• Follow us

Economy

Carbon tax ruling is a modest win for Trudeau—but after a string of losses, whatever works - Macleans.ca

Let’s recap the last six months for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He became landed in the middle of a tug-of-war between China and United States over Huawei, prompting the vise of Chinese pressure upon imprisoned Canadian citizens and restrictions on agricultural products. He lost two top cabinet ministers and his principal secretary in a cascading scandal that revealed his utterly shaky crisis-management skills, and weakened his status as a feminist and partner in Indigenous reconciliation. And a few weeks ago Alberta, a populace he’s often strived to court, chose a new premier whose campaign relied on heavily disparaging  his opponent’s closeness to Trudeau.

But finally, on Friday, PMO aides could pop wine corks at the office—and not to drown their sorrows.

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold of the federal carbon tax was a win for them to savour, if only because they’ve had so few in the last while. Yes, it was a narrow 3-2 verdict. Yes, Premier Scott Moe pledged immediately to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, which would probably keep the law’s status in limbo in 2020. And yes, another decision looms with Ontario’s constitutional challenge of the federal pricing plan, with both Manitoba and Alberta planning their own court fights.

But Trudeau and his team will gladly take this ruling, and shout about it from the rooftops. With the federal carbon levy backstop in place, they can now make the election a contest between their greenhouse gas strategy and whatever Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives put forward this summer.

And consider the alternative: The Grits are already lagging in the polls ahead of the Oct. 21 vote. If Saskatchewan’s high court struck the tax down, voters would be deciding between a probably weaker Conservative plan and a constitutionally fragile Liberal one. “Vote for us, and we’ll fight to save the planet assuming that we can persuade a panel of judges to find that other judges engaged in flawed reasoning!” would not be the best sales pitch at doorsteps in Oakville.

RELATED: Tiptoeing back to Trans Mountain

Jason Kenney, the newest provincial Blue Knight of the Resistance, found out Friday that the way he bashes carbon tax isn’t the easiest sell in some quarters (at least those outside Alberta’s borders). After he backslapped at Queen’s Park with fellow BKOTR Doug Ford, he delivered a speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto. As he trotted out his line about his province’s forthcoming Bill 1 to erase the NDP’s carbon tax—an easy applause line at all his Alberta campaign rallies. But from this business crowd, Kenney drew a hush by raising both arms above his shoulders in a defensive posture. “Now, I know not everybody agrees with this, although I think almost three-quarters of Albertans certainly do,” the new premier said.

The mood is different in Toronto, where Kenney came to drum up investment and wave his province’s own “open for business” placard. The major banks and many blue-chip companies support carbon pricing; they don’t see it as “punishing ordinary people for living ordinary lives.”

While the Alberta premier, like Ford and Moe, deems the carbon tax a measure that’s all economic pain with no environmental gain, the body of evidence suggests otherwise, Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Chief Justice Robert Richards wrote in his majority decision.

“Significantly, the factual record before the Court indicates that GHG pricing is not just part and parcel of an effective response to climate change. It indicates that GHG pricing is regarded as an essential aspect or element of the global effort to limit GHG emissions.” The judges used this as basis for their conclusion that setting minimum standards for carbon pricing ought to qualify as a national concern under the constitution’s peace, order and good government powers—the part of the ruling that might generate the most scrutiny ahead of a Supreme Court appeal. The Saskatchewan majority also dispensed with the Blue Knights’ claim the carbon tax is a cash grab, or even that it is a tax in the conventional sense, since by design the money generated does not go into federal coffers. In fact, it need not be generated federally at all, if it is a provincial tax as stringent or tougher than the federal minimum plan.

RELATED: Is Bill C-69 an oil sands killer?

In responding to the defeat, Moe said Saskatchewan will continue to fight the carbon tax “with every tool in the toolbox”—language that echoes what B.C. Premier John Horgan said about the Trans Mountain pipeline. On both scores, the premiers may wind up being unable to find the right wrench to throw into the federal gears. Meanwhile, an interesting parallel is emerging between how conservatives fight the carbon tax and how environmentalists, Indigenous leaders and progressive politicians try to thwart pipelines: lob every jurisdictional argument and legal obstruction you can; if that fails, file a different court challenge by a different party; if that too fails, try bringing change through the ballot box  if that fails; or try bringing change through the ballot box. It’s a safe bet—we think—to assume Moe and Ford won’t hold sit-ins in the federal finance minister’s office.

