10/03/2016 15:10 EDT | Updated 10/04/2017 01:12 EDT

Nova Scotia let down and surprised by Ottawa's carbon price plan:minister

MONTREAL — Nova Scotia isn't welcoming the prime minister's sudden announcement that Ottawa will set and enforce, if necessary, a minimum price for carbon production.

Margaret Miller, one of a group of provincial environment ministers who walked out on their federal counterpart Monday at a meeting in Montreal, says her province feels let down and surprised.

Miller says Nova Scotia is already on track to make deep emissions cuts and doesn't understand Ottawa's move.

In a statement, Miller says Nova Scotia has already met Canada's target of a 30 per cent reduction in emissions from 2005 by 2030.

Miller says the province needs a solution that won't "punish the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians," who already pay among the highest energy rates in the country.

The federal plan, outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calls for a "floor price" of $10 a tonne in 2018 that increases to $50 a tonne by 2022 — measures that will be forced on the provinces if they don't co-operate.