December 09, 2015

POLL RESULTS: Albertans demand referendum on NDP's carbon tax, think "the whole thing is just a cash grab"

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Thanks to the generosity of our viewers, we crowdfunded a professional poll on the Alberta NDP's carbon tax, and now the results are in.

452 Albertans were surveyed, with an accuracy of plus or minus 4.6%, nineteen times out of twenty. I’d like to take you through the six questions that we asked.

Here’s our first question: "What do you think the Alberta NDP government’s attitude is towards Alberta’s oil and gas sector?”

(They claim to support it, but for years the NDP led anti-oil protests, and Notley herself attended one.)

43% of Albertans say the NDP is hostile, with more than half of those people saying the NDP is very hostile. Only 17% say the NDP are moderately friendly to oil and gas, and just 7% say they’re very friendly.

Here’s our second question: "Alberta’s NDP government is imposing a $3 billion carbon tax. This tax was not in their election platform. Do you think they have a mandate to bring in this tax?"

Only 26% of Albertans say they do.

Third question: "Should the NDP hold a referendum on bringing in this proposed carbon tax, which will cost the average family hundred of dollars a year?”

47% say yes, just 28% say no.

Here’s my favourite question: “The NDP has said the tax will start at $3 billion and grow to $5 billion. Do you think the tax will stay at $5 billion, or increase in the future?”

Albertans are no dummies. Only 5% of people say it will stay at $5 billion. Even amongst NDP voters, only 8% say it will stay at $5 billion dollars a year.

Here’s the fifth question: “The NDP’s plan includes shutting own coal-fired power plants and installing green energy like solar and wind. What impact do you think this will have on your power bill?”

Again, Albertans are no dummies. 57% say their power bills will go up, including 34% who say it will go up a lot. Only 6% say it will go down. In fact, NDP voters are even more convinced their electricity bills are about to go up, with 62% saying so.

Last question: "What do you think is the real goal of this carbon tax?"

43% say it’s to raise more money; 25% say they don’t know. Just one third of Albertans believe it’s to combat climate change. I’m surprised that’s so high — if paying taxes cooled the climate, we’d be in an Ice Age by now.

So there you have it.

Albertans believe the NDP is hostile to the oil and gas industry. They think the NDP doesn’t have a mandate for the tax, and they should put it to a referendum.

They think their electricity bills are going up, the tax itself will go up, and the whole thing is just a cash grab.

Folks, it’s up to us to fight back. Yesterday, the first of 2,500 of our lawn signs started going up across Alberta. If you’ve signed up for a lawn sign, expect an e-mail from us in the next day or so telling you where to go to pick it up in your community — we have dozens of volunteer lawn sign captains who have generously offered to distribute them across the province. Thanks you!

If you haven’t registered for your lawn sign yet, or if you want to be a lawn sign captain to help distribute them, you can click on the image below. 


Lawn signs are free, but we do ask you to consider making a $5 online donation to help cover the cost. If you want to help us cover the cost of this opinion poll, you can do so at the website, too. (I haven’t got the bill for this poll yet, but I imagine it will cost us at least $2,000 because it was so long.)

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commented 2015-12-10 16:25:54 -0500
And what is the Wild Rose Party saying about this?
commented 2015-12-10 11:40:14 -0500
She sounds like she knows so much more than any other Albertan…The people are stupid and the National Destruction Party knows all the answers. She’s a typical democrat
commented 2015-12-09 21:49:11 -0500
Don Cloud how about we ask everyone about abortion , or are you too scared to do so. LMAO. Now go die a virgin.
commented 2015-12-09 21:47:34 -0500
Andrew nothing misleading about it.
commented 2015-12-09 21:37:50 -0500
Well, apparently some Albertans agree with the title. Less than half, though. Title is misleading.
commented 2015-12-09 19:23:24 -0500
Notley,s NDPee’s should be made to justify the reason for a Carbon Tax.
The fact that there has been no increase in global warming for almost 20 years and even the UN has stated that Global Warming started to decrease in 2014. This last is of course a lie, how can it start to decrease if it has been the same for 20 years.
Notley is just another UN Marxist puppet .
commented 2015-12-09 17:11:53 -0500
Sean Penson commented 2 hours ago
If it’s done properly, love or here in BC (where it’s revenue neutral), it will prove to be very popular; just give it and both levels of government a chance

It’s not revenue neutral, to say so is a lie. The people who work and produce don’t get it back. It goes to slugs and thieving scum. Those who produce get their wages cut to pay for it.
commented 2015-12-09 17:04:09 -0500
I find it incredulous that there is even a discernible percentage who think Carbon taxing is anything more than a get rich scheme for kleptocrat patrons and a get out of jail free card for corporate polluters who can buy absolution for their “carbon crimes” If I audited ISO 14000 environmental compliance based in this “carbon trading/taxing” racket WE could certify BP’s dirtiest Gulf operations.
That plus the fact there is no possible way to prove this will impact climate in any meaningful way. Looks like rge IQ bell curve in AB has taken a big DIP since I worked there.
commented 2015-12-09 16:28:29 -0500
You’re right Petey. Hopefully the people, not their loser PC party will rise up against another majority run government and turn things around.
commented 2015-12-09 16:23:06 -0500
Better a jerk then someone hoping his Depends hold out until his Walmart greeter shift ends.
commented 2015-12-09 16:11:40 -0500
Don Cloud, the percentage of people polled is in ratio to the bigger ones that are Canada wide.

