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November 17, 2021

MANITOBA CONFIRMS NO APPEAL IN CARBON TAX CASE

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Resetting With Different Approach, Pursuing Collaborative Negotiations Based on Results and Recognition: Premier

Manitoba will not be filing an appeal from the recent Federal Court decision on its challenge of Ottawa’s original assessment of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, Premier Heather Stefanson announced today.

“In a recent positive and productive discussion with the prime minister, I made clear my intention to reset our relationship on key shared priorities and opportunities for a strong social and economic recovery for Manitobans and all Canadians,” said Stefanson. “Effectively addressing climate change, while recognizing Manitoba’s clean and green energy profile and its unique circumstances, requires a more collaborative approach.”

Manitoba’s legal challenge was about the federal government’s approach to measuring the stringency of Manitoba’s plan and unequal treatment relative to other provincial plans, the premier noted. While that process has helped to clarify Ottawa’s approach to the next round of recognizing actual results on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, it is time to be forward-looking as the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan continues to evolve.

“Our government will always stand up for our hydro investments and clean and green Manitoba profile, while balancing our economic interests, Manitoba jobs, our agricultural and transportation sectors, Manitoba families and their financial health, and the unique needs of Indigenous and northern and remote communities,” said Stefanson. “But advancing all of these interests during the negotiations in 2022 is best served by a new direction and a fresh start.”

Manitoba is developing its policy approach to the new federal legislative and regulatory framework with its Dec. 31, 2022, timeline and looks forward to constructive negotiations over the months ahead, Stefanson noted.

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