Something huge snuck past us in Notley's budget.
Effective November 1 the locomotive fuel tax jumped from a cent and a half per liter to five and a half cents per liter. Now dealing in cents, that may not seem like much but the increase was a 367% jump in the locomotive fuel tax rate, overnight.
Both farmers and the lumber industry rely heavily on rail. They'll be hurt by this tax jump but they're only collateral damage. This tax hike was targeted to attack the oil industry.
What's the next best plan for a landlocked resource being bottle necked without pipeline capacity? Rail. And so Notley attacked rail.
The locomotive pipeline is just another pipeline the NDP wants stopped.
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