November 05, 2015

Alberta NDP's locomotive fuel tax another attack on oil industry that will hurt all businesses

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

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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commented 2015-11-06 15:39:55 -0500
This tax is just more proof that the Alberta NDP under Notley is out to sabotage and destroy the Alberta economy.
They know their only hope of re-election is to create a massive welfare dependent class that will vote for them to maintain their government (i.e. taxpayer-paid) befefits, and to do that it is necessary to collapse the economy and put many thousands of people out of work, which is precisely what they are doing. These are true socialists.
commented 2015-11-06 13:54:02 -0500
Does nobody realize that this isn’t just an attack on Alberta’s oil and gas producers? This is just another of the progressive’s attacks on Canadian’s well being. It is only part of the tax creep that increases the cost of all goods to the general public. In their bass- ackward view they are raising taxes to all and then redistributing the wealth by bringing in subsidies to low income households. That is their mantra. Why wouldn’t you vote for these pigs when you pay no taxes and get a generous cheque from them each month?
commented 2015-11-06 13:15:31 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE typically coal or nuclear fuel for steam turbines, hydro is very good as well but not everywhere has hydro , alberta is very limited to where hydro can go in there fore we use coal as we have plenty of it.
commented 2015-11-06 12:58:56 -0500
@ Darryl Teskey – I agree with your post. I am, however, not familiar with the power source used for the steam turbines. But with Notley’s war on the oil and gas sector, gas turbines would not be an alternative they would consider.

And you are right, wind and solar cannot compete with other forms of power generation. What happens when it is not windy and no sun. The technology for the storage of massive power does not yet exist.
commented 2015-11-06 12:23:20 -0500
there is only ONE solution to notley and the coward extremists hiding in the shadows behind her.
They have to be REMOVED.
They are not here to govern, they are here to destroy Alberta. after 4 years of this scorched earth economic assault there will be nothing left to fix
commented 2015-11-06 12:16:58 -0500
Though a bit off topic, I am reading a book of personal short stories about Tommy Douglas, CCF (socialist parent of the NDP) Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944-1961. Premier Notley and her Alberta NDP government MP’s should read this book entitled “Touched by Tommy” by Ed and Pemrose Whelan, Whelan Publications, Regina 1990. Tommy got elected in my home Province of Saskatchewan just before I was born. People were fed up with the Provincial Liberal government they had been saddled with for years and wanted change. Sound like Alberta recently? Here’s the difference. The people loved Tommy Douglas. He supported the farmers, he supported unions when they were poor and struggling and he always had the time for a word or two with people he met on the street. Tommy wanted three major changes in Saskatchewan: bring telephones, power and transport (buses) to smaller centres and farms throughout the province. He also wanted universal health care. Premier Douglas was not willing to put Saskatchewan in debt like the Liberals had done for years. Unlike current NDP socialists, Tommy encouraged development in his province and intended that development would eventually produce better revenue allowing for his economic plan for Saskatchewan. He succeeded by fiscal responsibility and by having time for people of all social stature (I think today’s socialists have forgotten this basic principle of socialism…help the widows and orphans so to speak). Tommy Douglas was not perfect but he was way ahead of today’s Canadian socialist.
commented 2015-11-06 12:10:43 -0500
Rachel is an embarrassment to any thinking human being. She should be jailed for what she is trying to do to the O&G industry in AB. What a hypocrite, keep buying unethical oil, while our ethical oil remains under attack by our own government. Rachel will be sure to reap what she sows in the next election. I am embarrassed for her, for being so childish and so damned stupid!
commented 2015-11-06 11:59:22 -0500
Adding more cost to our exports in an already competitive market will simply price them out of the market. Under these fools and the rest of them, this country is going to become poorer than a third world African backwater.
commented 2015-11-06 11:29:30 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE wind turbines do create jobs a few during construction thats about it. one operator can run 100 of them from computer terminal in likley a large city no where near where the turbines are located. They produce small amounts of power and likely will stop operating once the gov grants run out. The usa has been down this road and it is a failure it does not produce enough power. cities cannot run on wind power nor solar,plugging in vehicles air conditioning , all require massive amounts of power, turbines can and do provide this power BUT THEY ARE STEAM AND GAS TURBINES AND ARE USUALLY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ANYWHERE FROM 100 TO 800 MEGA WATTS, a level of power that wind and solar can never ever compete with
commented 2015-11-06 11:23:03 -0500
CAMERON ROBOCK you just removed the doubt, typical ndp voter, likley never ever even worked in oil and gas, did you fill your car up once is that what makes you so full of knowledge about oil and gas. You see if they cannot make money they do not operate they cut. unlike the ndp world where everyone works for the gov and companies those that are left are forced to lose money till they shut down.
commented 2015-11-06 11:00:31 -0500
Colin, even if oil and gas workers could qualify to work in the “green” industry, building wind turbines or solar panel farms, those projects do not exist yet (and hopefully never will) and the o&g workers need work now.
commented 2015-11-06 10:28:38 -0500
CHARLES MOULTON yes i asked her why she would hire an a hole who helped destroy alberta once before and give him a chance to do it again. Asked if she takes ad money from opec, why she seems to have such disrespect for albertans to hire this guy who is another paid liberal shrill. She seems upset that someone dare question her typical lefty. Upset she was caught more like it.
commented 2015-11-06 08:48:09 -0500
how much longer till notley has bird beaters all over our landscape? laid-off o&g workers are gunna need work. is there a better way to make people WANT to be in a “green” industry?
commented 2015-11-06 07:53:57 -0500
CAMERON ROBOCK commented 7 hours ago – CBC called, they are rounding up their lapdogs. You had better fly back to base.
It’s a write off – LMFAO – only Trudeau could make a comment as stupid as this. Are you selling winter Afghan coats too?

