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Ontario government supports Chiefs of Ontario

By Tim Davidson Dec 5, 2023 | 12:59 PM

The provincial government says it’s endorsing the Chiefs of Ontario’s fight against the carbon tax.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford the federal government has refused to negotiate with the First Nations on the implementation of the carbon tax.

“We saw an extraordinary action taken by the Chiefs of Ontario and it’s one that we strongly support,” Rickford told the Ontario Legislature during Question Period on Monday.

“I hope that the member from Kiiwetinoog (Sol Mamakwa) will stand in solidarity with the Indigenous leadership from across the province, who have filed this injunction.”

Rickford suggests the Chiefs of Ontario has taken this action because the federal government has refused to negotiate with First Nations.

“The federal government, of course, responded by saying we are pledging 0.7 % relief from the carbon charge to Indigenous populations across Canada.  That is a mere pittance!”

Rickford says the federal government has hand-picked a region of Canada for relief of the carbon tax, and ignored other vulnerable populations in Ontario.

The Chiefs of Ontario launched the judicial review into the Carbon Tax last week.