Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Calgary Herald 4 hrs · Environment minister Shannon Phillips guest column on Alberta's Leadership Plan. #politics----Chris Haslam Firstly, Shannon, the approval of the pipelines has nothing to do with Alberta's carbon tax, in spite of what boy Justin says. They were approved becuase even the federal Liberals figured out that Canada's economy needs a robust energy industry or our economy will continue to languish as it currently is. Tying the approval of the pipelines to this carbon tax merely allowed Jr. to save face with the lefty eco nuts that elected him. Secondly, If 66% get a full rebate how will that incentivize them to reduce their emissions? It won't!! This tax is really just a wealth transfer from the 33% who can "afford it" to the 66% who get rebates...that's really what socialism is all about. This tax is just trying to mask the NDP agenda of wealth transfer under the veil of doing what's right for the environment! The result will be 33% of Albertans subsidizing the energy consumption of 66% of Albertans with Zero impact on emissions!! Like · Reply · 8 · 2 hrs Julie Ali Julie Ali I don't know. I think the NDP and Liberals sat down and made a deal. The NDP begged for pipelines to be approved. The Liberals told them they would if they got the carbon tax agreement. It's the only way that I can imagine the NDP doing this politically suicidal tax. It is a greenwashing tax that raises cash for the GOA to operate in my opinion. I don't believe the GOA's advertisements that this tax will be used to fund blah, blah blah as noted here: https://www.alberta.ca/climate-carbon-pricing.aspx Reinvesting in our economy The carbon levy is the key tool that will pay for the transition to a more diversified economy. Over the next 5 years, the levy is expected to raise $9.6 billion, all of which will be reinvested in the economy and rebated to Albertans. $6.2 billion will help diversify our energy industry and create new jobs: $3.4 billion for large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology $2.2 billion for green infrastructure like public transit $645 million for Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new provincial agency that will support energy efficiency programs and services for homes and businesses $3.4 billion will help households, businesses and communities adjust to the carbon levy: $2.3 billion for carbon rebates to help low- and middle-income families $865 million to pay for a cut in the small business tax rate from 3% to 2% $195 million to assist coal communities, Indigenous communities and others transition to a cleaner economy


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Environment minister Shannon Phillips guest column on Alberta's Leadership Plan.
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By Shannon Phillips Albertans often ask me how the Climate Leadership Plan will affect them and their families. It’s a good question. And with all...
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Jason Schurman I must say that your selective math skills are amazing! 

It was only a couple short years ago, during the provincial election debate I believe, that your government argued that a corporate income tax increase from 10% to 12% was ONLY a 2% increase. A
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Karen Sullivan Well said, Jason.
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Jason Poirier yes Jason, they must use conservative math to make the conservatives understand.
we all know it was only a 2% increase....except, cons argued till they were blue in the face that it was a 20% increase.
stop your crying and start paying for your pollution.
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Jason Schurman Jason Poirier 

Lol. Thank you Jason for completely missing the point of selective math skills while simultaneously showing your limitations in mathematics. 


I hope for the greater good of Alberta, that your math skills are not a true representation of this particular government's voter base. This is a basic math equation and yet you argue so confidently while triumphantly claiming "victory", it's almost sad. Kinda like a train wreck that one can not look way from which encapsulates this government tenure thus far. 

An increase from 10% to 12%, is in fact a 20% increase just the same as a decrease from 3% to 2% is a 33% decrease. 

My post and main point was pertaining to the level of impact each respective increase or decrease will potentially have on the economy. 

Just to clarify, once again, an increase from 10% to 12% is in fact a 20% increase. A 2% increase would be 10.2% corporate tax rate. 

