“We agree with the need for a timely reduction of greenhouse gas emissions produced by coal, but it’s time for this government to be straight with consumers, communities, workers and taxpayers about how much this is going to cost and who will end up shouldering the burden” said Economic Development and Trade Critic and MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek Richard Gotfried. “
On many occasions, the government has promised that consumers will be protected, affected communities and workers supported and that taxpayers will not bear the brunt of this accelerated timetable, yet very few details have been made available to ease concerns.
“Today’s announcement that government has hired Terry Boston to lead conversations with affected stakeholders, at a cost of $600,000 to taxpayers, highlights the fact that they never had a plan for how to achieve a complete phase-out by 2030 without impacting consumers, communities and taxpayers,” said Gotfried. “These stakeholders deserve transparency from this government so that they can begin to understand the effects of this poorly thought-out policy initiative. Albertans also deserve to know if Mr. Boston was awarded this lucrative contract through an open and competitive process or if he was simply handed the job.”