Member of Legislative Assembly Report
By Tany Yao, MLA of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
Hardworking Albertans have been dealt a heavy blow with the NDP government’s carbon tax that will come into effect on January 1, 2017.
In Fort McMurray, everyday life will get more expensive because of this tax. Everything from heating your home, driving your car and buying your groceries will go up in price.
This is a tax that wasn’t campaigned on, and certainly isn’t being asked for during our current economic downturn.
Now, to make matters worse, the federal Liberal government has decided to impose their own carbon tax. The facts are still being worked out, but my main concern is that this will mean even more money coming out of hardworking Albertans pocketbooks while ruining our province’s competitive edge.
You can have my assurances that Wildrose will be fighting against both levels of carbon taxes.
In government, we would repeal the NDP carbon tax, and do everything we could to fight the federal carbon tax.
What the NDP provincially and the Liberals federally don’t seem to realize is that their policies are having a significant impact on investor confidence.
We have already seen the increase in business taxes, lengthy royalty review, and $3 billion carbon tax hurt Alberta’s ability to attract investment.
With a proposed $50/tonne carbon price for the Liberal carbon tax, Albertans will be hit hard out of pocket and it will be extremely difficult to ask companies to invest in Canada’s industry over our North American competitors.
In Wildrose, we have always been firm that any carbon strategy must be done in lockstep with the rest of North America to ensure investment doesn’t flee the province.
Jurisdictions like North Dakota, Montana, Texas and Pennsylvania will gladly take investor dollars as companies are pushed out of Alberta and Canada because of a carbon tax.
Both presidential candidates in the United States have explicitly stated they will not introduce a carbon tax, which sends a signal to investors that down south is the place to be to invest money.
Our Wildrose caucus is focused on being vocal opponents to both the provincial NDP carbon tax and the federal Liberal carbon tax. We are open to all common sense ideas to combat these policies, and will be doing whatever we can to minimize the impact of this anti-Alberta policy on Alberta families and businesses.
I don’t need to tell you that for many Alberta families, times are already tough. The last thing we need are two levels of carbon taxes to contend with.
I’d welcome all Albertans concerned with the provincial and federal carbon taxes to sign our Wildrose petition on the matter at www.taxoneverything.ca.
Tany Yao is the Wildrose Caucus Chair and Member of Legislative for Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo. Yao can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 780-790-6014.
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