An anti-carbon tax rally is being planned in communities across the province, including here in Fort McMurray.
The rally is a chance for people to voice their concerns on the NDP’s carbon tax plan, which reports say will make it the most stringent in Canada. It’s being called a “Rally for the people by the People”.
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.
But, the opposition is speaking out against the levy.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean says he would scrap the NDP’s plan, if he became Premier.
“Albertans can be assured Wildrose will campaign on repealing the NDP government’s carbon tax and being a champion for the vast majority of Albertans who do not support a carbon tax being forced on us by the Liberal government in Ottawa.”
Earlier this month, the federal Liberals 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.
All Albertans and all political parties are being asked to join in the 12 rally locations.
If you want to voice your concerns, the province-wide rally will take place on November 5th at noon outside the provincial building beside city hall.
-With files from Elizabeth Priest