The Notley government is defending its new carbon levy.
Yesterday, Opposition Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean claimed the $30/tonne carbon tax would increase utility costs by 7.5%, food by 2% and shelter costs by 1.2%
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips later said the Wildrose numbers are taken from a three-year-old Canada wide study and said the numbers put forward by the Wildrose were “sloppy, intellectually lazy” and don’t apply to Alberta right now. Phillips says the NDP numbers show “full implementation, you’re looking at about $500 in average costs for a family of 4, in 2018. And 60% of those families will receive a rebate.”
The Wildrose and PC parties say the NDP is turning a blind eye to the reality that businesses and municipalities may have to download the cost onto Albertans.
Phillips is trying to reassure municipalities the province is dealing with the affects the carbon tax will have on cities and towns. She says things like green funding for transit will help offset higher transit costs due to the rising cost of fuel under the new levy.