Saskatchewan Court of Appeal affirms Parliament’s authority to put a price on carbon pollution

Statement

May 3, 2019 – Regina, Saskatchewan

Today, on the day the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal ruled on the constitutionality of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, issued the following statement:

“This is an important and welcome decision in the urgent fight against climate change, which we know is costing Canadians and the world billions of dollars and putting lives at risk. A majority of the Court agreed that a price on carbon pollution is an essential part of the global effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It will also ensure Canadians are better off. The federal backstop is returning money to Saskatchewan residents through the Climate Action Incentive. A Saskatchewan family of four will get $609 this year. Most people will get more money back than they spend.

“This decision by a majority of the Court is a win for the millions of Canadians who have been telling their leaders they want serious action to deal with climate change. We will continue to defend the interests of Canadians across the country, who have seen the impacts of floods, storms, fires, and droughts. This is no time to be turning back the clock on climate action.”

Contacts

Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-743-7138
sabrina.kim2@canada.ca

Media Relations
Environment and Climate Change Canada
819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free)
ec.media.ec@canada.ca


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