What the Alberta election means for the Carbon Tax

Kyle Mack | posted Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2019

Premier Doug Ford congratulated Jason Kenney’s United Conservative party for winning the Alberta election, positioning him as a great ally to fight the carbon tax.

Kenney has been vocal with his promise to kill the Alberta carbon tax and to fight the federal carbon tax in court. In conjunction with the anti-carbon tax support of allying provinces (Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and premiere Scott Moe of Saskatchewan, and Brian Pallister of Manitoba) the backing of Jason Kenney adds additional power to the federal anti-carbon tax case.

Today, the Ontario government released an anti-carbon tax radio ad featuring a female voice speaking to cost increases on families. In addition to the radio ads, Ford has proposed big-brother legislation that requires all retail gasoline pumps to showcase a sticker indicating tax increases from now until 2022.

With all of the negative conversation surrounding the financial burden on Canadian families, no advertising has been placed on the tax incentives. As an incentive to lower carbon emissions, the federal government has indicated that Ontario residents will receive a tax-free climate action incentive payment (estimated by the federal government to be about $300 for an average Ontario household) after filing their 2018 tax return. Under the proposed approach, most of the proceeds collected from Ontarian’s through the fuel charge will be returned directly to Ontario’s individuals and families through Climate Action Incentive Payment.

British Columbia was the first in North America to implement a broad-based carbon tax. B.C. has proven that it is possible to grow the economy while reducing emissions; From 2007 and 2015, the provincial GDP increased more than 17% while their net emissions declined by 4.7%. In April 2018 the B.C. carbon tax rose from $30 to $35 per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. The tax rate is expected to increase by $5 each year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2021. The revenue taken from the tax would then be used to provide carbon tax relief and protect affordability, maintain industry competitiveness, and encourage new green initiatives.

Federal environment and climate change minister Catherine McKenna was not convinced by Ontario’s plan. “Now because Ontario is being less ambitious—at a time when we need to be more ambitious—that means the whole country needs to make up and has to reduce more emissions,” she told CBC

Comments

  • Anita Salisbury says:

    I am concerned with Catherine McKenna, her last sentence on this story is saying the other provinces has to ‘make up’ the difference to eliminate pollution (carbon) but stated in her last televised report that ‘yes, Ontario has eliminated the MOST pollution (carbon) out of all the provinces’. Which is it Ms McKenna, Ontario is ‘bad’ or ‘good’??

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