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PBO says huge increase to carbon tax needed for Liberals to meet climate goal

Cabinet would have to impose a $261 per tonne carbon tax – the equivalent of an extra 62¢ per litre of gasoline – to meet its targets, the Parliamentary Budget Office said Wednesday.

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The federal Liberals would have to raise their carbon tax a staggering amount if it wants to meet its climate change targets, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Cabinet would have to impose a $261 per tonne carbon tax – the equivalent of an extra 62¢ per litre of gasoline – to meet its targets, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) said Wednesday.

But Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson promised there will be no further increases in fuel charges.

“We estimate they would have to be equivalent to an additional $91 per tonne carbon levy to reduce emissions,” said a PBO report.

The $91 is in addition to a $170 charge announced by cabinet last December 11, a total $261 per tonne.

Analysts said the equivalent tax would cut labour income by more than 1% across the country – up to 4% for transport workers and 11% in the oil and gas industry.

“In addition, we project workers with lower levels of education will see larger income losses,” said the report.

“Our assessment shows the largest economic impact of reducing emissions will fall on the transportation and oil and gas sectors,” said Budget Officer Yves Giroux.

His report said there was little hope new technologies would lower greenhouse gas emissions without higher taxes.

“While technologies to achieve this reduction are currently available, the scale and speed of the changes will make it challenging to achieve,” wrote analysts.

Parliament in 2018 passed the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act that capped the carbon tax at $50 per tonne. The higher $261 charge is equivalent to an extra 41 cents per litre of propane, 52 cents per cubic metre of natural gas, 62 cents for gasoline, 68 cents for aviation fuel and 73 cents more for diesel.

Cabinet in 2019 promised it would not raise the carbon tax cap.

“The price will not go up,” then-Environment Minister Catherine McKenna told reporters June 13, 2019.

“The plan is not to increase the price.”

“There is no secret agenda,” McKenna said August 26, 2019. “Any decision to move up would be in consultation with the provinces.”

“Are you committing to not going over $50 per tonne?” asked a reporter.

“That’s all we have,” replied McKenna.

Cabinet subsequently raised the cap 240% to $170 per tonne.

“I’m excited. We will win the race against climate change,” McKenna said at the time.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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. L P

    June 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    CAGW has to be the greatest hoax in human history. I originally thought it was just a ploy to extract even greater tax levies from the population. As tax levels breach the 40-45% mark, each additional dollar raised in taxes costs more than a dollar in increased enforcement. I initially thought global warming was a ploy to push that percentage mark further to the right by scaring the population into compliance.
    But now, when I look at the policies called for by the environmentalists, I fear something even more sinister is at play. They don’t just want to take away our salaries and livelihoods.

    “There is no secret agenda,” indeed…

  2. Left Coast

    June 25, 2021 at 11:45 am

    ““I’m excited. We will win the race against climate change,” McKenna said” ? ? ?

    Earth to Klimate Barby . . . there is NO RACE. Canada, a country of 30 odd Million is a mere pimple on the Global A$$.
    If we ALL sat in the Dark and did NOTHING for a year, the Earth would not cool 1/1000000th of a degree.
    Everything you are doing will Destroy the Cdn Economy and put Canadians in the Poor House.
    Somehow I suspect that is the Plan . . .

  3. Dennis

    June 25, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Just one more reason, of a very long list, for Alberta to leave this dysfunctional corrupt cabal of idiots.
    Wildrose.party

  4. Steven Ruthven

    June 24, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Hey Sock Boy (Justin Trudeau) & the crazy lady (McKenna). You two aware of the volcano in Iceland spewing 40,000 Tons of CO2 daily & 4,000 Tons of Sulfur Dioxide daily?

    “I’m excited. We will win the race against climate change,” McKenna said at the time. I don’t think so McKenna. Humans are fighting Mother Nature now & humans rarely win. Liberals do like to pee into the wind though. I guess that feels good to them.

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Kenney says leadership review now would be ‘grossly irresponsible’

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney last night rejected any calls for an immediate leadership review of him as “grossly irresponsible.”

Kenney has been under withering attacks for his handling of the COVID-19 crisis in Alberta, which led to the “resignation” Tuesday of Health Minister Tyler Shandro.

