Calgary MP Jason Kenney continues his campaign for the Alberta PC Leadership, making a pledge to axe the Notley Government’s carbon tax.
Speaking to the Economic Club of Calgary, Kenney pledged that his first priority if elected Premier would be to restore investor confidence by lowering taxes.
“My goal would be to restore the Alberta Advantage through the lowest taxes in Canada.” Kenney told reporters. “I would start by repealing the NDP’s job-killing carbon tax. They have no democratic mandate to impose it. It means no measurable environmental gain.”
Kenney says the tax was brought under the guise of getting social license to get pipelines approved, however Kenney claims opposition to pipelines has gotten stronger.
He also says the because it’s not revenue-neutral, the tax is really just a way to redistribute wealth
Kenney was also asked about the controversial stance of Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch.
The former Federal Immigration Minister says he was surprised to hear Leitch sent out a poll to asking whether immigrants and refugees should be screened for “anti-Canadian values”.
“Well I find it peculiar coming from Ms. Leitch because in the many years she was a member of the Conservative caucus in the Cabinet, she never once raised this as an issue.” Says Kenney. “So it looks to me as though she hasn’t really thought it through.”
“It looks like an improvised position.” he says. “I don’t take it very seriously.” (ms, News Talk 770)