting on Manitoba Conservative Premier Brian Palliser and populist Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford's position on the Liberal governments national carbon tax.

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