Alberta Introduces Carbon Tax Repeal Bill

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By Irina Slav – May 23, 2019, 9:30 AM CDT Kenney Alberta

Staying true to their promise from the campaign trail, Alberta’s Conservatives have introduced a bill to repeal a carbon tax introduced by their predecessors at the helm of the province, the New Democratic Party.

Reuters reports that the repealment of the carbon tax was planned to be the first piece of legislation to be tabled by the new Conservative government of Jason Kenney, but adds that it would automatically enact a federal law on carbon taxes that targets provinces that do not have their own legislation to this effect.

“The carbon tax has been all economic pain and no environmental gain. If Justin Trudeau’s government then seeks to impose a federal carbon tax in Alberta, we will see him in court,” Alberta’s Premier told media. This will add Alberta to three other provinces that have taken the federal government to court over the carbon tax: Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The last of these provinces lost its case in a win for the federal government.

According to the Alberta government, repealing the tax will bring more than a billion dollars into the provincial coffers and create as many as 6,000 new jobs—a sensitive issue in the energy industry-dependent province that has yet to fully recover from the 2014 oil price crisis.

The carbon tax repealment effort is just part of Jason Kenney’s agenda. The new Premier came to power pledging to help the industry recover and so far he has been following his priorities in this respect.
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As soon as it became clear who won the elections in Alberta, Kenney threatened British Columbia to turn the gasoline tap off “within an hour” of taking office if it continues to try and stop the Trans Mountain expansion. While he didn’t do that, he did immediately table the pipeline issue at talks with the Premiers of both British Columbia and Quebec once he took office earlier this year.

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58 thoughts on “Alberta Introduces Carbon Tax Repeal Bill

  1. I hope this is a good sign overall in the repeal of various green blob legislation everywhere.

    • What took them so LONG?!!

      And why do all the BIG corporate interests, including ALL the Public Utilities, such as PG&E support carbon taxes and every other so-called “green” initiative that screws consumers? The virtue-signaling PR bullshit from BIG BUSINESS has got to STOP!!

      • I think that they believe appeasement of the marxists will work when history shows otherwise. In the UK the marxist anti-semitic Labour party led by Corbyn and McDonnell are most likely to win the next election as they are creating an image that big business and financial companies are evil. The spineless Tory government – formerly known as the party of business – are doing nothing to dispel that image. But as has been said by one journalist, even if business gave away free kittens, Labour will still destroy them and the economy with it, unless a ‘no deal’ Brexit in November beats them to it.

  2. Carbon taxes have to increase the price of fossil fuels by 300% to yield a consumption reduction of 30%. Really not tolerable by anyone who pays to heat their house….

  3. Notely was using using the stolen money from the carbon tax to fund the construction of LRT trains in Calgary and Edmonton, which do nothing but jamb up the flow of traffic. She also handed the money over to the wind and solar scammers , who of course, helped get the NDP elected in the first place. Leftists are nothing but a bunch of dirty thieving criminals.

    • We have a new LRT system going through testing in Kitchener Waterloo with a scheduled start date of June 21. I think it’s at least 2 years late. Not enough subsidies to Bombardier I guess. Anyway, the first stop is right outside my office window. While at the stop it triggers the lights and gates on the main 4 lane road w the parking lot exits to. It’s also just before the main highway on ramp. During busy times I bet there are in excess of 300 cars idling waiting for the train to leave the stop. I have to hope someone nice let’s me in. They also decided to put a controlled cross walk at the same location. A few times because of the train back up there is also people that have already triggered the cross walk. It’s a long cross walk because 4 lanes and a wide boulevard are involved.

      • About every other month someone gets killed by the light rail in the Twin Cities. They don’t even report car crashes anymore.

      • Trains work best when they’re either Elevated or Subway. Far fewer Pedestrian, Auto or Wildlife interactions possible and no crossings to slow for or hold up traffic because of.

      • I remember when this started several years ago. Was hoping it would pass nearer my house. The amount of money dumped into this project is shocking. When I think of what they could have done instead…opportunities lost… it’s one reason why I try to fight the good fight.

      • Mmm, no.

        jamb
        /jam/
        noun: jamb; plural noun: jambs
        1. a side post or surface of a doorway, window, or fireplace.
        “he leaned against the door jamb”
        synonyms: post, doorpost, upright, frame, pillar

        2. a columnar mass or pillar in a mine or quarry.

  4. As a lifelong British Columbian I have this to say to Jason Kenney….

    TURN OFF THE TAPS!!!! RIGHT NOW!!! The populace here needs a taste of reality to counter the green delusion.

    Here in BC we have a coalition government of NDP and Greens that is actually fighting in court the twinning of the existing pipeline from Alberta to the port of Vancouver which would carry the gasoline needed but not the importation of gasoline which comes (lucky for us!) from Washington state. In Vancouver, BC, we now have the highest gas prices in North America. Recently, the gas station near me posted 173.9 cents per litre. That’s 4.91 US dollars per US gallon. Roughly 1/3 of that is TAX, including carbon tax, with the largest and most egregious of taxes being the one that pays for public transit. That’s right, the car drivers pay for the bus and rapid transit riders.
    This is the green insanity.

