Alberta government moves to kibosh carbon tax


Premier Jason Kenney is going through with his plan to eliminate the carbon tax. On May 22, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 1, An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax, and if passed, the repeal will come into force at 12:01 a.m. on May 30, 2019.

“Promise made, promise kept,” the premier said in a news release. “We campaigned on scrapping the job-killing carbon tax and Albertans responded loud and clear. We’re keeping our commitment to eliminate this tax grab to create jobs and put more money back into the pockets of hard-working Albertans.”

According to the United Conservatives, repealing the carbon tax will “free up nearly $1.4 billion of tax burden, create 6,000 jobs, save the average small business $4,500 annually and save Alberta families up to $1,150 a year.”

NDP Leader Rachel Notley took to Twitter to show her opposition, writing, “Premier Kenney is taking $1.4 billion away from low and middle income Albertans, from communities across this province, from swimming pools, schools, and recreation centres all so he can give profitable corporations a massive tax cut – this is a classic bait and switch.”

Homes in Alberta that received a rebate for the period from April 1 to June 30 will not be asked to pay any of it back.

Although the provincial government is hoping to pull back on the carbon tax, it will still keep the levy on large industrial emitters under the Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) regime, as part of its plan to tackle climate change.

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