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Behind First Nations’ demands for climate tax exemptions – National Observer

December 8th 2023

Diesel can run as high as $4 a litre, while gas is as high as $3 a litre, chiefs in northern Ontario told Canada’s National Observer.

And yet, many First Nations in Ontario, especially in northern remote communities, rely on diesel to power critical infrastructure in their communities.

It’s why the Chiefs of Ontario, a regional organization representing 133 chiefs in the province, filed a legal challenge to Ottawa’s carbon tax last week.

The judicial review comes after a couple of years of negotiating with the federal government on what a carbon pricing regime could look like for First Nations in Ontario, Abram Benedict, chief of Akwesasne and head of the environmental file for the Chiefs of Ontario, told Canada’s National Observer.

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