Thank you, Mr. Speaker. There’s a government with a Premier who has effectively developed a policy which is both socially progressive and fiscally conservative. That Premier won an election when no one thought she could win. Sorry, Premier; I’m not talking about you. I was instead speaking of Premier Christy Clark.
It would seem that our current Premier is a great admirer of Premier Clark as well. One of their flagship pieces of legislation was almost a direct copy of a program which has been in place in British Columbia for years. When I say “almost a direct copy,” I mean that B.C. does it better.
Normally when drafting a government policy, you look into similar jurisdictions who have policies you’re considering, and you build upon those successes while avoiding the pitfalls. Yet somehow this government has taken effective policy from our western neighbours and made it worse. When B.C. introduced the carbon tax in 2008, they made the tax truly revenue neutral instead of trying to redefine the term. In rolling out the revenue neutral tax, the B.C. government also accounted for a potential unfair impact on lowincome British Columbians by introducing a tax credit designed to offset the carbon tax created by these individuals.
The NDP tries to justify their lack of revenue neutrality by repeatedly touting their plan to invest in energy efficiencies. Well, Mr. Speaker, B.C. did that, too. However, instead of taking money away from their constituents to fund their own pet projects, they introduced a grant which gives local governments and school districts four years to become carbon neutral. If successful, the grant offsets the carbon tax these entities pay, a win-win for everybody.
When the government reviewed the tax, they considered the impact it had on B.C. businesses. Instead, the NDP decided that they needed to be a shining beacon to this world, the success of our backbone of industry be damned.
One of my favourite ads is the famous Gatorade commercial Be Like Mike. Well, Premier, maybe be like Christy
On May 17, 2016, Prab Gill called on Albertans to look to our neighbours for insights about an effective carbon pricing policy.
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