Saskatchewan premier plans to appeal carbon tax decision to Supreme Court

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the carbon tax imposed on the province by the federal government is constitutionally sound and falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. The ruling was released Friday.

Premier Scott Moe said the decision will be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada. The province has about 30 days to appeal, according to Saskatchewan Attorney General Don Morgan. The provincial government would act as intervenor in other court challenges against the carbon tax.

“I remain hopeful for a different outcome,” Moe said in the aftermath of the decision’s release. “No one in this nation should confuse climate action with a carbon tax.”

Lawyers for the provincial government had argued the tax is unfair and unconstitutional. The 155-page decision was not unanimous. Three judges ruled in favor of the federal government while two ruled the law was wholly unconstitutional.

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