Carbon tax costly 'political theatre,' says Jason Kenney

Carbon tax costly 'political theatre,' says Jason Kenney
From CBC - March 13, 2018

Alberta's carbon tax is nothing more than an expensive piece of political theatre, says Jason Kenney, leader of theOfficial Opposition United Conservative Party.

"They told us that if we just sucked it up and consumers paid more, and we made seniors turn down the heat at home when it's 30 below, that somehow pipeline opponents would become pipeline supporters," the UCPleader said of the NDP government on Tuesday.

"The opposite is happening."

'Why exactly are we punishing Alberta consumers?' - Jason Kenney

Premier Rachel Notley touted the carbon tax as a way to maintain industry's 'social licence' but the carbon tax has failed to garner approval for an Alberta pipelineor foster any kind of political compliance, Kenney said.

Instead, attempts to gain new market access for Alberta oil have been quashed on all fronts, he said.

"Justin Trudeau vetoed Northern Gateway after the NDP carbon tax came in. He effectively killed Energy East through the National Energy Board," Kenney said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.

"[Former U.S. president] Barack Obama vetoed the Keystone XL after endorsing the NDP carbon tax, and now the New Democrats from British Columbia are doing everything they can to kill the Trans Mountain pipeline.

"So my question is, why exactly are we punishing Alberta consumers?"

Kenney has been staunchly opposed to the carbon tax since the NDPfirst announced its plans for the levy.

He madescrapping the carbon tax the centrepiece of his successful campaign for a seat in Calgary-Lougheedlate last year, and remainscommitted to repealing it if he becomes Alberta premier in 2019.


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