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Standing Up for Industries: Minister Nixon

Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon issued the following statement on the federal government’s recognition of Alberta’s industrial carbon pricing system:

Standing Up for Industries

“I’m pleased that our made-in-Alberta Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) regulation has been accepted under the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, ensuring that the federal carbon pricing system does not apply to Alberta’s large industries in 2020.

“When we engaged with industry on TIER in summer 2019, we heard loud and clear that they want to be regulated by the province – not by Ottawa.

“We are helping Alberta businesses thrive, which is why TIER has been developed to ensure the federal system does not negatively affect Alberta’s trade-exposed industrial sectors.

“At $30 per tonne, the carbon price under TIER meets the federal benchmark for 2020. As the federal carbon price schedule rises in the coming years, our government will continue to advocate – both in court and through negotiations – for Alberta’s ability to set our own policies, in consideration of impacts on our trade-exposed industries.

“TIER applies to large industrial emitters and opted-in facilities such as small oil and gas operations, but does not have a direct impact on Alberta families. Unfortunately, under the federal fuel charge, Albertans will once again be subject to a punitive carbon tax that burdens them for doing everyday activities, like heating their homes and driving their kids to hockey practice.

“We will continue to fight to protect Alberta’s jurisdiction over our policies, continue to take meaningful action on climate change in a way that makes sense for our economy, and continue to be a strong voice for Alberta in Ottawa and with the rest of Canada.”

“I’m pleased that our made-in-Alberta Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) regulation has been accepted under the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, ensuring that the federal carbon pricing system does not apply to Alberta’s large industries in 2020.

“When we engaged with industry on TIER in summer 2019, we heard loud and clear that they want to be regulated by the province – not by Ottawa.

“We are helping Alberta businesses thrive, which is why TIER has been developed to ensure the federal system does not negatively affect Alberta’s trade-exposed industrial sectors.

“At $30 per tonne, the carbon price under TIER meets the federal benchmark for 2020. As the federal carbon price schedule rises in the coming years, our government will continue to advocate – both in court and through negotiations – for Alberta’s ability to set our own policies, in consideration of impacts on our trade-exposed industries.

“TIER applies to large industrial emitters and opted-in facilities such as small oil and gas operations, but does not have a direct impact on Alberta families. Unfortunately, under the federal fuel charge, Albertans will once again be subject to a punitive carbon tax that burdens them for doing everyday activities, like heating their homes and driving their kids to hockey practice.

“We will continue to fight to protect Alberta’s jurisdiction over our policies, continue to take meaningful action on climate change in a way that makes sense for our economy, and continue to be a strong voice for Alberta in Ottawa and with the rest of Canada.”

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