A new freedom of information request has revealed something shocking about the Alberta government’s new carbon tax.
We filed a request looking for any studies the government had undertaken to demonstrate that their carbon tax and climate leadership plan would actually reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We wanted to know if Rachel Notley’s government, a government that likes to claim they are the defenders of fact based decision making, had actually based their decision to tax all life in Alberta on actual demonstrable facts.
On November 25, 2015, we asked the government to "Provide copies of any studies or analysis done on the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of Alberta's new climate change plan (released November 22, 2015)."
The government’s response to us, now 11 months later, is that “a search of Alberta Environment record holdings has not identified any records relating to the subject of your request.”
Not a single document. Not a single study, or analysis. Nothing.
The government, so busy selling this wealth transfer and massive tax hike on being alive in Alberta, has no clue whether their tax hike designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will actually do a single thing to bring them down. They didn't even bother to do a study.
But there’s a good reason for that. The NDP couldn't do a scientific study, the results would be laughable. They know the answer would be ridiculous, too ridiculous to even ask about.
If the NDP don't do these studies then studies can't go wrong, they can't be FOI’d and they can't be leaked. It's the only strategy the NDP have left now that we've been holding them to account.
Which says as much about The Rebel as it does about the NDP. It means we have been effective at holding these destroyers to account.
But it's also an admission by the NDP that they know the facts aren't on their side.