A quick look at some of the reaction to the Supreme Court carbon price decision

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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday the federal carbon price is entirely constitutional. Here's a quick look at some of the reaction to the decision:

"We welcome the Supreme Court's ruling, but Canadians are still worried about the climate crisis and the lack of meaningful action from the Liberal government. They’re being asked to do their part, and they want to know it is making a real difference."

— Laurel Collins, NDP critic for Environment and Climate Change

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"Small firms simply cannot afford a further increase in their overall tax burden, especially as many remain in full lockdown or subject to significant COVID-19 related restrictions."

— Dan Kelly, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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"The fact remains that this tax represents higher costs for millions of Canadian families and businesses, causing significant economic pain in exchange for no environmental gain."

— Aaron Wudrick, federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

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"We are pleased with the court’s ruling affirming the role of the federal government in protecting the health of Canadians ... All levels of government need to act in a co-ordinated fashion to prevent negative health outcomes from carbon pollution."

— Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association.

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"Today’s decision ends a divisive debate that has lasted too long ... It’s time for governments across the country to work together to tackle climate change for the health and economic betterment of all Canadians. That means robust, measurable, climate plans with five-year targets at all levels of government to achieve deep and early emissions reductions on pathways to net-zero by 2050

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“This decision makes it clear: the buck stops with the federal government. The Canadian government must work cooperatively to encourage provincial action, but it can also step in when provinces fail and take the steps required to protect Canadians from climate change.”

— Andrew Gage, staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 25, 2021.

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