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B.C. intervenes in greenhouse gas fight between Ottawa, Ontario and Saskatchewan

Last Updated Nov 27, 2018 at 11:51 am PDT

FILE: Attorney General David Eby speaks during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday April 26, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

The B.C. government plans to intervene in court cases where provinces are challenging Ottawa's carbon tax plans

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says it will intervene in separate court cases in Saskatchewan and Ontario where those provinces are challenging federal authority to pass legislation that puts a minimum price on greenhouse gas pollution.

B.C. Attorney General David Eby says the province intends to argue federal and provincial governments share a role in addressing climate change.

He says B.C. will argue both the province and federal government have a role in addressing climate change, but the federal government has the right and responsibility to put a price on carbon pollution.

Environment Minister George Heyman says B.C. is already leading the country when it comes to carbon pricing with its decade-old carbon tax, but it believes the provinces should follow the national climate strategy.

Saskatchewan and Ontario are appealing to their respective high courts challenging federal authority to pass a greenhouse gas pollution pricing act that sets a minimum national pollution pricing system.

The Saskatchewan case is slated to be heard in February of 2019, while the Ontario challenge is scheduled for April.