Manitoba Liberals Will Seek Intervener Status in PC Carbon Tax Lawsuit

April 5, 2019

Manitoba Liberals Will Seek Intervener Status in PC Carbon Tax Lawsuit

WINNIPEG - Dougald Lamont, Leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party and MLA for St. Boniface says that if the Pallister government proceeds with its misguided lawsuit against the Federal carbon tax, Liberals will seek intervener status to argue that the PC's own plan is completely inadequate to deal with climate change.

"It is bizarre that the Premier, who has said he opposes 'judge-made law' now wants a 'judge-made' climate plan. The court deserves the facts about the plans failings." said Lamont. "If the Pallister Government is going to argue their plan is credible, the court should know that it is not a plan at all. It has no goals, no commitments and it asks for credit for imaginary coal fired plants that were never built."

Ironically, one of the elements of the PC Climate Plan, which included a carbon tax, was a legal recommendation from Law Professor Bryan Schwarz, who said the Province has no legal ground to stand on in a lawsuit.

Pallister's Climate Plan was released in October 2017 and the PCs haven't acted on anything in it other than taking out the Carbon Tax portion. This is because the document repeats the words 'could, is considering, and maybe'. It is evident the government does not plan on acting on any of the suggestions in the plan.

Lamont said the PCs Climate Plan also only looked at one side of the ledger of emissions - it only measured cuts, but not increases.

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