Here’s something to help your morning: CLIMATE CHANGE IS A FUCKING FRAUD AND A BIG GOVERNMENT TAX GRAB ON THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASH.
commented 2015-11-06 05:24:48 -0500
Egil…I believe you just found someone who voted Ndp……Cameron
Cameron…….Idiot!!
commented 2015-11-06 01:36:58 -0500
Cameron give up your computer and smartphone that give money to Chinese shareholders if you are so righteous.
commented 2015-11-06 01:36:11 -0500
Cameron what a load of crap. They invest billions and make billions in tax revenue for our country.
commented 2015-11-06 00:57:30 -0500
yawn. Its a tax write off for the companies. Full gst return also. This just raises a little more capital during a crunch time. Since the oil companies had record shareholder payouts to non Canadian citizens, Alberta people might as well benefit from the oil companies moving oil since they not hiring anyone for work anyways. Dine and dash when it gets slow and shut down the work because you might have to save a little to keep the workers employed instead of overly paying shareholders who do not live in Canada for a year.
commented 2015-11-05 22:48:55 -0500
Kelvin – that’s a wonderful idea!
I knew Sheila would pick up on this story soon enough, and she didn’t disappoint. I read about the new locomotive tax increase in a tax bulletin yesterday, and instantly saw it as yet another attack on O&G in Alberta. It’s just sickening how blatantly Notley and Ceci lie about not being able to “help” the O&G industry, while at the same time still kicking it repeatedly while its already on the ground, bleeding out. All they would have to do is just leave it alone and it would be better, that in itself would be a help, instead of this daily barrage of insults to the people who built this province into what it was, until very recently, anyway.
What Notley fails to admit, is that the Dips big plans to “diversify” Alberta’s economy are really about KILLING and REPLACING the oil and gas industry, not ADDING more industries to complement our tax base.
Oh, and now I see that the Alberta Teachers Association is running TV ads too, in addition to all the other multitudes of public unions ads these days. It’s like an F-U to those of us who work hard and have to pay off their overly-compensated butts for having voted in their sugar mama as Premier.
Perhaps Kelvin is on to something, though, with his occupy the Leg ‘campground’ idea….
commented 2015-11-05 22:30:54 -0500
The farmers in this province can bitch about this tax too. Their grain gets to ports by rail. Nutley won’t give a shit though because she knows that the majority of them voted WILDROSE.
commented 2015-11-05 22:15:15 -0500
Just another implementation of Agenda 21.
I still have not met anyone who voted for the NDP.
commented 2015-11-05 21:43:53 -0500
I just went onto the sun paper and even the herald. You know what has just pissed me off even more. The sun hid the story on page 16.
commented 2015-11-05 21:03:03 -0500
Yay, Sheila has her own byline!
commented 2015-11-05 21:01:06 -0500
I’m so close to pitching a tent on the lawn of the LEGISLATION, what the hell have I got lose
commented 2015-11-05 20:42:25 -0500
Will that woman never cease attacking the oil industry. Every day there’s a new attack by her & you trolls can just keep your mouth shut about Notley not being to blame.
Charles/ Kelvin…Ditto…..Alberta cannot wait 4 yrs to wake up & wise up. That will be too late.
commented 2015-11-05 20:24:19 -0500
These imbeciles have to be scared of the public. I am at a loss, I am so pissed at these idiots. We have to start showing up at the legislation en masse and start scaring the shit out of the people. They are weak young and stupid and must be convinced that they will indeed be held accountable for their actions
commented 2015-11-05 20:17:44 -0500
Peter, it isn’t a bit personal… It is very personal and it has t stop very soon.
commented 2015-11-05 20:16:14 -0500
Darryl Teskey, I was wondering if you could please inform me of the questions that were asked, when emailing that rag of a magazine Alberta Oil. That way I don’t ask the same questions and we hold these losers to the task.