Please, I implore you, do society a favour and perform the math, if you can not do the math in your head, then please, do it on a calculator before you criticize others online for "poor" math skills. 😎
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Barb Foster Hahah... I love your responses! Factual and always entertaining.
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Geoff Letkemann Good grief, Jason Poirier is one step closer to being blocked, I thought I could reason with the guy, but looking at his math skills, he's almost beyond help. If it's compared to say 100%, then yes, 10% to 12% is a 2% increase. Well I for one am glad business doesn't have to pay a 100% tax, or any of us for that matter. So you really can't go by that rule. Anyways, Jason is correct, (the original Jason), and it's actually a 20% increase. If they payed $100,000 in tax last year at 10%, and it went up to 12%, then it would be $120,000 in taxes the following year. Simple, that's 20% more.
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Kyle D.W Wickstrom Shannon Phillips is quite possibly the most arrogant, self centered, condescending slime of a politician Alberta has seen since Allison Redford.
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Gordon Bullivant I could not agree more. Her condescending manner and know it all attitude is simply appalling.
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Cliff Morham Whenever I see this evil witch I turn off the news, could care less what this dirtbag has to lecture us about. Where did these awful people come from? But when you see them constantly explaining themselves they must be starting to realize they've got a...See More
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Tim Cameron You took the word right out of my mouth. I'd add detestable as well. I actually dislike her more than Redford, and I didn't think that would ever be possible.
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Geoff Letkemann Her eyebrows are too far apart. Ok, low blow...
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Julie Ali Maybe all these personal attacks should cease and we should simply vote them out in the next election?
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Chris Haslam Firstly, Shannon, the approval of the pipelines has nothing to do with Alberta's carbon tax, in spite of what boy Justin says. They were approved becuase even the federal Liberals figured out that Canada's economy needs a robust energy industry or our economy will continue to languish as it currently is. Tying the approval of the pipelines to this carbon tax merely allowed Jr. to save face with the lefty eco nuts that elected him. Secondly, If 66% get a full rebate how will that incentivize them to reduce their emissions? It won't!! This tax is really just a wealth transfer from the 33% who can "afford it" to the 66% who get rebates...that's really what socialism is all about. This tax is just trying to mask the NDP agenda of wealth transfer under the veil of doing what's right for the environment! The result will be 33% of Albertans subsidizing the energy consumption of 66% of Albertans with Zero impact on emissions!!
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Julie Ali I don't know. I think the NDP and Liberals sat down and made a deal. The NDP begged for pipelines to be approved. The Liberals told them they would if they got the carbon tax agreement. It's the only way that I can imagine the NDP doing this politically suicidal tax. It is a greenwashing tax that raises cash for the GOA to operate in my opinion. I don't believe the GOA's advertisements that this tax will be used to fund blah, blah blah as noted here: https://www.alberta.ca/climate-carbon-pricing.aspx Reinvesting in our economy
The carbon levy is the key tool that will pay for the transition to a more diversified economy. Over the next 5 years, the levy is expected to raise $9.6 billion, all of which will be reinvested in the economy and rebated to Albertans.

$6.2 billion will help diversify our energy industry and create new jobs:

$3.4 billion for large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology
$2.2 billion for green infrastructure like public transit
$645 million for Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new provincial agency that will support energy efficiency programs and services for homes and businesses
$3.4 billion will help households, businesses and communities adjust to the carbon levy:

$2.3 billion for carbon rebates to help low- and middle-income families
$865 million to pay for a cut in the small business tax rate from 3% to 2%
$195 million to assist coal communities, Indigenous communities and others transition to a cleaner economy
Putting a price on carbon is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that…
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Steve Ball To All Albertans:. There has been a lot of talk of the Wild Rose and PC's merging. For the good of Alberta, this needs to happen. ALL ALBERTA CONSERVATIVES need to put their foolish pride aside and merge the 2 parties, elect a Leader the Majority of both parties is happy with, and ultimately DESTROY THE NDP IN 2019...I am tired of then destroying us. Time to get egos in check. By the way, I am a Wild Rose supporter, but this needs to be done!
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Jason Poirier egos, far too many egos.
Honestly though, they are a worlds apart, the extremists on the WRP will always be extremists, and if they are not under the control of a dictator of sorts a.k.a Harper then they split.....a.k.a reformers and PC's
the conservatives almost always splinter away from that extreme base.
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Steve Ball Wild Rose is not an extremist party. The key to the Unity on the Right will be to remove any Leftists therein
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Jason Poirier Steve Ball I never said they were an extremist party. re-read my comment.
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Gary MacDonald Not to worry, Steve, there isn't enough idiots like Jason Poirier, for the NDP to ever be elected again.
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Julie Ali I don't think the Wildrose need the PCs to win. The PCs need the Wildrose. I am not voting Wildrose if they bring back the PCs into the fold. The PCs were the worse managers and wasted a ton of cash. I will not vote for a merger.
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Julie Ali Jason Poirier The Wildrose folks are not extremists. They are ordinary Albertans just like myself. You should stop the prejudicial chatter. It's not polite.
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Julie Ali Steve Ball I don't think any political party will win if we have divisions of this sort. The Wildrose can be fiscally conservative and have moderate social views. A middle of the road conservative party will win and the Wildrose folks need to become this in order to win. They don't need the useless PCs.
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Nick Sam Hopefully the next thieves that get in voted this scam tax out. What a scam, I am still lost in what this money is going to be used for? Short of lining their own pockets.
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Jason Poirier it's been provided for months, over and over again. so i'm not sure where you've been hiding?
I'll help you out.
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Nick Sam Jason Poirier 
My job consumes most my life. I often don't get out from under the rock. 


