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N.B. carbon tax to rise as planned

Budget 2022 lays out billions in new spending on climate change initiatives, but the Liberals acknowledge that billions more in annual investment are needed to hit net-zero economy goal. File / Global News

New Brunswick will raise the provincial carbon tax to $40 a tonne on April 1, as mandated by the federal government.

Global News previously reported that New Brunswick would not see an increase to its carbon tax on April 1 after the government failed to pass the necessary legislation in time to receive royal assent on Friday, based on comments made by government house leader Glen Savoie during a scrum on Friday morning.

Jennifer Vienneau, a spokesperson with the department of finance and treasury board, sent a clarification after the initial story was published.

“While the Bill has yet to receive Royal Assent, the 2021-22 Budget was voted on and passed on March 26 and includes the increase in the carbon tax. The Bill has a coming into force date of April 1, 2021,” she wrote.

Lawmakers debated Bill 32 on March 19 and March 23, but it never made it to a second reading vote.

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