Premier Higgs reacts to Saskatchewan Court of Appeal Decision on federal carbon tax
New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says he is disappointed by the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal regarding the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax.
In a statement released on Friday, Higgs says New Brunswick remains committed to doing its part to reduce carbon emissions, adding the unfair federal tax does not, and will not, work within the strategies developed in New Brunswick to address one of the most pressing issues of our times.
Higgs feels the court's conclusions will, "almost certainly find their way to the Supreme Court of Canada for its opinion, and we will be part of that process."
Since 2005, New Brunswick has reduced its carbon output by 28%, mostly due to closures of coal and oil-fired power plants, restructuring in the forestry sector, incorporation of wind energy and investments in energy efficiency.
According to the statement, the province is on track to lower its emissions by 30% before 2030.
Higgs says the province will seek advice from the Attorney General to determine the most effective way to continue the province's opposition to the federal carbon tax, and will take the time to review the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal's findings to ensure New Brunswick's interests are put first.