Alberta vows to continue fight against carbon tax
Alberta’s provincial government insists it’s nowhere near done fighting against the Liberal attempt to cut down emissions, saying Albertans voted against the tax in the election last spring.
Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer told the National Post that the government is doing “everything in our power” to fight in court against the carbon tax.
“With the current divisions in the country, the courts are not living in a bubble, they see what’s happening across our country, and they know how divided things can be,” Schweitzer told the Post. “Hopefully they hear that as well in our submissions, that we (can) start bringing this country together.”
The tax — which comes in at $20 per tonne, but will increase to $30 in April — replaces the carbon tax that had been put in place by Rachel Notley’s New Democrats. It had come into effect in January 2017, but was repealed in June 2019 after Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party formed government.
The federal Liberals vowed to impose a federal tax on provinces that don’t develop their own, and have already done so in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba and New Brunswick.
As of last week, that list includes Alberta.