November 23, 2015

Notley's carbon tax will hit Albertans hard: Here's how, when and where you'll feel it

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Rachel Notley introduced her carbon tax and it will hit families hard. We all knew it was coming. We all knew the deck was stacked against us from the very beginning. If you were shocked by the NDP announcement then you haven't been paying attention.

Notley's carbon tax is a tax on everything. If it moves or grows, then you're paying. According to the Canadian Tax Payer's Federation, this new tax will cost the average Alberta household $320 per year in 2017. It jumps to a whopping  $470 per year in 2018. 

That’s a lot. But I like to make things real. I wanted to know what this meant for families like yours and mine. What will this tax grab mean to our household budgets? 100,000 Albertans are unemployed and 58,000 are on EI. It's not like families have disposable income right now. 

So what real things might Alberta families have to give up to pay for Rachel Notley's superstition in year 2017? How about dental check ups and summer camp in 2017? What about snow tires and minor hockey in year 2018? 

Normal families are going to have to make some tough decisions going forward. And for what? How much of an impact will killing all these Alberta jobs do to save the world from becoming a climate fire ball of doom? Nothing. The oil sands accounts for one tenth of one percent of global emissions. Shutting them all down won't save the planet. 

But that’s not the point. It's about money, my money in the government's pocket. 

 

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commented 2015-12-05 12:23:41 -0500
I moved to Alberta a couple years ago from Ontario. I thought it would be great to get away from the Socialists/Liberal Progressives/Communist agenda in Ontario. But alas, here I am and what happens, they are here. You have to dig deeper than just the puppet R. Notley, (red diapered professional politician, daughter of Socialist Grant, and a Lawyer from Osgoode Hall Toronto, and a Political Science degree from U of Alberta). She is just the latest spokesperson for the U.N. Communist New World take over financed by the Central Banks, Military Industrial Complex, and Corporate Globalists Cabal designed to break the middle class in America. I came here thinking that I am just going to keep my mouth shut and not get involved but, now I am pissed off, I will not keep my mouth shut any longer. We are under attack, the Socialist/Communists have infiltrated every level of Government, you cannot change it by voting for some one else, the political system has failed and failed miserably. I am sorry to say it but it won’t be CHANGED by electing a different puppet. It is going to take a lot of Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Something I am sure that proud, tough Albertans are quite familiar with.
commented 2015-11-27 02:23:03 -0500
About doing something – legally – nothing – majority rules, opposition as is minority have no power to turn down or blkock anything…. unless real majority of ppl will flood the streets and make anoter “euromaidan” like in Ukraine…. and I don’t think there will be much of those who can…. time will tell….
commented 2015-11-27 02:19:04 -0500
“Folks…ALBERTA’S OIL COMPANIES SUPPORT NOTLEY’S CARBON TAX!!!

Why spend any time or effort supporting a bunch of greedy, ass-kissing bastards who are okay with the NDP putting the screws to you? " – Not defending anybody but think of big business – can they change something by saying “no” – not, but they can get more troubles from those crazy GNDP, so will they? Second – who is in the end will pay their carbon tax how do you think? Me, you, everyone else – one time for big guys, second time for us at the pump… GNDP want you to drive bike at -20, with a trailer in tow if you have tools to do work…. not a truck, so they made all possible to make it unaffordable for everyone except themself…. we should start with making MP salaries at $10/hr …. PPL wanted change – they got their wish granted – it calls democracy, anyone else who is not happy like me should suck it up….
commented 2015-11-25 09:11:14 -0500
We need to combine forces with the official opposition party, since they are the ones who are supposed to be holding the communists feet to the fire.
commented 2015-11-24 23:19:16 -0500
She will go down as the worst premier in Alberta history.
commented 2015-11-24 22:22:59 -0500
I live in northern alberta one of a few who want mobilize against this government. My internet savvy is to limited but we need to take this much further than bitching on comment sections or signing petitions.we need to force this government to step down. It can be done legally and democraticaly but we need a way to mobilize
commented 2015-11-24 21:23:36 -0500
" I live in the Edmonton area and would very much like to get something started to fight back on this insane attack on all Albertans.."

Really WILLIAM? Glad to hear it!
Tell you what. Everybody in Alberta is waiting for someone else to get them off their arses…that’s just what it was like in Ontario ten yeas ago. Tell you what, Shawn McRae and I have all sorts of advice we can give you about blocking highways and surrounding Legislatures…send me an email if you’re serious.
commented 2015-11-24 20:44:33 -0500
First post. I live in the Edmonton area and would very much like to get something started to fight back on this insane attack on all Albertans. I have volunteered to be one of the captains for the lawn sign to kill the carbon tax and am waiting to hear back. How do we get organized?
commented 2015-11-24 18:17:57 -0500
Now that socialists control most governments in Canada, you will witness the government at war with the governed.
commented 2015-11-24 12:19:50 -0500
“Is it? you’ll be the first to complain when there’s no money for elder care when you get there.”
Well ANDREW STEPHENSON, I don’t know if TERRY is going to be the first to complain or not. Maybe he’s in the same category as many of us who have just resigned ourselves to the fact that our governments long ago stopped caring about future generations and costs and have committed themselves to pissing it all away. None of them (Liberal, NDP, or PC)have raised anything more than platitudes about our rotting health-care systems….and our dull, stupid public obviously doesn’t care.

