The Alberta government has announced that its proposal to implement carbon taxes has passed in Legislature:
The Alberta government passed its contentious carbon tax bill Tuesday but opposition MLAs decried the NDP’s unwillingness to accept amendments.
It was the final bill to pass as the spring session came to an end.
Premier Rachel Notley and house leader Brian Mason will speak about the bill and the session LIVE at 1 p.m.
The tax, which comes into effect Jan. 1, 2017, will be paid by Albertans through their home heating bills and at the gas pumps. Lower-income Albertans will start receiving rebates in January.
MLAs sat until 4:37 a.m Tuesday while the bill went through the committee of the whole. Only one of 21 amendments proposed by the opposition last night were passed.
Government MLAs defeated amendments that would have disclosed the amount of the carbon tax on fuel receipts, set performance measures to test the effectiveness of the tax, and provided exemptions or rebates to charities.
I’m not sure why the amendments listed in the CBC article were shot down. What’s wrong with listing how much additional tax is levied for carbon on your gas bill? Why aren’t we assessing the effectiveness of the carbon tax? For once, these actually seem like reasoned criticisms from the Wildrose. I’m legit curious though–if anyone knows why these are bad ideas, I’m all ears, because intuitively they sound halfway intelligent to me.
The official opposition Wildrose Party opposes the tax because they believe it will place an additional burden on families struggling with the province’s economic downturn.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said the carbon tax will hurt vulnerable people and those who help them.
Aaaand the Wildrose is back to normal.
Most “vulnerable people” are vulnerable because they don’t have assets, like cars, to sell off. Oh, unless you mean the precious middle class, who are going to buckle under the weight of $180/year. FYI, I could fit that into my budget, and I’m below the frackin poverty line. Oh, and of course the Wildrose, like any right wing party, believes austerity is the best response during “economic downturn,” and their solution would involve putting even more people out of work and taking away even more social supports that would really hit vulnerable populations hard. Yeah, this particular criticism I’m not so fond of.
I’ll be watching the Albertan government to see what else comes of their carbon emission plan. I’m hoping for some real support for public transit. I feel like a Not Shit transit system is what gets your commuters to stop driving their personal vehicles.