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CTF launches battle against O’Toole carbon tax

Despite signing a pledge to fight carbon taxes and issuing a press release on the subject 21 days earlier, last month O’Toole did a remarkable flip-flop and said he would go into the next election campaign promising his own carbon tax.




The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is urging people outraged about Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s carbon tax to e-mail the party to express their anger.

Despite signing a pledge to fight carbon taxes and issuing a press release on the subject 21 days earlier, last month O’Toole did a remarkable flip-flop and said he would go into the next election campaign promising his own carbon tax, coupled with a points program that allows spending on government-approved green purchases.

O’Toole is proposing to charge a $50/tonne carbon tax on everything from gasoline to home heating fuel, and use the money to fund government-controlled savings accounts, which Canadians can use to purchase government-approved, environmentally friendly products.

Canadians would pay a carbon tax beginning at $20 per tonne, increasing over time to $50 a tonne. But the Tories promise it would go no higher than that. However, O’Toole promised emphatically there would be no carbon tax at all under his leadership.

When running for party leader, O’Toole signed a CTF pledge to oppose the federal carbon tax. The pledge said: “I, Erin O’Toole, promise that if elected Prime Minister of Canada, I will immediately repeal the Trudeau carbon tax and reject any future national carbon tax or cap-and-trade scheme.”

“O’Toole is turning his back on the grassroots, said CTF Director Franco Terrazzano. “He promised thousands of CPC members and millions of Canadians to fight carbon taxes. And if O’Toole thought his carbon tax was such a good idea, why didn’t he propose it at the recent CPC policy convention?

“CTF supporters have contacted O’Toole and his MPs, but it seems they’ve decided to dig in. If O’Toole doesn’t want to listen to the grassroots, then we need to make sure his party gets the message. We need your help to make sure the Conservative Party knows O’Toole’s carbon tax flip-flop was a mistake.”

The CTF is urging Canadian’s to e-mail members of the Conservative Party’s National Council.

The O’Toole carbon tax may also leave less money in taxpayers’ pockets than the Trudeau plan.

Under the Trudeau plan, a portion of the federal carbon tax is rebated to taxpayers to spend as they see fit. Under the O’Toole plan, revenues will go into personalized “green” savings accounts that Canadians could only spend on government-approved environmentally friendly products.

People could then draw on those accounts for “things that help them live a greener life,” his plan says. 

“That could mean buying a transit pass or a bicycle, or saving up and putting the money towards a new efficient furnace, energy-efficient windows or even an electric vehicle.”

The Conservative carbon plan calls for the accounts to be managed by a private sector consortium, appointed by the government.

Giving Canadians control of the money is so leaders “won’t be tempted to use the carbon tax revenue to fund his big government plans.”

The government control of the account however will severely limit what Canadians can spend their carbon rebates on, like gasoline, groceries, or housing.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Seven-Zero-One

    May 10, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Nobody in Alberta should complain about this. You choose and vote to be part of Federation. As long Alberta is part of Federation u have purpose.Which is pay for Equalization, Federal Tax, Carbon, Tax, Canadian Pension Plan,…Vote for more Pro Canada party’s.Great.Pay even more… Don’t complain!🌹Sovereignty for Alberta🌹

  2. pete

    May 9, 2021 at 3:03 pm


  3. francis witzel

    May 7, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    The cons lost me at the science is settled, duh it’s never settled. That sounds like the left. So I just can’t find it in me to vote for cons nor support them anymore. Maybe when they come back to reality.

  4. Kelly Carter

    May 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    I have talked with my MP, and made it very clear I will not be voting CPC with a carbon tax as part of the policy platform. He was surprisingly of the same opinion, and is not supporting O’Toole. He is mailing out a survey to his constituents the results of which will determine his course of action. Contact your local MP’s folks!

  5. Left Coast

    May 7, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    Haven’t contributed to the Cons since 2015 . . .

    O’Toole is a bigger disappointment than I predicted when he won the tainted leadership race!

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Vaccine passports now mandatory in Alberta

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.




The Alberta government’s new vaccine mandates for businesses, entities and events are in effect.

Each organization must follow one of two options: implement the Restriction Exemption Program (REP) requiring proof of vaccination or negative test result, plus mandatory masking, to continue operating as usual, or comply with all public health restrictions as outlined in Order 42-2021.

In place of a vaccine passport, a negative test result from a privately-paid rapid test within 72 hours of service will be adequate or a person will need to show a valid medical exemption.

