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P.E.I backs off Saskatchewan's carbon tax court challenge

Last Updated Aug 31, 2019 at 9:18 am PDT

FILE - A flare stack lights the sky from the Imperial Oil refinery in Edmonton on December 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Summary

A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe's office confirms P.E.I is no longer joining

It initially intervened in the case to reserve the right to participate in the proceedings on either side of the debate

The Saskatchewan government says it respects Prince Edward Island’s choice not to intervene in its Supreme Court of Canada case over the carbon tax after all.

P.E.I. Premier Dennis King said last month his province was joining the court challenge because it wanted to have a chance to speak to the issue if necessary.

He said at the time he didn’t want to be perceived as another Progressive Conservative premier joining other provincial conservative leaders fighting the federal government’s carbon tax.

A spokesman for Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s office confirms P.E.I is no longer joining.

Jim Billington says the island initially intervened in the case to reserve the right to participate in the proceedings on either side of the debate.

“We are encouraged by the support of Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec, and New Brunswick in our case, and we respect PEI’s decision not to intervene,” he said in a statement to The Canadian Press.

The Canadian Press