Federal Carbon Tax Debate Heads to Court

The federal and and Ontario governments face each other this week in a court battle over Ottawa's climate change law.

Experts say the case is as much political and ideological as it is legal.

The case centres on the validity of federal legislation that imposes a carbon tax on gasoline and other fossil fuels.

Ontario has denounced the law as an illegal tax grab and is challenging its constitutionality, arguing that Ottawa is intruding on provincial jurisdiction.

Premier Doug Ford is supported by like-minded counterparts in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

The proceedings in Ontario's Court of Appeal will be livestreamed with cameras allowed in the courtroom for the first time in more than a decade.


With files from The Canadian Press