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Ottawa's carbon-pricing law valid, Ontario's top court rules

Last Updated Jun 28, 2019 at 9:36 am PDT

Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives remarks at a car dealership in Toronto, on Monday, April 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
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Ontario's top court rules federal government's carbon charge is constitutionally sound

Five-judge panel rejected challenge from Premier Doug Ford's government to validity of carbon-pricing law

Ontario and three other provinces argued the Liberal government overstepped its authority in imposing carbon carge

TORONTO – Ontario’s top court has ruled the federal government’s carbon charge is constitutionally sound.

In a split decision, the five-judge panel rejected a challenge from Premier Doug Ford’s government to the validity of the carbon-pricing law.

Ottawa maintains it had to act to deal with the urgent threat of climate change as an issue of national concern.

The federal government said its approach — imposing a levy on gasoline and fossil fuels — respected provincial jurisdiction.

Ontario and three other provinces argued the Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau overstepped its authority in imposing the charge.

Last month in a split decision, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal sided with Ottawa in a similar challenge.