    • I assume in Canada municipal bus and transit workers are highly unionized like they are here in the US?

      If so, this helps pay for higher wages and benefits. The unions support this kind of stuff because it allows the politicians they support to feed the revenue back to higher wages without increasing ridership killing fare increases. On the surface, this sounds all well and good, until you dig into it and realize the unions will never have enough wage increases, they are never satisfied. Thus the pressure will always be on to take evermore OPM and transfer it via government powers. If being a bus or transit worker required long years of training and high skill and/or education (such as an airline senior pilot), this might be appropriate. But the reality is quite different of course regarding getting what is seen as a lucrative union job as a bus driver. A transit worker requires little to no education how the bus actually works. Competent airline pilots requires education and extensive in aerodynamics, propulsion systems, hydraulics, weather, and sound cockpit crew and resource management habits/behaviors to be able to respond to unusual or emergency situations.

    • My lasting impression from a recent visit to Vancouver is that their fuel cost pain is being treated like that old axiom – “everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”.

      Vancouverites have it within their political will to open up additional sources of supply, and strike down these provincial taxes & imposts, but seem to be too timid about being viewed as environmental recalcitrants to stop their self-flageration over fuel usage.

    • B.C. can’t impose environmental laws that could kill Trans Mountain pipeline, court rules

      British Columbia doesn’t have the right to impose environmental laws that could kill the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, the province’s Court of Appeal has ruled.
      In a unanimous decision released Friday, the province’s top court said proposed legislation to limit the flow of increased amounts of “heavy oil” into B.C. would be in direct conflict with federal jurisdiction over interprovincial pipelines.
      The five-judge panel found that, if introduced, the amendments to B.C.’s Environmental Management Act would essentially usurp the National Energy Board’s role in approving projects in the national interest.
      https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/trans-mountain-bc-appeal-court-1.5148368

      • In a unanimous decision …

        BC says they want to send this to the Supreme Court. I’m guessing that the Supreme Court will refuse to hear the case.

    • The Trans Mountain Pipeline transports crude oil, semi-refined and refined products in a series in the same pipeline. This process is known as “batching”. Think of it as a “batch train,” with one product following another product through the pipeline during a specific time period. It’s like a series of rail cars carrying different products moving in a sequence along the 1,150-kilometre pipeline.

      Trans Mountain is the only pipeline in North America that carries both refined product and crude oil in batches.
      https://www.transmountain.com/product

      Lee. I don’t know the mix of refined product vs crude that TMPL currently carries, however an appreciable volume of refined product for Vancouver would come from Edmonton refineries.
      The only domestic refinery near Vancouver I believe is in Burnaby, and which long time owner Chevron recently sold to Parkland

      https://www.oilsandsmagazine.com/news/2016/3/03/why-vancouver-desperately-needs-a-new-oil-refinery

  5. So if I read between the lines , in Canada the “New Democratic Party” are on the right and “Conservatives” are left ?

  6. I had the Legislator member come to my door in my riding, and I told him in no certain way that we need to fight the Fed. Lib’s and get rid of this TAX… I was one very happy camper to see Nutley turfed!

    • Lance..be careful what you ask for. Because of the weak kneed Federal governments we have had, the WWF, Dogwood Initiative, Tides, Suzuki Foundation, Sierra Club, and oh.. not to leave out our own home grown Greenpeace ( founded here in Vancouver, BC) have been able to deeply discourage investment in energy in this province, to the point where the Boy Prince (Trudeau) was forced to buy Kinder Morgan’s pipeline who were ready to walk away. Now you and I own that pipeline and the Boy Prince is the one who knows he must bring it back to life during or prior to the coming October election. And if you want Alberta bitumen to reach world markets, he is your man, distasteful as I find that option. It’s a very dangerous situation to have our transportation energy supply in the hands of political entities.

      • The Gateway pipeline was to be the foreign route for Alberta oil. Shut down by the Federal Liberal government. Trans Mountain can’t load a big enough tanker in Burrard Inlet to float Alberta crude to Asia, economically. There’s a limit on what size tanker can pass under the First Narrows bridge in Vancouver.

        Trans Mountain will expand crude shipments to Vancouver and the larger city of Seattle. There is no other pipeline into Seattle, even from the US other than from Edmonton. Trans Mountain crude supplies into Seattle are augmented by Alaskan sources. Those tankers are visible from NDP Premier John Horgan’s office window.

        Those same tankers pass by loaded COAL carrying bulk carriers shipping to Asia. All 22 million tonnes a year from BC’s Point Robert’s coal handling facility. Hypocrites. Asia’s coal burning CO2 emissions float in on the prevailing, westerly winds, full circle to Vancouver BC.

        • DougR says: “Those same tankers pass by loaded COAL carrying bulk carriers shipping to Asia. All 22 million tonnes a year from BC’s Point Robert’s coal handling facility.”