In any case, the Liberal must enjoy the glow of victory while they can. This legal win landed the same day that CTV reported that Liberal MP Andrew Leslie is willing to testify against the government on behalf of Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, suspended in a case over alleged cabinet leaks. It’s been that kind of 2019 for them. Perhaps that bubbly on ice can serve dual purposes.

MORE ABOUT CARBON TAX: Read More



Leave A Comment

More News

Economy – Macleans.ca

What $2-million will buy in five Canadian real 2019-05-10 14:10:31From a seaside dining room in PEI to 20 rooms and a private putting green just outside Montreal The post What $2-million will buy in five Canadian rea

What happens if U.S. Congress fails to pass 2019-05-10 12:30:23The consequences for Canada could be bad—very bad, say experts. But not every scenario is bleak. The post What happens if U.S. Congress fails to

How software company D2L revolutionized the way classrooms 2019-05-09 12:09:05When five twentysomethings founded D2L, technology was everywhere—except the classroom. So they decided to reboot the education system. The post

Carbon tax ruling is a modest win for 2019-05-03 18:46:48The Saskatchewan court decision puts the Liberals on better campaign footing at a time when they're visibly wobbling The post Carbon tax ruling is a

Bankrupt oil companies are saddling Alberta landowners with 2019-05-02 15:57:21The Orphan Well Association is tasked with cleaning up the environmental messes left behind, but it’s having trouble keeping up as oil companies

Why Canada isn’t fighting China over canola 2019-05-01 18:53:48This country is 'a flea on China's shoulder,' says one expert, and is best advised to ride the rough patch out The post Why Canada isn’t figh

Stephen Poloz on taming the housing market and 2019-05-01 17:51:00The Bank of Canada governor talks to Paul Wells about the state of the economy and how central bankers work in the age of Trump The post Stephen Poloz

What to study to land one of Canada’s 2019-04-30 12:31:34We crunched the data to find promising careers with big salaries. Here’s what to study to land something lucrative. The post What to study to la

Will legal slëepøvers at Ikea deter showroom squatters? 2019-04-25 14:05:40No drinking, no weapons, and no public displays of affection are allowed. How fun can that kind of slumber party really be? The post Will legal sl&eum

Jim Balsillie has emerged from retirement with a 2019-04-23 14:21:09He's launched a battle against Sidewalk Labs, troubled at the prospect of the world's largest data company having free reign over Toronto's waterfr

Real Estate: What $250,000 will buy in four 2019-04-22 16:09:50From a two-bedroom condo on the edges of Toronto to a sprawling "collector's item" in Moncton The post Real Estate: What $250,000 will buy in four

TORONTO STAR | BUSINESS

IMF urges Canada to stay course despite calls 2019-05-21 14:00:53

Canadian crude discount hits its widest this year 2019-05-21 13:05:00Western Canadian Select traded at $21.13 less per barrel than West Texas Intermediate on Tuesday, the widest discount since Dec. 31.

Minister Bains outlines digital charter with focus on 2019-05-21 13:03:27

Netflix and Coca-Cola partner for season 3 of 2019-05-21 12:25:58Netflix hasn’t accepted money from Coca-Cola, but the beverage company will feature some limited Stranger Things branding.

Countermeasures key to ending tariff stalemate with U.S., 2019-05-21 12:21:00‘One of the things that we saw very clearly, and the Americans learned, is that Canadians were going to stay firm’

Airbus extends ex-Bombardier jet’s range to challenge Boeing 2019-05-21 12:03:57Boosting the range of the A220 single-aisle jet will permit new services from Western Europe to the Middle East and between Southeast Asia and Austral

Materials and industrials weigh on TSX, U.S. stock 2019-05-21 11:22:00Canada's main stock index edges lower in late-morning trading due to losses in the key industrial and materials sectors

Norbord suspends production at northern Alberta mill due 2019-05-21 10:23:27

Rogers to launch new Internet of Things service 2019-05-21 10:05:00The company says the new wireless service will be best used for asset monitoring, industrial automation, utility meters and smart cities.

Shareholder activists may target pot stocks next 2019-05-21 09:59:56High valuations, unprofitable operations and insular ownership structures may prompt activists to get involved in the industry, according to analysts.

Fairfax Financial says chief financial officer David Bonham 2019-05-21 09:56:53

RBC green bonds may be used to finance 2019-05-21 09:37:56Royal Bank of Canada may make loans to oil and gas companies seeking to reduce their environmental impact under its recently created green bond progra

: Money

Here’s what happens if you die with too 2019-05-18 06:00:35Saving for retirement is important — but so is knowing how much to withdraw when you finally get there.

