Quebec joins Saskatchewan in carbon tax challenge
Quebec would be the latest province to join Ontario, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan to challenge the federal government’s levy as unconstitutional.
The provincial government announced the decision in a press release earlier today.
“The purpose of this intervention will be to ensure the legal and economic security of the Quebec emission cap and trading system (SPEDE) by ensuring the jurisdiction and jurisdictional autonomy of Quebec in this area,” stated the press release.
Originally, Quebec praised the federal government’s decision to implement a carbon tax but in what is a total reversal of opinion, the province has now expressed its total opposition to it on the basis of constitutional rights and the security of the province’s cap-and-trade system.
In 2012, the province had introduced a cap-and-trade plan to fight climate change which costs polluters a little over $20 a tonne. Due to this system, Quebec was able to avoid having the federal government’s ready made carbon tax implemented in the province.
“It is important for our government to intervene in this debate to ensure that Quebec can defend its position and that it be heard before the Supreme Court of Canada. The Quebec government has shown real leadership in implementing its own carbon exchange,” said Sonia LeBel, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec.
“He considers that he had acted within his field of competence and will reiterate in his speech the importance of protecting the autonomy of the provinces and their ability to decide for themselves their own fields of competence.”
According to the Montreal Economic Institute the province of Alberta, which recently abandoned its own carbon tax, would have to pay 50% more than Quebec on carbon.
In May, Saskatchewan lost its battle against the carbon tax in the Court of Appeal after judges ruled that the federal government’s decision was constitutional, but now the case has been taken all the way to the supreme court.
Statistics Canada has revealed the number of Canadians living below the poverty line, according to 2018’s tax return figures.
The agency says that 3.2 million Canadians are living below the poverty line—which tops out at 8.7 percent of the population, compared to 9.5 percent in 2017.
The child poverty rate has also decreased since 2012, dropping from 15 percent to 8.2 percent in that time. Still, that totals out to 566,000 children living in poverty.
Canada’s child poverty rate of 8.2 percent has not drastically changed one way or the other since 2017.
Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen touted the numbers as a victory in his speech addressing the figures this morning in Ottawa.
“This is the largest three-year reduction in poverty in Canadian history, and poverty is at its lowest point on record in Canada.”
Toronto-area GO Trains have been halted after protestors were cleared from weeks-long rail blockades near Belleville, Ontario.
The group, known as the “Wet’suwet’en Strong: Hamilton Solidarity,” migrated to the tracks of the Bayview Junction in the Chicago-to-Toronto rail corridor that also serves Amtrak, VIA, and Go Transit, The Globe and Mail reports.
The group said in a Facebook post that they were served with an injunction by police, which they “happily burned.” The group then set up blockades on the GO tracks, which the group has said is in response to the OPP’s dismantling of blockades on Tyendaninaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville.
Those blockades were broken up Monday morning after police forced protestors to leave, eventually arresting 10 people on the scene. The blockades, which stayed up for three weeks, caused nationwide economic stagnation as both CN rail and VIA rail had to temporarily lay off employees, along with other massive inconveniences such as supply shortages.
But after the blockade was taken down, the protestors saw it fit that they continue their rallies, this time on commute tracks.
The group posted on Facebook Monday, saying that “the violence the state has perpetrated towards Indigenous land defenders and their supporters, the forced removal and criminalization of Indigenous people from their lands” was their reason for protesting. “This is a pattern that has existed since settlers came to Turtle Island and that continues to exist today.”
Another blockade has been set up on Highway 6 in Caledonia, Ontario as well, blocking traffic between Argyle and Greens Road.
Amber Heard is cancelled. She has been bombarded by endless hate ever since leaks of the Aquaman actress’s admission of abuse against Johnny Depp were released, prompting her to shut off the comments on her Instagram page.
Despite the hate, the once-popular actress has not recused herself from social media and continues to post on both her Instagram and Twitter—but she has limited her interactions with her wide audience.
Earlier posts dated to January, which were previously filled with pristine replies, are now a mire of angry commentary. In a post on January 15, the actress wrote that she was “missing her Hawaiian tribe.” The replies to her vary from remarks calling her an “abuser” and “you’ll also be missing your career” to more spiteful ones like “we hope you go missing.”
In more recent posts, a notification reads: “comments on this post have been limited,” substituting the thousands of replies that fill the rest of her older updates.
Earlier this month, proof that Amber Heard committed domestic violence against her then-husband Depp surfaced on the Daily Mail. The audio hears the actress admitting to striking Depp.
“I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched,” she said.
“You didn’t get punched. You got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this. But I did not punch you. But I did not fucking deck you. I was fucking hitting you,” she said, drawing a distinction between “punching” and “hitting.”
The release of the recording is the first of two obtained by the Daily Mail, which released a follow-up tape in which the Aquaman actress can be heard threatening Depp with a sort of #MeToo allegation, which she made good on later on when she appeared in public with a bruised face and hit Depp with a restraining order. She even wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, coming out as a survivor of sexual violence.
The widely-publicized allegations led to Depp’s abrupt cancellation by the public as an abusive husband who fit every stereotype of an unhinged rock star. In defamation proceedings against the actress in 2019, Depp revealed that he obtained 87 surveillance camera videos that captured the abuse, along with third-party witnesses who backed up his allegations against her. As The Post Millennial reported, Depp was the victim—not the abuser.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced his plan to table what will be “Bill Number One” of the next session of Alberta’s next legislation.
The bill, which Kenney called the Critical Infrastructure Defense Act, will create “new, and stiff critical penalties for anyone who riots on, or seeks to impair critical economic infrastructure in the province of Alberta.”
“We need national leadership to ensure that Canada is a country characterized by the rule of law, and we are pleased to see that action is finally being taken by police services to enforce court orders, but Alberta will do its part,” said Kenney, before announcing the bill.
Kenney’s statements came on the same day that Ontario Provincial Police moved in on blockaders on Mohawk territory after calls from the federal government to clear the railways of blockades and protestors.
Blockaders had stopped trains from running for the previous three weeks in support of anti-pipeline activists.
The announcement came during a lengthy address to media after the Alberta provincial court’s decision to strike down the Trudeau Liberals’ federal carbon tax—a fate opposite than that in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Kenney went on to say that his government would “not back down” to hostility from the federal government, pressure from special interest groups, or regulatory uncertainty that could potentially inhibit investment in Alberta resource development.
Kenney also reached out to the federal government, requesting that Ottawa work together with Alberta in developing Alberta’s “rich” natural resources, “to generate that wealth in a responsible way.”