Manitoba Prime Minister said he would end the court battle and negotiate carbon prices with Ottawa

The Manitoba State Government has decided not to appeal the court’s ruling that the federal government has the right to impose carbon prices on the state.

Instead, Prime Minister Heather Stephenson wants more friendly negotiations with Ottawa than his predecessor, Brian Pallister.

“I think this is an opportunity for us to push a reset with the federal government and build a more collaborative relationship with the federal government,” Stephenson said Wednesday.

“We are cautiously optimistic that our conversations with the Prime Minister will allow us to make transactions that are clearly in the best interests of Manitoba.”

In 2018, Paris Star planned a flat price of $ 25 per ton of carbon. This was lower than the federal minimum escalation level, but Manitoba deserves billions of dollars in credit spent on clean hydropower projects that utility customers continue to pay, Manitoba said. Said.

Manitoba’s emission plans, including subsidies for wetland improvement and fuel efficiency in the truck industry, could meet or exceed federal emission targets without imposing high carbon taxes, Parister said.

Ottawa has promised to bring “backstop” carbon prices to states that do not meet its demands and return money to individuals primarily through income tax refunds.

Manitoba brought the matter to federal court and lost the case last month.

Stephenson did not provide any sign that Ottawa had eased its demands or agreed to give Manitoba a discount on its energy development.

“I think those discussions are underway. I’m not going to reveal that right now.”

Opposition NDP leader Wab Kinew said Manitoba should reach an agreement with Ottawa and develop its own carbon price plan.

“Spend money on nonsensical court battles is doing nothing to resolve the climate crisis,” he said.

Canada’s carbon prices will start at $ 20 per ton in 2019 and will rise to $ 170 per ton by 2030. The current price of $ 40 per ton adds about $ 8.8 cents per liter to gasoline and an additional $ 3.50 to fill 40 liters. car’s.

Canadian press