The Wildrose Party hopes to find out more details about the NDP government’s Ecofitt program that aims to install energy-efficient light bulbs and smart thermostats in homes.
EcoFitt is the NDP’s residential no-charge energy savings program for faucet aerators, LED lights, smart thermostats, high-efficiency shower heads and advanced power bars.
MLA Todd Loewen, shadow minister for Environment and Parks, told iNews880, the NDP shouldn’t be taking money collected from the taxpayer for a carbon tax to install light bulbs and other products.
“It just, right off the start, it just looks very, kind of cumbersome to think that we would take dollars from taxpayers and take that money to buy light bulbs for them and install them for them,” explained Loewen.
The program is scheduled to launch in April of this year and Albertans can sign up now, but Loewen thinks there are too few details to get an idea of what the program really means.
“Just at a quick look it doesn’t make sense,” quipped Loewen. “I guess there is a way to make a light bulb more expensive and that is to have the government buy it for you and install it for you too.”
Monday, the first question period of the spring session kicked off, with the Wildrose focusing heavily on the carbon tax, which came into effect Jan. 1, 2017 during the winter break.
“I think everybody is still upset about the carbon tax and that money coming out of their pocketbooks and to think this money is now being spent in this way it just adds insult to injury,” added Loewen.
Leader Brian Jean said Monday, it is more expensive for Albertans to heat their homes, drive and buy groceries because of the carbon tax.
Jean also spent time mocking the EcoFitt plan, asking “how many NDP bureaucrats does it take to install a light bulb.” (twd)