A UCP caucus meeting is set for Wednesday and Kenney’s leadership is expected to be the main point of discussion.

Dozens of grassroots UCP constituency associations have joined forces to call for an early leadership review of Kenney. The party currently has one scheduled in late 2022, only six months before the next provincial election.

UCP VP of policy Joel Mullan wrote an open letter in the Western Standard Tuesday called for Kenney to go immediately.

When asked at a Tuesday press conference by the Toronto Star about the Mullan letter, Kenney responded there has been opposition to his health care policy “since Day 1.”

“My responsibility is to look at the reality — not wish it away — and take the necessary steps to protect the health care system,” Kenney said.

“Let’s deal with those things at the right time, after this crisis.”

Kenney was asked if the internal turmoil within the UCP was what led to the resignation of Shandro.

“I am focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID, not politics,” Kenney said.

“We have to protect the health care system to prevent needless deaths — we will not allow politics to distract us.”

Kenney said he knew when he brought in the fourth wave of COVID-19 lockdowns last week and flip-flopped on his promise not to bring in vaccine passports there would be internal grumblings.

He said the COVID-19 cabinet committee has had 12 hours of “respectful” meeting time with the full UCP caucus.

Kenney pointed out the People’s Party of Canada, which ran on an anti-vaccination platform, took 8% of the vote in Alberta in the federal election.

“Let me be blunt, those people likely voted for me in the last provincial election,” Kenney said.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney said shuffle was ‘time for a fresh start’

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

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Tyler Shandro wasn’t fired as health minister, he resigned, says Premier Jason Kenney.

Answering questions after Tuesday’s cabinet shuffle, Kenney said he accepted the resignation from Shandro from the health portfolio.

“Tyler’s dedication to the job has never been questioned. He brought his heart to the job,” Kenney said.

“It’s time for a fresh start.”

Kenney denied the shuffle was done to appease critics in the UCP caucus clamouring for action.

“We are focused on getting through the fourth wave of COVID-19, not politics,” said Kenney.

Kenney promoted Labour Minister Jason Copping to health and put Shandro in his old portfolio in labour.

Kenney said bringing in vaccine passports has had a dramatic effect on the number of people getting vaccinated.

A total of 23,000 people were vaccinated on Monday with 78,000 jabs being given out in the last few days.

A total of 81.4% of people have received at least one vaccine with 72.8% having two jabs.

Since they were made available on Sunday, more than two million Albertans printed out their vaccination passports, Kenney said.

He said Alberta Health Services has expanded the number of ICU beds in the province to 337.

Copping said he was honoured to be named health minister in this “pivotal time.”

He said he has three goals: to increase hospital capacities permanently, educate the unvaccinated on why they should get jabs and to prepare the hospital system for any future waves of COVID.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said 29 Albertans had died in the last 24 hours from COVID-19, including people who had been doubled-vaxxed, but included many people who hadn’t received any vaccinations at all.

She said the province had identified 1,500 new cases in the last day from 13,600 tests for an 11.1% positivity rate.

There are 996 people in hospital as of September 21 with COVID, and 222 in ICU.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Jean thinking about Fort Mac by-election run

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mic with a graphic of the riding.

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Former Wildrose leader Brian Jean is musing whether or not to run in a by-election in Fort McMurray.

On Tuesday, Jean posted a picture of himself speaking on a mike with a graphic of the riding behind him.

“There is a byelection coming soon in my old riding in Fort McMurray. Should I run?” he asks Facebook followers.

“Let me know in the comments. Sign up on my webpage for updates.”

The riding was left vacate recently when UCP MLA Laila Goodridge resigned to run for the federal Conservatives. She easily won the riding capturing 67% of the vote.

Jean was the leader of the original Wildrose and was leader of the Opposition from 2015 to 2017.

He ran for the leadership of the UCP, but lost the race to Jason Kenney.

Jean has been increasingly slamming Kenney from the sidelines over his handling of numerous issues.

He called on Kenney to resign after his infamous Sky Palace dinner.

Jean, called on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to resign in the wake of the Sky Palace Scandal.

“FOR THE GOOD OF THE UCP, FOR THE GOOD OF ALBERTA, IT IS TIME FOR JASON KENNEY TO RESIGN,” Jean wrote in capital letters on his Facebook page.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter.com/nobby7694

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