After a weekend of rallies against the carbon tax all across the province, the NDP government is defending its legislation.
“It’s either a made in Alberta plan today or a made in Ottawa plan tomorrow,” said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips.
“Certainly the official opposition believes that we should have a plan imposed upon us and that’s not the approach that our government is taking. So, we’ve designed a plan that works for Albertans with two-thirds of Albertans getting a rebate, with substantial investments in energy efficiency for example that create jobs here at home.”
Phillips said they didn’t move ahead without first consulting Albertans about a carbon tax.
“Last fall we had some very robust conversations with Albertans. They were conversations that the official opposition did not participate in at all, but thousands of Albertans did. And we’ve been out in communities since and so there’s been a lot of opportunity for Albertans to shape this plan and that’s why we’ve come out with a plan that’s tailored to Alberta.”
The carbon tax includes levies on transportation and heating fuels like gasoline , propane, natural gas, and diesel, but will not apply to consumer purchases of electricity. On January 1, the levy will be applied to fuels at a rate of $20/tonne and rise to $30/tonne one year later. (djs)