Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is breaking yet another promise.
Notley has announced that she will be increasing Alberta’s land title and mortgage registration fees from $50 to $75 per transaction.
These fees are variable based on the price of your home. Some fees will see a 600% increase.
The Calgary Herald broke the numbers down. On an average $400,000 home in Calgary, the land title and mortgage registrations combined cost a total of $290 today. In the upcoming NDP budget, the same fees will cost $1,230 combined. That’s nearly a six fold increase.
But Rachel Notley campaigned on doing just the opposite. This is from the NDP party campaign platform from less than a year ago, released on April 20 2015:
* The NDP will cancel Jim Prentice’s plan to increase Alberta’s variable taxes for mortgages and land titles by 600 percent, and reverse increases to fixed fees.
* At a time when families are worried about their jobs and paying their mortgage, the government should not be forcing families to pay more to buy a new home.
Rachel Notley campaigned on change. But a year later, she’s doing the exact same thing Prentice did. She’s punishing the bourgeoisie for having earned enough to buy themselves a little piece of Alberta.
This is another promise in the garbage fire with so many of Notley’s other promises like job creation, a balanced budget and getting a pipeline built by carbon taxing us to death.