Pallister said he would withdraw his court challenge if either the joint Ontario-Saskatchewan court challenge succeeds or the Trudeau government is defeated in the next federal election.
The premier confirmed that immediately after unveiling its Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan, and on multiple occasions after that, Manitoba sought the federal government's assurance that it would not impose its tax on Manitobans.
The premier said Ottawa imposed the tax on Manitoba while other provinces have been granted "special treatment and exemptions".More news: Bad Air Killed Over 1.2 Mn In India In 2017
Manitoba initially proposed its own $25-per-tonne flat carbon tax but deleted the levy from its green plan last fall, after the feds deemed it insufficient to battle climate change.
Pallister added that there is no justification for the federal government to have rejected Manitoba's plan while approving less effective plans from other provinces.
Pallister wouldn't directly answer if there's any chance Manitoba could wind up replacing the federal levy with the $25 flat tax.
"We would not need to do that but, at the same time, I don't want to prejudice the legitimacy of our court case by getting into hypotheticals".More news: Panthers 2019 mock draft: Doubling down on the EDGE edition
The premier also noted Manitoba's planned legal challenge could take years to conclude. It makes it more expensive to feed our families and keep them warm during the winter.
Liberal MP Terry Duguid, who represents Winnipeg South, said Pallister is taking the wrong approach.
"Instead of wasting taxpayer dollars in court fighting climate action, we would have hoped to see the premier fight climate change".
Duguid called the federal levy "a practical and affordable way to cut pollution".More news: Mobile's streaming service will feature MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon