Monday, January 2, 2017

--Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the province was "still standing" a day after its carbon tax took effect, and Albertans who opposed the levy could start seeing rebate cheques within days.--------------- Julie Ali Just now · CBC News · The province is still standing in the words of Shannon Phillips but the citizens of the province aren't happy about the carbon tax. Why? I would say because this wasn't part of the NDP election platform. We were fooled by the NDP into electing them. This won't happen again. I also doubt that the carbon tax will have the desired effect of changing consumer behavior. So what this means is that this tax is for the purposes of greenwashing the province and for generating extra tax dollars. While the GOA says this money will go to specific areas of use I really doubt this. When has government actually done what it would say it would do? Just look at the promise to build 2,000 long term care beds. The NDP folks are still waiting for the next election to make the same promise yet again to credulous NDP supporters. What the NDP have done is fooled the folks who voted for them --like myself --and it won't happen again. This isn't about the efficacy of the carbon tax. It's about living the values of the NDP and not springing a tax on us that they did not advertise before we elected them. This is underhand and I personally find it shameful. But of course, we're just the gullible folks who voted NDP. We're just the ones to fool. This tax is all about getting pipelines approved and the bonus is that there is more money for the GOA to waste. Alberta minister says province 'still standing' on Day 2 of carbon tax Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the province was "still standing" a day after its carbon tax took effect, and Albertans who opposed the levy could start… CBC.CA LikeShow more reactionsCommentShare

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Alberta minister says province 'still standing' on Day 2 of carbon tax

Wildrose critic says 'science isn't settled' on climate change

By Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press Posted: Jan 02, 2017 6:10 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 02, 2017 6:14 PM MT
Albertans started paying an extra 4.5 cents per litre of fuel when the carbon tax came into effect Jan. 1.
Albertans started paying an extra 4.5 cents per litre of fuel when the carbon tax came into effect Jan. 1. (CBC)
Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said the province was "still standing" a day after its carbon tax took effect, and Albertans who opposed the levy could start seeing rebate cheques within days.
But Opposition Wildrose critic Don MacIntyre said the majority of Albertans continue to oppose the tax, and that the science isn't settled on whether humans are responsible for the majority of climate change.
The tax officially began Sunday, adding 4.5 cents per litre of gasoline at the pumps as well as hiking costs for home heating.
Phillips held a news conference Monday where she addressed what she felt was "misinformation" about the levy, a day after deputy premier Sarah Hoffman held a similar media availability in the legislature building.
"There is no doubt this is a large change for Alberta. It's a large change with large rewards, and it is completely fair for ordinary Albertans to have questions," Phillips said.
Like Hoffman a day earlier, Phillips stressed the link between the NDP government's new tax on carbon and the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in November.
MacIntyre, however, said pipelines were still built before there were carbon taxes, and that pipeline approvals should be based on scientific merit by the National Energy Board rather than politics.
"It is a rather typical move on the part of a socialist government to tax its businesses into insolvency and its people into poverty and then offer us a crumb or two of our own money and expect us to be grateful. Well, we're not," MacIntyre said.
Shannon Phillips
Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said she held a news conference Monday to counter some of the 'misinformation' circulating about the carbon tax. (CBC)

Wildrose critic says science isn't settled 

Several large protests against the tax have been held at the legislature in the last few months, with critics demanding a referendum.
Phillips said the costs of the tax to Albertans will be nominal, despite opposition claims that families will pay thousands of dollars.
Cheques to offset the costs, based on income from tax returns from 2015, start being sent this week, she said, and will be re-evaluated after Albertans file their 2016 returns.
She said details for rebates for energy efficiency upgrades will be announced before March.
Don McIntyre
Don McIntyre, the Wildrose critic for electricity and renewables, said pipelines should be approved for scientific, not political reasons. (CBC )
MacIntyre argued Albertans were involved in green, energy-efficiency projects long before the NDP came to power in
2015.
But when MacIntyre was challenged by a reporter whether there was a discrepancy between his call for a science-based approval process for pipelines and his view that it's wrong to claim climate change is primarily man-made, he said the science "isn't settled."
In 2007, a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- a group of hundreds of the world's leading scientists -- said global warming was human-made and blamed it largely on the burning of oil and other fossil fuels.
"You can't say that any more," MacIntyre said Monday. "The science isn't settled."
   



Julie Ali
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Province may be standing but we won't be standing for the NDP Folks in the next provincial election. They will be out.

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The province is still standing in the words of Shannon Phillips but the citizens of the province aren't happy about the carbon tax. Why? I would say because this wasn't part of the NDP election platform. We were fooled by the NDP into electing them. This won't happen again.
I also doubt that the carbon tax will have the desired effect of changing consumer behavior. So what this means is that this tax is for the purposes of greenwashing the province and for generating extra tax dollars. While the GOA says this money will go to specific areas of use I really doubt this. When has government actually done what it would say it would do? Just look at the promise to build 2,000 long term care beds. The NDP folks are still waiting for the next election to make the same promise yet again to credulous NDP supporters. What the NDP have done is fooled the folks who voted for them --like myself --and it won't happen again. This isn't about the efficacy of the carbon tax. It's about living the values of the NDP and not springing a tax on us that they did not advertise before we elected them. This is underhand and I personally find it shameful.
But of course, we're just the gullible folks who voted NDP. We're just the ones to fool. This tax is all about getting pipelines approved and the bonus is that there is more money for the GOA to waste.

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