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UCP argues industry ‘compliance payments’ are not a carbon tax

The Alberta government officially calls the TIER carbon tax “Compliance Payments” in its budget.

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Alberta UCP Environment Minister Jason Nixon denies that Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction Fund on industrial heavy-emitters is actually a carbon tax, or a tax at all.

Nixon was responding on Twitter to a Western Standard story about the UCP government using money paid from the tax to fund several corporate welfare programs announced by the province Tuesday.

The move was slammed by Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

“Imposing a tax on industry then having politicians and bureaucrats try to figure out how to spend the money is not a good way to grow the economy and get Albertans back to work,” said Terrazzano. “If Premier Jason Kenney wants to create jobs then he should cut the bureaucratic middleman and let Albertans keep more of our money in the first place.”

Alberta’s government announced Monday it will spend up to $750 million from the large emitter-paying TIER fund and other public funding. This expenditure will be more than doubled by additional dollars from industry and other sectors, leading to more than $1.9 billion in total funding.

Jason Nixon tweet

Shortly after the story was published, Nixon took to social media to deny TIER was actually a tax.

TIER, which came into effect January 1st of 2019, charges industry $30 per-tonne of carbon released.

“First, this is industry money, not taxpayer money. That’s important. Industry has asked us to spend it on projects that will attract investment,” Nixon tweeted.

The Alberta government officially calls the TIER carbon tax “Compliance Payments” in its budget.

Nixon also said the $750 million will create 9,000 jobs – meaning a cost of more than $83,000 a job.

“These projects will create nearly 9K jobs. I’m not sure I’ve met an Albertan who could object to that,” Nixon tweeted.

“We ran on creating a made-in-Alberta solution to prevent the feds from encroaching on AB’s jurisdiction. The alternative is this $$$ going into Ottawa’s pocket – not an improvement in my opinion.”

The former Alberta NDP government similarly argued that its larger carbon tax was designed to keep Ottawa from taxing the province directly.

Contacted by the Western Standard Tuesday night Terrazzano said he stands by his statement calling the TIER a tax.

The Western Standard has reached out to Jason Nixon for comment, but none has been received as of press time.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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Horgan leads NDP to majority government in B.C.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

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John Horgan’s NDSP party now rules B.C. with a majority government.

Preliminary results from Saturday’s election show the NDP turned its 41-seat minority into a 55-seat majority.

More than 500,000 mail in ballots still have to be counted. Final results won’t be known for several weeks.

“B.C. has voted, and a majority has been called, but there are many many hundreds of thousands of votes yet to be counted,” Horgan said at a victory rally in Vancouver.

“While we wait for that final count to happen, I want to assure people that I’m going to keep the focus right where it belongs, on helping people get through this pandemic and making sure that they have the services that they need.”

“All British Columbians can sleep safely knowing that we’re going to do everything we can to keep them safe, healthy and secure.”

The Liberals won 29 seats and the Green party, three.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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Kenney says Albertans may get ‘multi-issues’ referendum

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the UCP could have multiple referendum questions for voters next year.

The government has already committed to hold a referendum on equalization payments next October at the same time as municipal elections.

Speaking virtually to the UCP’s AGM on Saturday, Kenney said the party is also looking at adding other issues.

“I believe on the big consequential issues it’s right to go to the public,” kenney told 1,400 delegates who had signed up for the virtual convention.

He said a decision to get rid of Daylight Savings Time, a Senate election, constitutionally changing property rights and a provincial pension plan are some of the things Albertans may have a chance to vote on.

Kenney spent most of his speech hilighting UCP policies they have brought in, including scrapping the carbon tax and repealing Bill 6.

“We are one-third through our mandate and we have implemented two-thirds of our 261 election promises,” said Kenney.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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RCMP able to save ice-bound calf in northern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress

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For a B.C. Mountie, it was a very moo-ving rescue.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP were told about a young calf that had fallen through ice, into a slough along Farrell Creek Road, north east of Hudson’s Hope, in northeastern B.C.

The on-duty police officer responded to the area and was able to locate the calf clearly in distress, said the RCMP in a release.

“It was obvious that the calf had been doing its best to stay afloat and was getting tired, however could not move forward or backwards due to the surrounding ice,” said the release.

“Thinking quickly, and using any means available to the officer, and some locals that had stopped to assist, the ice around the calf was broken. The very tired calf was able to be lassoed and brought to the edge and out of the slough to rest.”

When we suit up and start our shifts each day, we really never have any idea what our day on the front line will entail,” said Cpl. Rob Gardner.

The front line officer, who responded to the scene, did a great job thinking quickly and outside the box to work with some locals to break the ice and free the small calf. We’d like to thank all those who stopped to assist with this rescue.

The wet calf, who seemed un-injured during the ordeal.

Rescued calf. Courtesy RCMP

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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