"We're going to court - sadly", he told reporters, after refusing for months to commit to a court challenge after surprisingly withdrawing his own carbon tax scheme.
Manitoba has joined a list of conservative-led provinces challenging the federal government's backstop carbon tax in court. Pallister said that the federal government has given special treatment and exemptions to other provinces and that is unfair to Manitobans.
The premier noted the Manitoba court case could be pre-empted if Saskatchewan wins its constitutional challenge against the carbon tax or if October's federal election produces a government that eliminates the pollution levy. The federal government's carbon tax will impact Ontario's hospitals by increasing annual heating costs by $10.9 million in 2019, soaring to $27.2 million in 2022. This increase will rise to 5.9 cents in 2020, 7.8 cents in 2021, and 9.8 cents per cubic metre in April 2022.
Manitoba initially proposed its own $25-per-tonne flat carbon tax but deleted the levy from its green plan last fall, after the feds deemed it insufficient to battle climate change.
"We know that the federal carbon tax will increase the cost to heat your home, fuel your vehicle and feed your family", said Minister Phillips.
"There is no justification for the federal government to have rejected Manitoba's plan while approving less effective plans from other provinces."
"Instead of wasting taxpayer dollars in court fighting climate action, we would have hoped to see the premier fight climate change".
As outlined in Ontario's environment plan, the province is committed to meeting its share of Canada's 2030 target while recognizing the unique circumstances of our economy.
Pallister would not say whether he will revive the $25 carbon tax he originally planned if the federal levy is struck down.
That prompted Ottawa to impose its own tax in the four provinces, which started Monday.