In a recent announcement the Provincial Government has confirmed it is
not moving ahead with the proposed $25 per tonne carbon tax. When Premier
Brian Pallister was asked about the reversal he stated it was because Manitoba
did not receive assurance from the Federal Government that it wouldn’t
implement the federal backstop that would eventually bring the rate up to
The MTA and It’s members applaud and Provincial Government’s decision to
scrap the Carbon Tax instead focusing on non-tax GHG reduction programming.
While the province won’t be implementing a carbon tax, it will still
proceed with its Climate and Green Plan which outlines options to reduce carbon
emissions. One of the options under consideration being the MTA’s
trucking efficiency plan “The GrEEEner Trucking Fuel Efficiency
With the provincial carbon tax being rescinded members do need to be
aware that federal carbon pricing is on the way instead. The federal
government has clearly stated it will begin collecting a $20/tonne fee in
January 2019 in any province that doesn’t have its own carbon tax structure in
place. That fee will increase by $10 per year until it reaches
$50/tonne. Outside of the obvious cost challenges, Ottawa has not been as
clear on what it intends to do with the carbon tax revenue. While revenue
will be returned to the province where it’s collected, it’s unknown at this
time whether that will be through a direct payment to individuals, by flowing
the money through the provincial government, or another option.
It is clear to the MTA that the Federal Government has, so far, decided
to dig in on their support of an annually increasing carbon pricing
system. Because of this, work continues to focus on the Provincial Government.
The reception the MTA’s GrEEEner plan has received has been universally
positive. Members can trust that MTA staff are diligently working to make
this program a reality.
Trucking fuel efficiency is not only positive for our industry but those
we serve. It also has the added bonus of GHG reductions within our
sector. It is believed that work on this project will ultimately be
successful, meaning our industry members can offset the cost increases of the
federal carbon pricing program by participating in what we know will be a
positive provincial initiative.
Members wanting more information on this issue or the GrEEEner Trucking
Fuel Efficiency Initiative are encouraged to contact the MTA.