“Albertans woke up this morning to higher prices for virtually everything they buy,” said Interim Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver. “While government rebates might cover a portion of the direct cost increases to gasoline and natural gas for some, they won’t come close to covering the indirect increases to groceries, goods and services as businesses pass their increased costs down to consumers. On top of this, we anticipate that many Alberta businesses will be forced to close their doors as they buckle under the pressure that this carbon tax and other NDP policies have created.”
Since details of the carbon tax were announced last spring, the NDP government has taken a dismissive and condescending approach to addressing concerns regarding the economic impact this tax will have. In response to legitimate questions, Premier Notley recently told Albertans to ‘make better choices’, such as walking or taking public transit, if they cannot afford the increased costs.
“Today marks the beginning of a sharp decline in quality of life for our province,” said Energy and Environment critic and MLA for Calgary-South East, Rick Fraser. “To add insult to injury, the NDP has already spent $9 million in taxpayer dollars to sell this wildly unpopular policy to the public. This government is completely out of touch with the people they represent and Albertans suffer as a result.”