EDMONTON, AB: With leaked government documents from last November showing the NDP carbon tax and climate plan could cost Albertans 15,000 jobs and a $4 billion drop in household income, it’s time for Premier Rachel Notley to come clean with Albertans and release the full costs of the carbon tax, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.
The documents obtained by the Calgary Herald show the NDP plan would lead to a 1.0 to 1.5 per cent drop to Alberta’s gross domestic product “due to the decline in energy investment, weaker production and lower consumer spending.”
“Alberta lost 44,000 full-time jobs last month, but the NDP continue to ignore economic reality and refuse to release the costs of their plans,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “Albertans deserve so much better than paying for this new carbon tax, especially at a time when so many working families are already hurting.”
The NDP’s carbon tax bill was forced through the legislature earlier this month, but government officials still have not completed a full economic impact analysis and will not release updated information to Albertans.
Wildrose presented several amendments during legislative debate to ease the harsh economic impact of the carbon tax on families and charities, bring accountability and transparency for the full costs of the carbon tax and put the carbon tax to a referendum before its implementation. All of these amendments were voted down by the NDP government.
“Whether it’s the rapid shut down of coal facilities or the new carbon tax, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips refuses to be upfront and honest with Albertans about the full cost of the NDP’s plans,” Wildrose Shadow Environment Minister Todd Loewen said. “Before doubling down on their risky economic agenda, the NDP should be transparent and release their full economic impact analysis.”