Alberta Premier Jason Kenney cancelled Alberta’s price on pollution. He wants to make pollution free again, while also taking away cash rebates. Our Liberal government is stepping in, implementing much larger cash rebates for every Albertan starting in 2020 – with all the money staying inside Alberta.
Climate change is real, and we need take action. Any credible climate plan includes a price on pollution. Economists, Nobel Laureates, major oil companies like Shell and Cenovus, and even former Conservative leaders agree.
By combining pollution pricing with rebates, our Liberal plan reduces pollution while also saving money for middle-class Canadians.
Pollution pricing is applied to the energy you use, like gasoline and heating. The less you use, the less you pay, which provides the incentive to choose more energy efficient options.
To make the plan affordable, every Albertan will receive a rebate. In fact, 8 out of 10 people will get back more in rebates than they pay, as confirmed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer.
Every Albertan will receive a rebate every year, starting when you file your taxes in April 2020. The rebate puts cash in your pocket, and the amount is based only on the number of people in your household.
The rebates are given every year when you file your taxes. You will receive the first rebate when you file your 2019 taxes (i.e. in April 2020). The first rebate covers the period from January 1, 2020 through to March 31, 2021.
Pollution pricing will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
Worldwide, 46 national and 24 sub-national jurisdictions are already putting a price on pollution. And this year, an unprecedented 3,500 economists from across the political spectrum came out to say the USA should do the same.
From floods to wildfires, we are all too aware of the dangerous effects of climate change, and the need to take action for a cleaner environment.
I think that’s why a new poll shows most Canadians agree with putting a price on pollution – including a majority of self-identified conservatives in Alberta.
Pollution pricing and rebates are one part. We’re also:
Graphics by Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
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