Thanks
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Gisèle Perry Burrage Nick Sam ...unlike Jason Poirier who is probably a welfare recipient and lives in his parent's basement.
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Julie Ali Gisèle Perry Burrage Wow. You sure can hurt a person's feelings can't you? Why are you insulting Mr. Poirier for knowing about the GOA policies and spin?
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Larry Charles Ottawa took the step to pipelines because 40 percent of Canadas income is in energy and if they don't pay Quebec they don't get voted in again. Shannon Philips is as much of a joke as her party, now they will come out and say we're being abusive and mean.
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Darvin Puhalsky Well Shannon, I find your column humorous at best, after continued email requests to yourself, Rachel and toothless Joe I have yet to receive a formal response. Now, is it you were scared to say anything or it took you and your pathetic government this long to come up with what you are hoping is a believable lie?
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Julie Ali I have been writing to the NDP for ages and no one replies unless you write on a blog like I do. It's useful to do this. If you write on a blog and put down all the non-responses sometimes the GOA and the politicians will write back. Usually though they write spin.
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Greg Wademan I wonder if Shannon realizes that we could reduce our carbon footprint without resorting to taxation. It also makes me wonder what else the NDP are prepared to tax in order to appease Trudeau.
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Tim Cameron I read a good comment today that said "I wonder if Notley, Phillips and Hoffman were born condescending and obtuse, or did they hone those skills while working closely with each other. Lol. It certainly applies after Phillips comments yesterday about Alberta still standing, I would like to add detestable to the list of adjectives that describe her.
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Julie Ali I find the NDP have become the PCs in their arrogance and indifference to constituents. They are the NDPCs.
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Bryant Norman Well the problem is that you're an idiot
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Ernie Meding Bryant Norman
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Julie Ali This is not a nice way to get your opinion across but certainly the NDP folks aren't helping themselves by ignoring voters.
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Andrew Robert Francis truly brilliant political discourse 😒
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Julie Ali While I admire your ability to do visuals it is kind of childish don't you think?
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Gern Blanston These clows are going to be raping Albertans for the next 2 years with no lube in sight! It's going to be a looooong 2 years!
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Bryant Norman Ommmmmggggg i have to pay an extra 5 cents a litre
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Geoff Letkemann Hardly the point, Bryant. Plus it's not just on the fuel, it's on your utility bill. Then everyone will jack up prices from trucker's to anyone who relies on trucks to get their goods. Not to mention we already pay enough taxes on fuel, almost half ...See More
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Julie Ali Geoff Letkemann I think climate change is real but I don't think this tax is anything other than greenwashing for the global markets. Why would this carbon tax change citizen behavior when the NDP folks are giving most citizens money back? It doesn't make sense. The tax is advertising to the world that Canada is greening and so our oil is good to buy. It won't work. But at least the NDP haven't done the Brad Wall waste of cash in terms of Carbon Capture and Storage as noted here: http://readingchildrensbooks.blogspot.ca/.../according-to...
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Mark Tuite Go away clown 🤡
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Hammad Mohammed Will be voted out asap 100 %.
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Bryant Norman Says you
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Darren Bogach Bryant Norman says at least 68% of Albertans. The NDP's days are numbered. They have had a chance and have proven they have no clue.
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Geoff Letkemann Says most of us. The NDP are toast in the next election, I'll put money on that in fact.
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Julie Ali Bryant Norman I voted NDP to get rid of the PCs. Since then the NDPCs have not kept their promises. They told us they would build 2000 long term care beds. Instead they simply ignored the plight of the seniors and approved of P3 projects already set up by the PCs. The NDP have increased the minimum wage but so what? When the costs of everything go up will this help the poor? And even with rebates for this dumb greenwashing tax there will still be higher costs. So we're not ahead. As for the changes to the system that I thought we would get -no change. There are still kids dying in the child welfare system and no changes in the continuing care system. But they sure were quick to change the rules for donations so that corporate and union donations were not allowed weren't they? I support this law but I note that the NDP moved ASAP so as to cripple fundraising by the PCs. This is a slick group of politicians and they know strategy but it won't help them. I voted NDP and I will vote Wildrose in the next election. Anything but this group of new PCs.
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