January 03, 2017

NDP’s carbon tax relief for Alberta greenhouse operators: Too little, too late

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

After months of ignoring them, the NDP have decided that they care about keeping Alberta’s greenhouse producers competitive with other jurisdictions.

Alberta greenhouses have been sounding alarms that Rachel Notley’s new carbon tax will make them uncompetitive with regions that don’t have to use natural gas heat, have longer growing seasons and lower minimum wages. All of this prompted an eleventh hour announcement on the eve of the new carbon tax.

For the next two years, greenhouses will be able to recoup up to 80 per cent of the carbon levy, similar to what happens in BC.

Now before we have a ticker tape parade for the NDP, let’s do the math. Some greenhouse producers in Alberta will see a nearly $50,000 hike in their natural gas heating costs because of the carbon tax. An 80% rebate still leaves them with a $10,000 carbon tax bill this year.

This is like being grateful for the schoolyard bully that stole your lunch because he left you with your juice box.

The NDP had a chance to exempt greenhouses during the debate on the carbon tax way back in June of 2016 but instead, they voted against a proposed Wildrose amendment, arguing, in effect, that natural gas is cheap enough already.

All this fake tax relief is a little too late. Western Feedlots closed, citing the carbon tax and Bill 6. Hotchkiss Herbs and Produce is gone, citing the carbon tax and Bill 6. Those jobs are gone, Those businesses are gone, those local growers are gone.

The NDP should have listened to producers. But they won’t, until they're forced to listen when we vote them out in 2019.

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commented 2017-01-04 16:35:00 -0500
Thanks for the link JIM NORWOOD. Hopefully Trump has arrived in time and can throw a monkey wrench in things and slow down the man made climate change mantra and eventually get it turned around to a more sane approach to energy, INCLUDING fossil fuels.
commented 2017-01-04 11:25:41 -0500
Some inconvenient truths. When Al Gore was born there were 7000 polar bears. Now there are 30,000. A temp rise precedes a rise in carbon dioxide, not the other way around. A giant hoax by the elite to control our lives and extract wealth.
commented 2017-01-04 09:47:31 -0500
one south of Calgary just shut down, This means diesel fuel and jet fuel to deliver produce from the us or mexico, Do the ndp even have a clue to the damage they are doing
commented 2017-01-04 08:46:56 -0500
Thanks JAMES SCOTT…..They will be getting another call from me today.

@robert HEWGILL….I missed the WR enviro critic yesterday, but judging from your post I have another call to make today. WHAT IS WITH THESE FOOLS NOW. I banked on WR staying sane….WTF
commented 2017-01-04 08:28:28 -0500
Shannon Phillips
No Democratic Party MLA

Address:
Legislature Office
208 Legislature Building
10800 – 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
Canada T5K 2B6

Phone: 780.427.2391
Fax: 780.422.6259

Or call 310-0000

I’m sure she would love to hear from you all.
commented 2017-01-04 06:41:52 -0500
Leviticus 2013 commented 14 hours ago
This is undeniably the strongest case ever for western separation…
Central government Authority has no place in a country size of Canada.
Whoever governs this country be it PCs, liberals or whoever is so out of touch with mainstream Canada out west that all they only see us as an economic means to an end.
We seriously need to start discussing the terms of separation and the end of the NDP in our country
(western Canada).
Anything less than a vote for separation is a vote for maintaining the status quo and our dwindling say on how our province is run along with the development our natural resources.


Yup it’s the only way to save Alberta now. Even the WR have sold out to the evil ideology. I heard that WR environmental critic on the radio yesterday. They were playing a clip of what he said , over and over all day long. Spewing the climate change nonsense, what sounded like running to the UN to solve the problem. The gawd damn traitor, I could have kicked him right in the nuts.
commented 2017-01-04 02:16:18 -0500
This is how she will let her friends off the hook.
commented 2017-01-04 02:12:14 -0500
Who would have expected anything better from this not head.
commented 2017-01-04 00:06:52 -0500
Damn it anyway! I’m sure I saw that Thomas Dang POS at a special needs school awhile back! & that Nutley skank had better be looking for a special needs school to take her in ASAP!
Just sitting back & watching this lunatic bitch is gonna be heating many a finger!
commented 2017-01-03 23:58:38 -0500
Sure hope it doesn’t take till 2019 for someone one to get a sight on this blight bitch!!
commented 2017-01-03 20:43:01 -0500
The irony is that if we cannot feed ourselves with locally grown food, the food has to be imported. If we import food, we use fossil fuels in the transport of the food. So why have a carbon tax, just to have to burn fuel and create CO2 another way?
commented 2017-01-03 19:51:28 -0500
That blathering talking head NDPer Thomas Dang confirms that this province is being run by high school dropouts or lunatics, most likely the latter.
commented 2017-01-03 19:38:30 -0500
The voters that elected the Nothead were the sheep gov. so called workers teachers nurses because the union goons told them to.
commented 2017-01-03 19:17:02 -0500
There are a few Countries in this World that would be rioting on the streets, if they had received the same kind of treatment that Notley has bestowed on Alberta.
Yes, I understand, the people of Albertan are civilized but how far are they going to be pushed?

Alberta, the Slime of Marxism has spawned amid’st you, it is time to take stock and act accordingly.
commented 2017-01-03 17:54:58 -0500
Are these ndp fools just trying to rid the province of true Albertans so ALL of Justin’s welfare tourist voters will be settled in Alberta?

