STATEMENT FROM PREMIER BRIAN PALLISTER CALLING ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT MANITOBA’S CLIMATE AND GREEN PLAN

The prime minister and I had a positive meeting where we discussed a number of matters of mutual concern, including the need to work together to fight climate change.

During the meeting, I called on him to respect our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and flat carbon pricing approach and to guarantee the federal government will not seek to double it over the next few years.

Manitoba continues to make economic progress, but a $50-per-tonne federal carbon tax threatens our ability to create jobs and economic growth.  Manitoba families, farms and businesses need stability – and an end to the uncertainty being caused by federal pressure.

Our Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan is the right plan for Manitoba.  It will cost less for Manitoba families than Ottawa’s one-size-fits-all model.  In addition, our plan will ensure all carbon revenues collected by the province will be returned to Manitobans directly through lower taxes over the next four years.

Manitoba is Canada’s greenest province and Manitobans will continue to lead and do our part to fight climate change.  But these efforts should be respected by the federal government to allow Manitoba to continue growing our economy.

We will continue to take action to protect the interests of Manitobans.