The REP allows operators to avoid the majority of public health restrictions with the implementation of a proof of vaccination program, although vaccine requirements for staff are at the employer’s discretion. Face mask mandates are still required in all indoor spaces.

The program doesn’t apply to those under 12 years of age and businesses that need to be accessed by the public for daily living purposes, including all retail locations. As well, employees, contractors, repair or delivery workers, volunteers or inspectors will be permitted access to spaces without requiring a vaccine passport.

To enter spaces participating in the REP, adults need to provide valid photo identification that matches their paper or digital vaccine record showing name, vaccine type and date of administration. From now until October 25, proof of partial vaccination (one dose) will suffice, however after that date, proof of full vaccination (two doses) will be required. Those under 12 will only need to show vaccination paperwork.

Indoor entertainment, event and recreation facilities that don’t implement the REP will be limited to one-third capacity of their fire code occupancy and attendees must be in household cohorts or with up to two close contacts if they live alone.

Outdoor events and facilities have no capacity restrictions, but attendees must maintain a two-metre distancing between households.  

Restaurants that don’t follow the REP cannot offer indoor dining, and outdoor dining will be limited to six people per table from one household, and liquor sales will have to end by 10 p.m. with consumption cut off by 11 p.m.

Retail, shopping malls and food courts aren’t eligible for the REP, therefore will be reduced to one-third capacity of fire code occupancy and are required to stop all in-person dining, switching to take out only.

Indoor private social gatherings will be permitted for those that are vaccinated to a maximum of two households up to 10 (vaccine eligible) vaccinated people. There are no restrictions for children under 12. For those who are unvaccinated, indoor social gatherings are not permitted.

Private outdoor social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 200 people who are socially distanced.  

Churches will be limited to one-third of fire code capacity and masks and social distancing are still mandatory in places of worship.

Employees are mandated to work from home unless their physical presence is required for their duties.

Proof of vaccination will not be required to enter a polling place for Monday’s federal election although physical distancing, masking and other transmission reducing measures will be in place.

For more information on the Restriction Exemption Program, click here.   

Risdon is a reporter at the Western Standard

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Hockey arena backs down on banning unvaccinated kids

Within hours of the Western Standard posting the exclusive story, Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy.




Public pressure has brought minor hockey out of the penalty box in Cochrane.

Following an exclusive story by the Western Standard on Saturday, along with mounting pressure from the community, a Cochrane sports facility has revamped its vaccine passport policy.  

The Cochrane Minor Hockey Association (CMHA) and Hockey Alberta were not mandating a vaccine passport system, but Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (SLSFSC) announced it would be requiring proof of vaccine status for anyone 12 and up.

Within hours of the story being posted, CMHS President Cory Oaten was contacted by the SLSFSC and advised of an update to their policy with this statement: “Youth between the ages of 12 (vaccine eligible) to 18 years of age are exempt from the REP vaccination requirement to enter the facility for the purpose of participating in a youth organized sport organization. Examples include (but not limited to) Cochrane Minor Hockey, Ringette, Cochrane Minor Soccer, Lacrosse, Cochrane Figure Skating Club, Comets, Junior Lifeguard Club, etc.”

Although youth may access the facility without being vaccinated, all adult spectators, coaches, volunteers and organizers of any youth activity “must show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative test, or medical exemption to gain entry to SLSFSC premises.”

“Although this helps our kids get on the ice in Cochrane, it’s still an issue at lots of other facilities, especially in larger facilities in Calgary and Airdrie,” Oaten said.

Oaten, who works in the insurance industry, points out the “huge liability issue” this poses to his and other sports organizations.

“Originally, Spray Lakes pushed us to collect this medical documentation from our members,” he said.

The CMHA board consists of 18 volunteer members.

“They can’t put those expectations on a board of volunteers. It’s a big legal issue for us,” Oaten said, adding he and his board refuse to take responsibility for requiring proof of vaccine or the collection of their members’ private medical information.

Oaten was informed the SLSFSC will now have its own security checkpoints set up in the facility and will take responsibility for checking the vaccine status of anyone 18-plus entering the building.

Oaten anticipates families will still pull their kids from hockey and other sports programs as those who remain unvaccinated will not be permitted in the facility to accompany their child.

Hockey Alberta stated on their Facebook page they are working with the Alberta government on how last Wednesday’s announcement will affect hockey for Alberta players. Oaten has asked his members to hold off on making a decision to pull their child from the program until Hockey Alberta comes forward with their updated season plan.

The Western Standard reached out to the SLSFSC for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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