MP Stubbs Urges Canadians to Reject Federal Carbon Tax


OTTAWA, ON –Shannon Stubbs, Member of Parliament for Lakeland and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Natural Resources, is sponsoring a petition calling on the Government of Canada to refrain from unilaterally imposing any national carbon tax or pricing mechanism that would duplicate existing provincial programs and harm Canada’s economic competitiveness domestically, in North America, or internationally.

This week, the Liberal government announced their plan for a federal carbon tax that will force all Canadian jurisdictions to impose this job-killing and price-hiking tax on all Canadians, despite having previously committed to working collaboratively with provinces and territories. In fact, at the time of the Prime Minister’s announcement, Environment Ministers were surprised by the announcement at the beginning of three days of federal meetings and negotiations in Montreal. Ministers from Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia walked out of the meeting.

“Ultimately, it’s Canadians – families, workers, consumers, business owners, the middle class, people on fixed incomes, the working poor, and charities, who are going to pay the high costs and increased prices of all goods and services – the result of yet another tax,” said M.P. Stubbs. “This particular tax will disproportionately target and harm rural, remote and energy-based communities. It’s just another cold-hearted cash grab from this Liberal government.”

“There is a reason a carbon tax has been referred to as a ‘tax on everything’ in the past,” noted petition initiator Bernard Hancock, an oil and gas worker from Vancouver currently employed on a rig in Grande Prairie who has struggled to find work during the downturn. “This tax will increase the already high prices on everything from the gas we put in our cars, to the food we put on our tables. We’re already working hard just to make ends meet, and this will make things even worse.”

M.P. Stubbs questioned the Liberal government’s motives for introducing this tax.

“Canada accounts for less than 2% of global emissions and even expert economists who support carbon taxes say it would have to be astronomically higher to reduce emissions significantly. Neither the U.S. nor any of the other top 6 major oil and gas producing nations in the world are even proposing nor implementing carbon taxes on themselves because it would undermine their competitiveness, and it would harm their communities,” said M.P. Stubbs. “This Liberal carbon tax will take thousands of dollars away from Canadians, their families, and their businesses. There is no guarantee the tax revenue would even be earmarked for environmental management or innovation—it’s a government revenue tool.”

A number of provinces and territories have voiced opposition to this ‘one size fits all’ approach by the Liberal government. Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan has been very vocal in his criticism of this tax, and has received support from the three territorial premiers who oppose a unilateral “made in the South” tax. Additionally, Premier Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia is concerned that the carbon tax already in place in his province would be negatively affected by a national carbon pricing scheme imposed by the Liberal government.

“I will continue to fight against this additional tax on Canadian workers and families, who will be hurt the most. Hitting them with another tax will make everything more expensive at the very worst time,” said M.P. Stubbs. “I encourage all Canadians who oppose this punitive cash grab by the Liberal government to support, sign and share this petition.”

Concerned Canadians can sign the petition at petitions.shannonstubbsmp.ca.

You can also view one of M.P. Stubbs’ most recent questions in Question Period:

BIOGRAPHY – SHANNON STUBBS

Shannon is the Member of Parliament for Lakeland, and Official Opposition Deputy Critic for Natural Resources.

Shannon has a diverse professional background spanning the private, not for profit, political and public sectors, at both federal and provincial jurisdictions.

As a Senior Consultant with Hill + Knowlton Canada in Edmonton, Shannon advocated for clients across the health and pharmaceutical, oil and gas, not for profit and charity, and education sectors on a wide range of government and public relations initiatives. Prior to joining H&K, Shannon worked in government and community relations in the Edmonton office of SAIT Polytechnic, contributing to successful advocacy efforts for expansion funding, and promoting investment and public-private partnerships.

Shannon previously worked for several years in the Alberta public service in both the Departments of Energy and Economic Development. In the Oil Sands Business Unit, Shannon provided policy development, research and communications support, led the organization of a series of public-private workshops on transportation infrastructure, labour needs, royalties and taxation, First Nations relations, and environmental stewardship in Alberta’s oil sands regions, and value added and hydrocarbon upgrading development, and participated in cross-departmental committees. She then joined the International Offices and Trade Division in Alberta Economic Development to co-lead an international marketing and advocacy project for Alberta’s oil sands and heavy oil technology, supply and service businesses, helping to create the first Alberta’s Oil Sands and Heavy Oil Guidebook and Directory. That project received a Premier’s Award of Excellence.

Shannon also has significant experience in federal and provincial politics, having worked in senior roles for MPs and MLAs. While completing a Combined Honours B.A. in Political Science and English at the University of Alberta, Shannon interned in then federal Opposition Leader Preston Manning’s Ottawa Office in research and communications. She focused on intergovernmental, equalization, democratic reform and First Nations issues. Shannon participated in the organizing committee for Alberta’s 1998 Senate elections and co-hosted the Senate nominee election day in Red Deer. Shannon then worked in the constituency office of former Beaver River and Edmonton North MP, Deborah Grey. She assisted constituents to navigate a wide array of federal government programs and to resolve issues and concerns with the Canada Revenue Agency, Citizenship and Immigration, Employment Insurance, CPP and student loans, Aboriginal Affairs, and other areas.

Shannon has been a lifelong community volunteer. She has lived in Lakeland most of her life. Raised on a farm near Chipman, Shannon and her husband Shayne reside on the family farm near Two Hills.