Although sad and disturbing, it was nice to see Judith Curry show resolve and resign her post at Georgia Tech because of the fraudulent representation so prevalent in the man made climate change mantra. All ndp pieces of shit mlas’ should be forced to read her reasoning. Taxing CO2 is ABSURD. She also states what CRAP the wind and solar projects are.

Why are dipshits like Shannon Philips and Notely herself allowed to blatantly lie to Albertans, and the useless bought off media makes no effort to even confront the scumbags on it. Top it off with a boat load of tax payer cash to promote the dipper propaganda and lies. Funny they are doing this. Didn’t douchebag Phillips say the MAJORITY of Albertans favour the ctax. Why do they have to buy adds( with our money) if every one wants the tax?

Most of the rot who scribe for the Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, the cbc, ctv and global should start taking a hard look in the mirror. They are totally clueless on the subject of climate and must live in a politically correct cesspool and just make a habit of sucking up the leftist juice.

Could someone please give me Phillips phone number at the ledge , I lost it a couple weeks ago when I phoned her on an earlier tirade. I feel it necessary to call again.
commented 2017-01-03 17:48:38 -0500
Most every body in BC is now watching the REBEL , and last year not too many even heard of the REBEL . I recently went through check out at a big box store with my REBEL hat on , even the check out girl and her husband watch , and they see what’s going on in Alberta, and can’t figure out why it’s not big news in the msmers
The slow starving of a province
commented 2017-01-03 17:41:19 -0500
I think you are being to hard on the NDP.
With the NDP math is very hard, and science does not apply.
And the NDP have no common sense, so explaining math, science and common sense is just too hard for the NDP to understand.
I would suggest if you want to give a message to the NDP you should start with a coloring book, and help them understand not to color outside of the lines, and when the can do that all by themselves then you can teach them about math start with 1 plus 1 first.
Just kidding, the NDP perfectly know exactly what they are doing, sort of, they are receive instructions from George Soros and friends on how they can rob Alberta of their wealth.
commented 2017-01-03 17:06:49 -0500
Harley.. Pissed off is not good enough….
Our present governments will only pass laws and bills that further restrict us and our ability to criticize them..
We need to do something while our voices still count for something.
One other thing that we need to do is count votes on every election when the people are surprised who got into power..!!
I think Alberta got sold a bill of goods by the “powers that be” giving us a one time NDP government because there’s too much of a coincidence going on here.
Their agenda (the globalist agenda) could not be forwarded without the likes of Rachel Notley and her band of incompetence and traitors to give us so many things that have had a negative impact to the province and people and not being a part of their campaign platform..
We need to start demanding vote counts when strange political upsets occur.
commented 2017-01-03 16:48:36 -0500
Just remember for everyone of us regular people who comment here, it represents thousands of the pissed off silent majority.
First protest I have ever been to was Edmonton. I suspect for every new protester like myself 10.000
either could not afford to go or had no way to get there.
These governments both of them are crapping their pants.
commented 2017-01-03 16:42:01 -0500
This is undeniably the strongest case ever for western separation…
Central government Authority has no place in a country size of Canada.
Whoever governs this country be it PCs, liberals or whoever is so out of touch with mainstream Canada out west that all they only see us as an economic means to an end.
We seriously need to start discussing the terms of separation and the end of the NDP in our country
(western Canada).
Anything less than a vote for separation is a vote for maintaining the status quo and our dwindling say on how our province is run along with the development our natural resources.
commented 2017-01-03 16:32:47 -0500
It is going to take a minimum of 10 years of Conservative government after these NDP a_sh_les are voted out in 2019 to fix the damage they NDP have and will have done.
commented 2017-01-03 16:18:08 -0500
Soon the only ones left will be the union goons and the sheep thy control.
commented 2017-01-03 15:48:30 -0500
Day 3 and Alberta is still here.What a bunch of pompous asses.There should be a political test to write before you can lead a party or a country.Dam greedy fools.
Gontario still here but the jobs won’t be here very soon.But it’s OK she said she made a mistake.JUST ONE?
commented 2017-01-03 15:43:09 -0500
It’s been estimated that our forests and agricultural land consumes 20-30% more CO2 than we emit. We should be selling carbon credits to bigger emitting countries and making money.
commented 2017-01-03 15:28:45 -0500
Disgusting government and people.
commented 2017-01-03 15:17:18 -0500
Robert, the problem is, is that the rich are the only ones that can afford to leave. Why would a rich person watch as their profits get vacuumed up by Marxist criminals. Alberta will be left with welfare recipients and retirees, people that can’t afford to flee. The rest of the population will be government employees, that will soon become agitated for carrying the water for wretched Rachel.
commented 2017-01-03 15:06:59 -0500
All I want to know is:
1 Specifically, what will the collected Carbon Tax be used for? — to reduce pollution, or Climate Change or whatever?
2 How will the impact of this expense be measured related to its intended purposes, in #1?
3 How will the public be regularly informed of the ongoing impact of this expenditure?
4 Who, specifically, will be held accountable for this Program?
No-one seems to want to discuss these four questions.
commented 2017-01-03 14:53:05 -0500
They won’t be the only ones leaving. There is no way anyone but the rich will be able to afford to live in Alberta anymore.