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Manitoba submits its carbon plan to the federal government

Manitoba's carbon plan to focus on provinces needs and circumstances. File / Global News

The provincial government has officially handed over their carbon plan to the federal government.

Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires says the “Made-In-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan” focuses on Manitoba’s circumstances and is better than the one-size-fits-all Ottawa plan.

“We will not allow the federal government to force its carbon tax on Manitobans,” said Squires in a press release.

The federal plan calls for a price increase of $10 per tonne of emitted carbon every year, reaching $50 a tonne by 2020-2022.

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The Manitoba plan includes a flat $25 per tonne carbon levy.

The province’s plan is expected to reduce emissions by 80,000 tonnes more than a federally imposed plan by 2022, the minister added.

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The province never agreed to the federal government’s plan, called The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, objecting to the year-over-year increase in taxes.

Squires said over the next four years, all carbon revenues will be returned to Manitobans through lower taxes.

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