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Federal carbon tax is constitutional rules Supreme Court of Canada

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OTTAWA, ON – It’s a major victory for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government, one that won’t sit too well with Alberta.

In a 6-3 decision Wednesday morning, Canada’s highest court ruled the federal carbon tax is indeed constitutional.

The court decided Ottawa did not overstep its authority by imposing the often controversial tax on provinces that had no plans to price emissions.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled there was nothing unconstitutional about federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act passed in 2018.

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Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says this ruling affirms that carbon pricing in integral to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and responding to the threat of climate change.

Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta had been fighting the legislation arguing the federal law interfered with provinces’ rights to develop their own natural resources.

As expected, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is disappointed. He says Alberta will continue to fight to protect the province’s right to regulate its resource industries.

“We are going to consult with Albertans and also talk to our allied provinces to determine the best way forward and to protect jobs and the economy in Alberta,” stated Kenney Thursday.

The federal carbon price applies in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and is applied on the cost of buying fuels, from gasoline and diesel to coal and natural gas.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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