It is just the 2nd day of the implementation of the Carbon tax and Alberta’s Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the province is still standing. A person might wait for at least a week before they pass comments like that.
There is a possibility that Albertans who were against the Carbon tax initially will start seeing rebate cheques any day now. Opposition Wildrose critics like Don Macintyre say that majority of the people still oppose the tax and there is still no sound proof of the fact that most of the climate change is because of humans.
The tax began on the 1st of January sending gasoline prices 4.5 cents higher and the heating costs for homes also went up along with it. Shannon Phillips held a news conference on Monday where she deemed it was her responsibility to speak about the misinformation that had been spread about the Carbon levy.
A similar conference was held by Sarah Hoffman a day after Phillips. Phillips also talked about the fact that the Trans Mountain pipeline could not be approved until the Carbon Tax was in place. This was the condition set by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Is Justin Trudeau’s condition really justified? Have there not been pipelines built before without the application of an environmental protection tax on the people? It seems like the NDP are trying to push the same narrative again and again until they think it would be believable but it doesn’t seem to be working.
With the allowance of the exemption of some of the top companies of Oilsands, the tax seems to be nothing more than another money-making scheme now. According to Macintyre, approvals for projects such as the pipeline should be based on scientific grounds rather than letting politics play a major part in its approvals and non approval.