          The Coal shipping facility is located in “Roberts Bank”,Delta, BC
          Not the same as “Point Roberts”, U.S.A. a quirky little community of Americans living south of the 49th Parallel on a tiny fingertip of soil attached to Delta, BC.

          British Columbia has China to thank for all the CO2 Plant Food that makes the province so productive in Forestry and Agriculture!

  7. Perhaps they use a different terminology in Canada, but according to my understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order, “Tabling” a motion refers to temporarily wetting aside or postponing any action on that item until a future time.
    Were these motions previously introduced?
    If they mean to “introduce” a bill for consideration then that makes more sense.

    • Yes, well she would, wouldn’t she? Angela Rayner is a darling of the BBC. Not very bright, but a broadcaster for umpteen years because of nothing that is immediately apparent. Perhaps it’s because she has a nice voice?

  8. I hope we are witnessing, in Australia, Canada, USA, Brazil, Hungary, Italy, etc., the beginning of long-awaited process of sobering and green hysteria decomposition.

  9. The pendulum is swinging the other way throughout the democratic world. I’m starting to feel better about our future although there is a long way to go before we are safe. Here’s hoping we don’t become complacent and let the Marxists/UN get a toe hold again.

    • It is swinging for sure and hopefully continues to swing in Oct 2019 in Canada, but we won’t be truly safe until the schools, colleges and universities are purged, indoctrination is replaced with education and critical thinking becomes core curriculum.

  10. Everywhere on earth people are sick of this madness. And we see it in election results. Loo at Australia, look at Finland, look everywhere. Politicians that treat their constituents as a nasty afterthought will get the boot, politicians which come back to more sensible policies will win it. And its just getting started. Because there is no free lunch, there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, there are no politicians which can create jobs or save anyone. There is just people and where people have a say, they vote with their stomachs in mind.

  11. Tabling has two separate meanings in the Anglo-American world. I used to work jointly with British and Americans. If the chair, British, said let’s table this. The Americans closed their notebooks and the British leaned forward. The American tradition is to put it on the side table to discuss it later. The British and their co-speakers mean to put it ON the table to discuss it now.

  12. Who knew that Asian money laundering in BC real estate would lead to climate change policy distortion from poor green socialist leadership?

    Connecting the dots is important like transhipping Chinese steel through Canada to get around U.S. trade policy.

    • you beat me to making that point
      not only steel.
      has Canada thrown in with Huawei for 5G cellular infrastructure?
      or just Hongcouver?

  13. Even though Jason Kenney spells that last name wrong, I agree with what he’s doing.

  14. “Reuters reports that the repealment of the carbon tax was planned to be the first piece of legislation to be tabled by the new Conservative government”

    I thought tabling a bill meant that it had been stopped?

  15. Folk visiting Canada in winter must be wondering what’s behind the chronic level of numbing stupidity that clamors for lower temperatures.

  16. Just set the tax rate to .0001 cents per ton …. ( of carbon )
    who cares at that rate ?
    😉

    • I care, because once you have accepted the notion that any tax is acceptable, you are then forced to spend all of your time on defense against those who just want to raise it a little bit.
      Beyond that, the cost of implementing the tax will be many times more than the tax itself.

  17. Very proud born and raised Albertan, what a nice treat for my Friday evening here in Ontario to see sanity being restored to my beloved home province. Now maybe we can even start the discussion of Canada being a net carbon sink at the Federal level – please?

    • Hell yes, repeal. Forget what I said about Canada not being a net emitter – who cares? It’s all crap anyway, just thinking baby steps. Maybe it’s time to start thinking big. Maybe it’s time for some optimism. 🙂

  18. Likely feds will impose it and then Alberta will lose in court.

    The only way to win is separation of Alberta from Canada. Same for the USA. It is time for Texas to leave the union. The federal government has done nothing to protect the border, they are not holding up their end of the bargain.

  19. Since Sask has already lost and the feds probably can legally tax CO2, whether or not the provinces do, I would have done it a bit different.
    All taxes go into general revenue so … leave the CO2 tax but reduce the fuel tax by the same amount. More money back in the pocket of the citizens and thumb your nose at the feds. Still take them to court but that has a slim chance of winning until the next fed election and Pepe le Pew loses.

    Just my 2 cents (canadian money) worth 🙂

  20. It’s good to see some, mostly-regional, governments finally grasping the nettle. It is a political vote winner whenever the real choices are shorn of green lies and put in front of the voters clearly.

  21. Great to read the provinces within Canada are repealing the introduced carbon taxes. Australia somewhat followed suit by electing a Liberal Coalition government and rejecting the Labor -Greens big tax and spend policies that would have inevitably lead to a futile carbon tax and a ban on our coal mining, with job losses.

  22. The global warming debate should stop by about 2021 as the climate has the last word. By then it should be obvious to all that we have tipped into the Landscheidt mini Iceage. See Paullitely.com for all the verifiable details.

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