Alberta's N-D-P government has used its majority to pass legislation that includes a carbon tax as part of its strategy to combat climate change. The legislation gives legal teeth to the multi-billion dollar carbon tax that is to take effect on January 1st, 2017. Premier Notley says she is extremely proud and adds that taking action on climate change was long overdue. Opposition members wanted, among other things, more clarity on where revenues from the tax will be spent.
The Wildrose MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre Jason Nixon says Albertans are essentially facing a 3 percent Provincial Sales Tax on their economy.
Cooper says there were a number of good amendments, particularly around accountability.