Environment Minister Shows She Too is Out of Touch With Hardworking Albertans When it Comes to the Carbon Tax: Wildrose

EDMONTON, AB (December 19, 2016): The NDP showed once again how out of touch they are with the damage the carbon tax will do to hardworking families in an interview with Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

In an interview on the CBC Alberta At Noon program about the carbon tax, the Minister faced questions about whether she had driven to the studio after Premier Rachel Notley flippantly said last week that for Albertans it could sometimes be a question of “having a more efficient vehicle… taking a bus, walking.” to deal with the carbon tax.

The Minister responded that she drove to the studio, and that the carbon tax “isn’t about one person’s individual commute”, and it’s “distracting” from the real reasons why the carbon tax is necessary.

“This NDP government is so out of touch with regular Albertans that they can’t look beyond their six figure salaries and car allowances,” Wildrose Shadow Environment and Parks Minister Todd Loewen said. “While it may be well and good for the Minister to say that the carbon tax isn’t about one person, for individual Albertans across this province and for small business owners, this carbon tax will have an enormous impact.”

The Wildrose has been urging for the NDP to postpone the January 1, 2017 implementation of the carbon tax. The NDP have yet to release a full economic impact study of the $20/tonne and $30/tonne taxes they are hitting Albertans with ahead of the federal schedule, or the $50/tonne federal proposal that the NDP have declared support for.

“I am tired of flippant remarks from the NDP about the carbon tax, and a complete lack of understanding about what this extra tax burden will have on Albertans during the worst economic downturn in decades,” Loewen said. “The least the NDP can do is recognize their own hypocrisy, and postpone this tax so it won’t start negatively affecting Albertans in less than two weeks.”