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Notley says province won’t support federal carbon levy without pipeline
Published Monday, October 3, 2016 12:39PM MDT
Last Updated Monday, October 3, 2016 7:06PM MDT
Not long after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government wanted all of Canada’s provinces and territories to impose a carbon tax, Alberta’s premier hit back – saying Alberta needed a pipeline first.
On Monday, Trudeau said in a speech in the House Ottawa wanted all provinces and territories to introduce a $10 per tonne carbon tax by 2018.
If a province or territory doesn’t implement one on its own, the prime minister said the federal government would implement a price in that area.
“Because pollution crosses borders, all provinces must do their part,” Trudeau said.
Within hours, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley issued a statement in response.
She said the province supports the idea of a common price over provinces and territories: “That ensures that we are all making the same effort, and it ensures that no one is penalized economically.”
However, Notley said the province would not support the federal government’s plan.
“With regard to the federal government’s proposals today, Alberta will not be supporting its proposal absent serious concurrent progress on energy infrastructure, to ensure we have the economic means to fund these policies.
“It is time for the Government of Canada to act on this issue. Albertans have contributed very generously for many years to national initiatives designed to help other regions address economic challenges. What we are asking for now is that our landlock be broken, in one direction or another, so that we can get back on our feet.”
The Alberta Government has brought in a climate plan of its own, which includes a carbon tax starting in 2017, a plan to phase-out coal-fired power generation by 2030 and to reduce methane emissions by 45 percent by 2025.