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Rachel Notley’s clueless government has finally completely lost it.
As the NDP government’s environmental policy continues to backfire, the attorney general has filed a bizarre lawsuit against electric companies partially owned by its own cities Calgary and Edmonton.
An overly-ambitious government that had set out to single handedly reverse the so-called effects of climate change is now desperately trying to win over increasingly frustrated voters by pulling off such stunts.
How could it have come to this?
The answer is simple. In a haste to win political points over trying to save the environment, the NDP government glossed over the terms of its own 16-year old contracts that they had signed with power companies.
In 2000, the Tory government included a clause in the provincial power regulations which allowed electricity companies to terminate long-term Power Purchase Arrangements (PPAs) if a change in provincial law made the said arrangements unprofitable or more unprofitable.
The plans to increase the carbon tax threaten to do just that. As the electricity companies fear increased costs, they plan to bail out of the PPAs. This means that the public will now have to bear the brunt of the increased cost of around $2 billion.
And what’s even more infuriating is that the government didn’t even know its own laws when it set out to impose the carbon tax. While explaining the reasons of the lawsuit, Alberta’s Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman stated that the NDP government wasn’t even aware of these regulations. It’s the height of incompetence demonstrated by Notley’s motley.
According to a recent study, Alberta is on its way to have the highest carbon prices in Canada by 2020. Notley’s carbon tax is also continuing to alienate voters amidst reports that it may cost Alberta’s citizens around 2 percent of their household incomes.
“The whole point of a carbon price is to get people and firms to substitute away from carbon intensive goods and services,” said the chairman of Canada’s Eco-fiscal Commission Chris Ragan. “So you can’t really have a carbon price and not have an impact.”