EDMONTON, AB: Committee members from the NDP government blocked a Wildrose motion to study the impact of carbon taxes on Alberta’s agriculture and local food production industries, the Wildrose Official Opposition said.
The motion was presented by Wildrose Little Bow MLA Dave Schneider at the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future.
“Right now, NDP and Liberal carbon taxes are set to have a major negative impact on farmers and ranchers here in Alberta and across Canada,” Schneider said. “Carbon taxes will have a major impact on people and businesses across rural Alberta and it’s unbelievable that the NDP would not want to do the homework on the impact this policy will have on our province.”
The motion asked for the Legislature’s non-partisan research employees to include a cross-jurisdictional study on the economic impact of carbon pricing as part of their research on the barriers to growth for local food production.
With Ottawa proposing a slower phase in for carbon taxes than what the NDP is imposing on Alberta, Schneider said Albertans deserve to have their government and their MLAs studying this issue and looking at the best policies to protect our job-creating industries.
“No one in my riding or across the industry are clamouring for new taxes, especially during a time of economic uncertainty,” Schneider said. “The NDP should stop using this committee for its own partisan interests and start doing the work Albertans expect us to.”