NDP PREMIER, RACHEL NOTLEY, INTRODUCES THE PREDATORY CARBON TAX IN ALBERTA
On January 1, 2017, Alberta's economy-wide "classic" carbon tax came into effect, putting a price on carbon dioxide emission at $20 per tonne. This cost will be increased to $30 per tonne of carbon-dioxide emissions by 2018.
Alberta’s carbon tax is expected to raise $9.6 billion over five years and by 2018, will bring in government revenue equal to a 3 percent sales tax!
Making matters worse, the vast majority of revenue generated by Alberta's NDP government through their carbon tax will be spent on government programs, with only a third of taxpayers receiving rebates.
Premier Notley has stated that Alberta will be increasing their carbon tax price to $50 per tonne of carbon dioxide by 2022. Projections from various analysts showing the cost that Alberta's carbon tax will have on individual households in Alberta have ranged from $600 to $2,569, per year, by 2022.
BRIAN JEAN, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION, FIGHTS THE CARBON TAX
Alberta’s leader of the official opposition is MLA Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party.
Jean has long vowed to scrap the NDP’s broad-based $20 a tonne carbon dioxide tax, correctly referring to it as “a very bad and regressive tax”.
At the Wildrose party's annual general meeting in 2016, rank and file party members gave Jean a mandate to continue fighting the NDP's carbon tax.
On Prime Minister Trudeau imposing a federal carbon tax on the provinces, Jean has said, “Ottawa’s plan to impose a carbon tax on all provinces is one I do not support and will never support. Albertans can be assured Wildrose will campaign on repealing the NDP government’s carbon tax and being a champion for the vast majority of Albertans who do not support a carbon tax being forced on us by the Liberal government in Ottawa."
JASON KENNY: STOP THE CARBON TAX
The PC Party of Alberta, which governed the province from 1971 until 2015, is currently the third place party in terms of seats in the Alberta legislature. On March 18, 2017 Alberta PC Party members elected former federal Member of Parliament Jason Kenney as leader.
Along with focusing his leadership campaign on “uniting the right”, Kenney made scrapping the carbon tax a central theme in his campaign.
Kenney compares the fight against the federal Liberal government’s imposition of a carbon tax, to the fight against Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s National Energy Program in the early 1980s. He states: “This is an invasion of provincial jurisdiction. I think the government should be in lockstep with the real leader of western Canada right now, Premier Wall, in fighting this every step of the way", and goes on to elaborate by saying, "This is all economic pain for no environmental gain. All it’s going to do is push the economic activity from Canada to jurisdictions without a carbon tax.”
ALBERTANS OPPOSE THE CARBON TAX
Alberta polls have shown that both Jean and Kenney are in tune with Alberta voters on this issue. Two polls in 2017, Lethbridge College’s Citizen Society Research Lab, and ThinkHQ Public Affairs, have found that about two-thirds of Albertans are opposed to the NDP's "classic" carbon tax.
Albertans are lucky the official opposition - Wildrose Party - is fighting against carbon taxes as some Canadian provinces don’t even have one official party leader opposing carbon taxes. With Jason Kenney leading the Alberta PC Party, Albertans have two official party leaders fighting against carbon taxes.
Come the next provincial election in Alberta in 2019, Albertans will be well positioned to Axe the Carbon Tax!