The NDP would really appreciate it if you people would just shut up about the carbon tax. That carbon tax is hitting rural school boards especially hard and some boards, like the Battle River and Elk Island Catholic school boards, are speaking up about the added costs.
A local newspaper, the Camrose Canadian, reached out to their NDP MLA Bruce Hinkley—a former teacher and lucky recipient of the Alberta MLA election lottery—for comment about the school boards’ concerns.
Hinkley proceeded to scold his residents for wanting to keep their own money in their pockets and then he admonished the school boards for wanting to spend money on things other than busing.
In a weird socialist tirade, he said:
“In the last three weeks of December, transportation gas ... went from 88 cents at the pump up to $1.11 ... it increased over 26 cents and I didn’t hear one complaint or one protest or one school district financial officer say ‘We can’t handle 26 cents, and why aren’t those gas companies and gas stations reducing it?’” “However, we implemented the carbon pricing and it went up 4.5 cents and the pressure of that 4.5 cents is going to cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars. I’m not sure, how if they can’t handle a 4.5 cents increase, how are they handling a 26 cents increase from industry?”
Spoken like a true communist.
It sounds like the NDP have had it with your bellyaching out there in rural Alberta. They want you to just shut up and quit complaining. Its getting annoying. Bruce Hinkley can afford to pay more, why can't you?
If you ever wondered why the NDP can't budget their way out of a wet paper bag, Bruce Hinckley's statement explains it. He doesn't understand the difference between government taxes and market prices.
Albertans don't like paying more for things because the government thinks added taxes change the weather - when you say it out loud, it sounds pretty crazy.
And people don't like when the government tells them to pipe down, shut up and quit complaining when they take even more money from their pockets.
Bruce Hinkley might think rural Alberta is cheap, cantankerous and a little simple minded but at least they understand how the price of gas at the pumps came to be.