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Kenney says Alberta didn't prep carbon tax fallback plan, was hoping to win in court

Last Updated Mar 26, 2021 at 12:49 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney holds a media conference at the Alberta United Conservative Party Annual General Meeting in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said his government didn’t prepare a fallback plan on implementing a consumer carbon tax because it was hoping to win in the country’s top court.

Kenney said the province was buoyed by a lower court win in Alberta and noted that three of the nine Supreme Court justices had concerns with yesterday’s majority decision that the tax is onside with the Constitution.

Alberta is currently paying a federally imposed levy, and Kenney said that will continue as his United Conservative government consults on the best way to implement a new fee that delivers the least impact on business and consumers.

Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario had challenged the federal tax in court, arguing it was an unconstitutional intrusion on provincial rights to manage their resources.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said Thursday that in light of the court decision, his government will look at introducing its own carbon tax for fuel, similar to a model used in New Brunswick.

Alberta Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley said Kenney has wasted precious time by not having an Alberta-friendly Plan B ready to go, and it underscores his rigidity on adapting to the modern energy economy.