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Statement – Government of Canada responds to Saskatchewan Court Hearing on Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

Press Release

February 14, 2019 – Regina, Saskatchewan

Today, on the conclusion of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal’s hearing on the constitutionality of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, the Honourable Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna issued the following statement:

“The Government of Canada knows that we cannot afford inaction on climate change at this critical time. We thank the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal for hearing the vast diversity of voices – farmers, health professionals, young people, economists, Indigenous peoples, and environmental groups – that support taking climate action by ensuring it is no longer free to pollute. Throughout the hearing, supportive parties reinforced the reality that climate change is a national and global emergency, and that Canada – including all provinces and territories – must play its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continue to build towards a clean energy economy.

“Cumulative greenhouse gas emissions are a matter of national concern. Carbon pollution knows no borders. Putting a price on carbon pollution is a practical, affordable way to reduce emissions. It also ensures Canadians are better off. This year, an eligible Saskatchewan family of four will receive $609 through the Climate Action Incentive payment.

“Carbon pollution pricing is an important part of Canada’s plan and is a practical and affordable measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will support our communities, protect our planet and create good jobs for the middle class.”

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Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
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Environment and Climate Change Canada
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