Reader suggests carbon levy misrepresented

Reader suggests there is much misrepresentation regarding the carbon levy.

Dear Editor,

I am amazed and shocked (and not only me) how much distortion of facts, half truths and outright lies about the Alberta’s NDP policies and actions we are bombarded with weekly in the province’s newspapers.

Every vocal right wing politician, from local MLA Ron Orr, to Wildrose leader Brian Jean, Jason Kenny, MP Blaine Calkins, or right-wing writers such as Lome Gunter or Stu Salkeld have condemned the NDP implementing the carbon tax next January: “It is the wrong time in such poor economic times, more taxes for Albertans who are struggling,”etc.

The fact, however, is Rachel Notley doesn’t have a choice, as the federal environment minister and our Prime Minister have stated many times: if the provinces don’t implement the carbon tax it will be legislated federally. They signed the Paris climate change agreements, there will be no going back on that. The provinces have some choice on how they like to do it, but not if they are going to put a carbon levy in place.

It is always a good idea to do your own research, in this case the Alberta government site www.alberta.ca/climate-carbon-pricing.aspx is an excellent source to find the truth and facts. Just one important point; those who have a net family income (two children) of $101,500 or less, or $100,000 or less for a couple, are reimbursed come tax time, so no carbon tax for you. Frankly, everybody who makes more than that can contribute, as well as the corporations, which can afford and should contribute their share, no question there.

British Columbia has incorporated the carbon tax successfully since 2008. It hasn’t resulted in fewer jobs, the green house gases have been greatly reduced and taxpayers are better off.

Like it or not Albertans the “western world” has changed and many countries, such as the European Union and the United States are more and more reluctant to import goods from countries/provinces who have not done their part with climate change. There is nothing Rachel Notley or any Albertan for that matter can change about that.

Ilse Quick

 

Just Posted

Wolf Creek Schools raises Treaty 6 flag for first time

Chiefs, school officials took part in a ceremony that is aimed at acknowledging Treaty 6 land

Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Two men nabbed after early morning suspicious vehicle reported, stolen weapons found

UPDATE: 18-year-old Rimbey teen dies in collision

A portion of Highway 53 west of Rimbey is down to one lane while crews investigate

Ponoka County approves $70,000 to dredge Parkland Beach

Parkland Beach to see some dredging support from Ponoka County

Ponoka sets bylaw on cannabis retail, pushes for quick public consumption regulation

Town passes first reading on retail outlet bylaw, questions staff on need to separate public usage

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

‘I’ll never forgive you:’ Victim impact statements at hearing for Calgary killer

Curtis Healy was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday in the death of Dawns Baptiste.

Man accused of mailing bomb to his brother in B.C. has died

Leon Nepper was found in ‘medical distress’ at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre on Sunday

Most Read