An average Canada wide poll done by the larger polling firms is about 5000 people from 35.16 million. That is about the same ratio as 452 people from 4.146 million.

So like usual, you are just being a jerk.
commented 2015-12-09 16:05:22 -0500
Is it Sean and Don or Neil and Bob? You two morons should be gobbling each other so you don’t procreate and add more idiots into society. The idea that we can wreck the CDN economy to appease the rest of the world and show we are doing our part for climate change will go down as the dumbest decision of all time. Even if there was warming a population growing to 9 billion will only increase GHG. It is now time to accept it and start planning for a warmer climate. Heck, maybe we can use some of these billions to get clean drinking water on reserves and reduce real pollution. Naw, that is not as sexy as climate change and does not give governments a reason to steal from taxpayers. Anybody in favor of carbon taxes is a complete moron.
commented 2015-12-09 16:04:38 -0500
what the fuck are ya doing. YOU fucking idiots voted them in now live with thepain. Same as Trudeau, he is a corrupt moron and will fucjk ya. So live with it…besides I am retired now, built this country, and you PC fucks are wrecking it. I am watching this garbage from the beach in Mexico, plus I want more free shit… so live with the choices you made.
commented 2015-12-09 16:04:36 -0500
Sean Penson, no carbon tax is revenue neutral. You obviously don’t know what revenue neutral means.
commented 2015-12-09 15:44:10 -0500
452 surveyed and the province’s population is an estimated 4 million. You guys rock!
commented 2015-12-09 15:38:00 -0500
If it’s done properly, love or here in BC (where it’s revenue neutral), it will prove to be very popular; just give it and both levels of government a chance
commented 2015-12-09 15:19:49 -0500
Ezra, get those carbon tax signs ready for us in Ontario. KW is lickin her chops at that “Revenue Tool”.
commented 2015-12-09 14:47:38 -0500
The carbon tax is the NDPST.They couldn’t bring in a pst so they called it a carbon tax. I’m guessing that albertans didn’t pay much attention to how much damage the NDP in BC,Sask, Man,Ont. and NS have done to those provinces. Too bad. It’s amazing what the defection of the wildrose to the PC’s did to this province. Danielle smith would probably be in power now if the group of 7 hadn’t defected.
commented 2015-12-09 14:36:59 -0500
PAUL BELANGER commented 24 mins ago
.I wonder what the Premier is doing tonight!
I imagine she’s canoodling with the other 382 Canadian spinners at the wrap up to the Paris Climate Change summit with all the other arrogant, entitled pickpockets enjoying champagne and caviar at our expense while quoting Marie Antoinette. “Let them eat cake”
commented 2015-12-09 14:34:44 -0500
December 9, 2015
Dear Diary;
It was a sweet move by Gerald, just before the election. He told me to warn Canadians to be on the lookout for dirty tricks getting pulled by Stevie’s conservatives. It worked like a charm. Everyone was so preoccupied watching those guys that no one saw what we were up to. Well, it almost hit the fan. That infuriating Brian Lilley at The Rebel spilled the beans by calling out my pals at Elections Canada over that hilarious little voting scam with the Assembly of First Nations. It was hardly anything really; I mean who cares about a paltry million dollars so long as it helped to dump Stevie? It would’ve been okay if it just ended there at that Rebel, but that son-of-a-bi . . (oops, be careful Justy. Lilley’s Mom is from the Gorbals. I’ve heard there are people there that would cut your throat if there was a cigarette in it for them) ended up being interviewed on radio by Andrew Lawton. That’s just what I needed. A tattle-tale on the damn radio.
Fortunately I think the lid will stay on this one. After all it’s day number fifty-something at the trial of the century, so that should keep the talking heads off my case for today. Anyway, these days I’m all about truth and reconciliation.
I’ve often dreamed about the ultimate selfie. Me, holding up a copy of Time Magazine with a picture of me on the cover, you know, as man of the year or something. I really thought I was a shoe-in for that this year, but would you believe it? The idiots gave that award to Angela Merkel for doing exactly what goodie-two-shoes Stevie did; “providing steadfast moral leadership in a world where it is in short supply”. What a load of baloney. After all the cash I’ve thrown everyone’s way, and all the great speeches that I inspired everyone with? Merkel ruins her country, flushes it down the toilet and wins the damn thing. Well, two can play at that game. Just watch me.
commented 2015-12-09 14:17:06 -0500
Need an assassination folks to stop the NDP in Alberta. Doesn’t have to be Notley, but that may be best way to send the message.
commented 2015-12-09 14:16:23 -0500
Donald Allan

It was the vote splitting that put the NDP in power, as 52% of those that voted, voted against the NDP. The CP should have withdrawn from the election when their polling showed that they were playing the role of spoiler.
commented 2015-12-09 14:08:24 -0500
Albertans voting NDP is tentamount to a celiac sufferer eating a dozen loaves of Wonder Bread. Good Grief ! What were you people thinking?
commented 2015-12-09 14:06:15 -0500
Wow…who’d thunk it.
I was so sure that all would be rosies and posies with Notely’s Accidental Administration (NAA) at the helm. You know, all that love and world peace with CO2 pollution all gone, and that just perfect (although undefined) climate in place forever. Like Camelot and such…..I wonder what the Premier is doing tonight!