The real issue that TERRY raised is that at some point, sooner or later every one in the private sector comes to the conclusion that a government that commits itself to ever-increasing confiscation is the enemy. Folks in the private sector – who pay all the bills – invariably arrive at this revelation long before the public-sector workers they support. The rationale goes something like this: the government is picking my pockets and pissing it all away instead of spending it on actual services – therefore, I am nothing but a fool if I don’t take steps to keep my money.

So, everywhere I look there are glaring examples of a full-scale tax revolt. From the tens (maybe hundreds) of thousands of folks along our southern border who cross into the US to buy their groceries, gasoline, etc.; to the four out of five smokers in this County who buy Indian cigarettes; local tradesmen and contractors who ask, “Do you need a receipt…or can I cut you a deal for cash”; farmers selling a side of beef or a gallon of milk out the back door; mechanics moonlighting in their own garages; etc., etc., etc.

The government – stupidly – responds by more confiscation schemes and more enforcement, but as the old saying goes, when you build a new mouse-trap, the mice get smarter.

I see very little chance that the trend could be halted, let alone reversed. Once a family experiences the power of “extra” cash, there would be about as much chance to get them back in “declaration mode” as there would be of convincing our politicians and bureaucrats that layoffs, pay-cuts and the dissolution of useless ministries and agencies would be the best thing that ever happened to our Country.
commented 2015-11-24 12:10:33 -0500
Nothing Notley does will be to assist the private sector, so let’s do what we can not to assist her with our own destruction. Defy Rachel’s plan wherever you can. She has declared war on capitalism in AB, and we the public, need to declare war on Notley, and her plan to steal our province, and our livelihoods. Let’s not just watch, let’s come together and let her know that we are going to fight, no matter what!
commented 2015-11-24 12:03:38 -0500
This is part of Nutloose’s job creation plan. Tax everybody and everything then give rebates to lowest income 60%. Maybe 150 bureaucracy jobs created to manage the rebate program. Just what we need.
commented 2015-11-24 11:17:46 -0500
It would be worse if like Ontario you had sales tax in Alberta. In Ontario road tax is built into the price of gasoline and then the sales tax taxes the road tax. The new tax structure for Ontario will be a road tax, taxed by a carbon tax, and finally the road tax and the carbon tax will be taxed by the sales tax. Alberta’s socialists could learn a lot from Ontario’s socialists. .
commented 2015-11-24 10:25:04 -0500
Motley campaigned " The keystone will give thousands of jobs to the US and that’s not what Albertans want" This is so much better? She’s insane and out of control! She hasn’t followed her campaign promises one step
commented 2015-11-24 10:06:55 -0500
Maybe we should create a “Metaphorical Criminal Code” because voting for an NDP or Liberal Government is the metaphorical equivalent of punching yourself in the mouth or throwing yourself over a fifteen storey balcony.
commented 2015-11-24 09:20:29 -0500
Don’t kid yourselves, the PST is coming! They have to stick us with this faux environmental tax that will fill the pockets of our greedy leaders first. When Jesus was sold out, the 30-pieces of silver paid for him, was called “blood money!” I think the same term applies to those with both hands in the taxpayers cookie jar. Pay back will be huge for those who are selling out our people, our country, and the world!
commented 2015-11-24 09:19:00 -0500
@ Peter Bonderud – Though I am not a farmer, I can see more problem for the farmers that cannot control the price they sell their product for, such as the grains. Those farmers will be hit the hardest.

I seriously despise these idiot NDP! They are destroying Alberta and are enjoying themselves doing it!

