Around fifty residents rallied in front of the Provincial Building against the implementation of the Provincial NDP’s carbon tax legislation.
Fort McMurray was just one of 12 cities across Alberta to have rallies along with Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Airdrie, Grande Prairie, Camrose, Drayton Valley, Hanna and Brooks.
“This carbon tax was not brought up in their campaign and was not brought to the people and the government is adamant that we the people support this carbon tax, well we’re saying no we don’t and that’s why we’re putting this referendum forward,” said resident Paul Dhanjal.
Starting January 1st, a carbon levy will be applied to fuels at a rate of $20 a tonne and increasing $10 the following year.
The province says six out of 10 Alberta households will receive a rebate that covers the average cost of the carbon levy they pay.
The federal Liberals also announced they’re also working to impose their own carbon tax plan on provinces. Their plan would set a minimum carbon tax at $10 a tonne by 2018 and increasing to $50 a tonne by 2022.
Both tax plans were not lost on the rally.
“The most important thing is our youth right now and that’s why I think it’s our responsibility to make sure we do provide a greener future for our children but we have to do it responsibly, we can’t do it at the expense of the average person,” said Dhanjal.
The rally did show their displeasure against the Tax but not the NDP party as the rally was “For the people by the People”. All levels and parties of government were invited to the rallies with Wildrose MLA, Tany Yao speaking in Fort McMurray.