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'Alberta wants its money back': Justice Minister calls for end to federal carbon tax

Last Updated Feb 26, 2020 at 1:39 pm EDT

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General is sworn into office, in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. Schweitzer (Justice and Solicitor General) represents Calgary-Elbow as a first-term MLA. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Following a ruling from the Court of Appeal, The Government of Alberta is now pushing Ottawa to scrap its carbon tax.

In a letter sent to Attorney General David Lametti Wednesday, Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer is demanding the province be removed from Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (GGPPA).

“Albertans expect the Government of Canada to abide by the decision of the Court by immediately removing Alberta from the GGPPA’s Part I list and to work out a process for the reimbursement to Albertans of taxes paid,” the letter reads.

On Monday, the Alberta Court of Appeal deemed the federal carbon tax unconstitutional following a challenge by the United Conservative government.

The UCP scrapped the provincial carbon tax last May but the federal government moved in with its pricing plan on Jan. 1, 2020.

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Schweitzer said the federal government has until the end of the week to respond to Alberta’s demands or face further legal action.

Previous challenges to scrap the carbon tax for Saskatchewan and Ontario were unsuccessful.

Those cases are now heading to the Supreme Court of Canada.