Scheer says Canada needs coast-to-coast corridor for pipeline 2019-05-16 14:38:29In a speech laying out his economic vision, the opposition leader says having one dedicated route would make it easier to approve major new energy pro

Walmart warns China tariffs will lead to higher 2019-05-16 13:17:02Walmart declined to comment on what type of price hikes shoppers could expect and which products would get the biggest increases.

Bank of Canada flags climate change as ‘vulnerability’ 2019-05-16 11:03:28The Bank of Canada is highlighting its growing concerns about the challenges of climate change for the economy and the financial system.

Air Canada in talks to purchase Air Transat 2019-05-16 08:49:46Transat AT Inc. is in exclusive talks with Air Canada, which is offering roughly $488 million to buy the travel company.

Controversial tanker ban Bill C-48 rejected by Senate 2019-05-15 20:53:17A senate committee has recommended not to proceed with the controversial Bill C-48 aimed at limiting tanker traffic along the northern B.C. coast.

Canadian home sales up 4.2% year-over-year, first increase 2019-05-15 09:54:01The national average price edged up 0.3 per cent in April compared to the same month in 2018.

Canada’s inflation up 2% in April, as carbon 2019-05-15 09:09:02Inflation is in line with the Bank of Canada's target, which lowers the chance of another interest rate move in the near term, economists said.

President Xi defends Chinese ‘civilization,’ slams isolationism as 2019-05-15 08:25:29No country could stand alone, Xi said, perhaps taking an indirect swipe at U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy.

More millennials are signing prenups — and 2019-05-14 14:58:06"They really give that peace of mind, like car insurance."

Cancer patient was cut off from work disability 2019-05-11 06:00:39Phillip Fitzsimmons had group disability benefits, but two years into his battle with cancer, he found himself living on just $1,000 a month.

Enbridge aiming to boost Mainline throughput as Q1 2019-05-10 14:12:00Enbridge is working with shippers to optimize its Mainline pipeline system in a bid to boost throughput by 50,000 to 100,000 barrels per day.

Canada Business - The

Justin Trudeau Credits Immigration For Canada's High-Tech Success 2019-05-20 20:58:03TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says immigration is a significant reason why Canada’s technology sector has been thriving.The

Canada 300,000 Homes Short Because Students Ignored In 2019-05-20 12:52:36MONTREAL — If policymakers want to help solve Canada’s housing affordability crisis, they should start by building rental housing near col

Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport Ranked 9th Worst In 2019-05-19 17:06:46The Toronto Island Airport ranked poorly mainly because of its on-time performance, according to AirHelp, an air passenger rights website. The best ai

Mayochup Translates To 'S**tface' In Cree 2019-05-18 15:41:32A lot of people are celebrating the arrival of the famed ketchup-mayo blend — mayochup — to Canada. But people who speak Cree are laughing

Canada's Mortgage Rates Are Coming Down, With Record 2019-05-17 15:47:46MONTREAL — There’s a little bit of good news out there for Canada’s increasingly stressed-out homebuyers: The pressure from rising m

Bank Of Canada Lists Climate Change As Key 2019-05-16 12:13:30OTTAWA—The Bank of Canada is highlighting its expanding concerns about climate change and, for the first time, is listing it among the top weak

Beyond Meat Patties Coming To Tim Hortons 2019-05-15 16:24:38The popular restaurant chain is testing out Beyond Meat breakfast “sausages” at certain locations. If the items are successful, the plant-

Steven Mnuchin: U.S. Close To Scrapping Steel, Aluminum 2019-05-15 15:41:56OTTAWA — A top Trump administration cabinet member says the end of punishing steel and aluminium tariffs on Canada and Mexico is close at hand.&

Trudeau: Notre Dame Can Be Rebuilt With Canadian 2019-05-15 12:34:27PARIS —Canada is offering softwood lumber and steel to help with the reconstruction of Paris’s famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Prime Minister

Vancouver Housing Market Not Even Among The Top 2019-05-15 11:55:50Remember when Vancouver used to top the lists of the world’s hottest housing markets?Well, these days it’s pretty much the opposite.There

What Is Onex, WestJet's Potential New Owner? 2019-05-15 11:29:47Onex Corp. hasn’t sealed the deal yet in its quest to snap up Calgary-based airlines WestJet but it’s $5-billion offer is a start. 

