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Supreme Court of Canada rejects Sask.’s request to delay carbon tax appeal

The Saskatchewan government says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the appeal hearing over the carbon tax remain tentatively set for Jan.14.
The Saskatchewan government says the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the appeal hearing over the carbon tax remain tentatively set for Jan.14. File Photo / Global News

Editor’s note: The Canadian Press reported Aug. 30 that the Supreme Court of Canada had denied Saskatchewan’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax. The story may have left the impression that a tentative Dec. 5 hearing date was moved to Jan. 14 at the request of the province. In fact, the province says the court moved the date to January before the government requested an extension. The province says the January date is tentative and could also change.

Saskatchewan says the Supreme Court of Canada has denied the province’s request to delay its appeal hearing over the carbon tax.

The province said the Supreme Court recently issued an order stating the hearing remain tentatively set for Jan. 14, 2020.

READ MORE: Federal carbon tax is constitutional: Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

The government had asked for more time and expected a delay could mean a hearing next spring.

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It argued a delay would allow for better co-ordination of challenges coming from other provinces such as Ontario.

Ottawa opposed a delay and suggested the hearing should take place in a timely manner to provide certainty for households and businesses.

A statement from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Justice noted the hearing date is only tentative.

It said the province will have to see what impact on scheduling Ontario’s appeal to the Supreme Court may have. That province wants the high court to re-examine an Ontario Appeal Court decision in June that said the federal carbon tax is constitutional.

WATCH (July 30, 2019): Ministers discussing carbon tax legal challenges during Saskatoon meeting

Ministers discussing carbon tax legal challenges during Saskatoon meeting
Ministers discussing carbon tax legal challenges during Saskatoon meeting

Before any appeal hearing, Canadians will vote in October’s federal election. Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer is campaigning on a promise to scrap the carbon tax if his party is elected and he becomes prime minister.

A spokeswoman for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said politicians should stop wasting taxpayer dollars to fight climate action in court.

“A price on pollution is one of the most effective and affordable tools that we have to tackle climate change, and one that will leave the vast majority of families better off,” press secretary Sabrina Kim said in an emailed statement Friday.

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