Alberta Carbon Tax Legislation Passes; Local MLAs Nixon, Cooper React

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 spring sitting in the Alberta Legislature is all wrapped up after a long night of debate - which spilled over from Monday, June 6th into the early morning hours on Tuesday - over the NDP's climate change plan.
 
The plan includes a broad-based carbon tax. Bill 20 will hike heating bills and gasoline at the pumps next year to give people an incentive to go green and reduce their carbon footprint. Premier Rachel Notley's government says those in middle and lower-income brackets will have some or all of that money rebated to them.

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.
 
He says MLAs were up late as they proposed 27 amendments - one of which was included to try and protect charities in the non-profit sector from the carbon tax.
 
 
Nixon adds, school boards are struggling with how they will pay the increased gas bills to get kids to and from school as well as with a hike in heating bills.
 
Of the 27 amendments proposed by the Alberta Opposition parties regarding the carbon tax bill, Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA Nathan Cooper says 15 of them were submitted by the Wildrose Party.

Cooper says there were a number of good amendments, particularly around accountability.


 
With the spring sitting of the Legislature now complete, Cooper says he has a very busy summer planned connecting with constituents in the local riding. He will be in Crossfield during the June 10-12th weekend.
 
 
(Contains content from the Canadian Press)

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