U.S.-China Trade War Threatens To Shrink Canada's Economy 2019-05-14 15:16:00MONTREAL — The sudden escalation in the U.S.-China trade war could have serious consequences for Canada, according to economists at the Bank of

CBC | Business News

Canada a leader among G20 for plan to 2019-05-21 17:31:35Canada is among the leaders in the world when it comes to phasing out the use of coal for power generation, according to a recent report that shows th

Countermeasures were key to ending tariff stalemate with 2019-05-21 14:41:29Canada's retaliatory tariffs on American goods played a key role in restoring free access to the U.S. market for Canadian steel and aluminum, Prime M

IMF urges Canada not to change policy despite 2019-05-21 14:22:31The International Monetary Fund says household debt in Canada is still too high to pursue policy changes to encourage more activity in housing markets

Trudeau government to overhaul laws governing internet, digital 2019-05-21 13:46:25Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government set the stage Tuesday for an overhaul of Canada's laws governing the internet and digital privacy.

Canada Pension Plan will invest $200M in specialty 2019-05-21 10:02:57The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has signed a deal to invest roughly $200 million in specialty food company Premium Brands Holdings Corp.

China rejects Trump claim U.S. tariffs are making 2019-05-21 09:25:52Foreign investors remained enthusiastic about China, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday, following U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that his tar

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's U.K. restaurant chain collapses 2019-05-21 08:35:59Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, partly due to increased competition and escalating

U.S. temporarily eases restrictions on Huawei — but 2019-05-21 07:30:53The United States has temporarily eased trade restrictions on China's Huawei to minimize disruption for its customers, a move the founder of the worl

Small nuclear reactors could make Alberta's oilsands cleaner, 2019-05-21 07:30:00Alberta's oilsands have been labelled as dirty by environmental activists and some politicians, but the sector might be able to clean up that reputat

The disturbing question of why Canada's done so 2019-05-21 04:00:00Despite the latest flurry of money-laundering stories, it's not a new problem. Canada has long had a reputation as haven for illicit cash. Was it jus

Trudeau credits immigration for Canada's growing tech sector 2019-05-20 21:20:34Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told hundreds of attendees at a conference in Toronto on Monday that Canada's thriving technology sector is a result of

U.S. warns companies of data threat from Chinese-made 2019-05-20 18:01:04The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has warned U.S. firms of the risks to company data from Chinese-made drones, according to a notice reviewed b

Christian Science Monitor |

This Nebraska Republican says it’s time to think 2019-05-11 19:01:51President Trump is meeting with Democrats on infrastructure. Rural America says that, from roads to internet access, it needs to be part of any plan.

A doubly green deal? Clean energy jobs also 2019-05-11 19:01:51New analysis from the Brookings Institution suggests that transitioning to clean energy sources could open up a range of high-paying career paths.

NYC, largest fur market in country, considers ban 2019-05-11 19:01:51If passed, New York would become the third major American city to ban the sale of fur. Industry advocates argue the ban will trigger the loss of more

Taxpayers need help. So does the IRS. 2019-05-11 19:01:51The IRS budget has been cut 17% since 2010, even as the tax code has grown more complicated. Enforcement and customer service are strained.

Border crisis delays truckers hours, sometimes days 2019-05-11 19:01:51President Donald Trump has beefed up border security, but with inspectors assigned elsewhere, trucks crossing into the U.S. with goods from Mexico for

In debt or struggling to save? Artificial intelligence 2019-05-11 19:01:51With friendly names like “Charlie,” the latest financial apps use algorithms to analyze spending habits and give advice. But they’re

Why capitalism in America now needs its defenders 2019-05-11 19:01:51Capitalism or socialism? At a Monitor Breakfast Wednesday, Larry Kudlow defended capitalism as the best path to prosperity for all.

‘Too cozy.’ Boeing crashes raise doubts over FAA 2019-05-11 19:01:51The crash of Boeing 737 Max jetliners in Indonesia and Ethiopia have prompted reviews not just of the airplane but of regulators’ approval

Rural America faces housing cost hardship 2019-05-11 19:01:51Over the past decade, nearly a fourth of U.S. rural counties have seen a sharp increase in households spending half or more of their income on housing

Childless workers often lose out on tax credits. 2019-05-11 19:01:51A tax-refund initiative in Atlanta showcases a type of welfare program that can reduce poverty without discouraging work.

Legal pot: Why minorities say they’re being left 2019-05-11 19:01:51Black lawmakers from New York to Georgia threaten to block marijuana legalization unless there are concessions for drug-war scarred neighborhoods.

Trapped in tariffs, firms tied to lobster industry 2019-05-11 19:01:51From tariffs on lobsters to duties on the steel in lobster traps, here’s how one U.S. industry is affected by trade tension with China and Europ


Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.