I hope all those that voted NDP lose their job and have to leave Alberta to find another one.
commented 2015-11-24 08:40:21 -0500
A few minutes ago found the federal NDP appealing to me to sign a petition to support Notley’s anti-human make people poorer carbon tax. Did sign with the appropriate signature and a wish to take the NDP to either a cult deprogramming course (exorcism optional) or a remedial class on sun interactions with planetary bodies – i.e heating and cooling.
commented 2015-11-24 07:59:40 -0500
I hope those who voted for the NDP in Alberta and the liberals in Ontario…not to mention the socialists in Ottawa enjoy living in caves
commented 2015-11-24 05:40:35 -0500
Has it occurred to anyone that “nutbar” notley HATES alberta, and the people that are actually trying to make an honest living here? This crazy broad has the contempt of an easterner for this province and the poison being poured into her ear is getting stronger and stronger. This little crazy cannot be any sort of leader, only a person who is determined to do more damage in 4 years or less, than the p.c’s could do in 40+, is called a follower, and also a psychopath. Do not let this little twit fool you, she wants to kill you financially, and if it costs you and your family their lives from freezing to death, well hey at least their saving the carbon.
commented 2015-11-24 02:04:24 -0500
The PST that is not called a PST it is called a carbon tax. The money will not go into some magic fund that will cause the climate to stop changing, it will go into general funds just like a sales tax would.
commented 2015-11-24 01:59:43 -0500
Well – Peter is right – everything you buy not just food will go up, sure food more…. there is no cheap food from third world countries any more – it’s not cheap either, Oil execs were right to applay, WHO DO YOU THINK will pay their carbon tax in the end? Me, you, everyone living there…. Don’t blame me I voted WR, yes tired of PC but still had some common sense, don’t believe socialists – they not only lie but often don’t know what they’re doing….mean what they really doing… Bruce Kirk did excellent post down there, take time, read it… I may can say those NDP socialists and communists are not the same, they don’t have what it takes to build something really, really worth struggle and running province to the poorhouse, they just, just will run it to the poorhouse…. communists, real ones as those who build USSR may would accomplish something (but don’t ask at what price it was always VERY HIGH if you let them do it) but at least…. those ones only can wreck the province with help from Libs at fed’s level and then say … well whoever you elect after will cleanup this mess and those who will get elected after them will have to carry all the burden of cuts and other unpopular measures…. After all those BIG, BIG GREEN measures we’re just a laughing stock for China whose carbon emissions is just uncomparable to Canada, and there is no carbon tax, 23000 coal mines, well everything…. not to mention, Russia, India, South America…. nobody of them have any problem if we tax ourselves to death, they will lend us money…. just at a big interest rate…. COMMON SENSE…. ??? Well, not there – ppl got their wish granted, I am wondering, maybe “common sense” is a visible minority now? Don’t Judge it too hard but I just don’t get any logic behind some of our dear government actions…. they will have their paychecks anyways….
commented 2015-11-24 01:34:18 -0500
I enjoy your videos, Sheila. I live in the Peace country in BC and I’m retired but do a little farming on the 1/2 section that I kept after I down sized the farm. The carbon tax in BC really hit the farmers in this area hard. When it’s seeding time , haying or harvest time the amount of fuel used in one day is probably (and in turn the amount of carbon tax paid) more than the average person in town uses and pays in an entire year. Notley had representation from oil and gas and environmentalist but where were the farmers? I guess Alberta don’t have a farming industry! If farmers have to pay higher taxes then I predict the price of food will no doubt be in for a substantial increase and I mean a hefty increase and NO one is ever talking about this likely increase in food that will effect every household.
commented 2015-11-24 01:31:54 -0500
Notley is an utterly delusional lunatic. She thinks a shrinking glacier in the Rockies means we are all going to die from Canada-induced global warming if she doesn’t bankrupt us and freeze us to death first. She knows about as much about climate science as Stephen Harper knew about break dancing. We are being destroyed by a lunatic.

Our only hope to avoid being destroyed by this lunatic accidental premier of Alberta is mass action to make it clear to her that she is ensuring her own political suicide if she stays on her course of economic destruction of Alberta.
commented 2015-11-24 01:24:25 -0500
I am going to burn more carbon just to spite these idiots.
commented 2015-11-24 01:13:49 -0500
“It’s a win-win.”

Is it? you’ll be the first to complain when there’s no money for elder care when you get there.

ps – almost 20% of BC lives on Vancouver island, how do 90% live within half an hour of the border? Even north Surrey is pushing that. Probably closer to 20%.
commented 2015-11-24 01:10:05 -0500
The people of Alberta spoke loud and clear. They voted in NDP to make real change and that is what they are doing. What they were elected to do. They are fixing the mistakes of the past and taking Canaada forward into the future. A carbon tax will be an effective solution—note the support of industry that Notley has obtained for this.

“On behalf of Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., my colleagues from Suncor, Cenovus and Shell, we applaud Premier Notley for giving us, to provide us the position of leadership on climate policy,” CNRL chairman Murray Edwards said at the news conference.
commented 2015-11-23 23:59:14 -0500
The carbon tax has been the best thing that ever hit BC. First, it was offset by income taxes. So the net effect is nill. Then if you’re part of the 90% that live within 30 minutes of the US border, you head south weekly to fill up on cheap American gas, then head off to Costco for cheap American groceries.

You soon discover all these private post offices along the border that are there to accept your US mail-order purchases. For a small fee, they hold your package, and send you an e-mail to pick it up. So, no need to buy anything in Canada anymore.

Plus, the good folks at the border never seem interested in collecting any tax. Can’t remember the last time I was called in to pay PST/GST.

It’s a win-win.