Alberta Minute: Budget Day, Gun Bans, and Progressive Groups Pushing Sales Taxes

Alberta Minute: Budget Day, Gun Bans, and Progressive Groups Pushing Sales Taxes

Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.


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This Week In Alberta:


Last Week In Alberta:

  • The Business Council of Alberta, representing a "progressive" group of businesses laid out their plan to balance the Alberta budget which included some spending cuts but also included major tax hikes on already struggling Albertans, including a $50/ton carbon tax and an 8% sales tax. This perhaps isn't too surprising given these are both taxes that could easily be passed on by businesses to consumers (ie you!)

  • The Canadian Taxpayers Federation also took issue with the BCA's proposal, noting that the business group didn't recommend cutting any of the corporate welfare that their supporters benefit from. We also pointed out that, despite low oil prices, a recession, and a pandemic, all Alberta would have to do to balance our budget is spend the same per-capita as Ontario.

  • Finally, after the federal government announced their plans to allow municipal governments to ban guns, the Province said that they will speed up the introduction of a Bill that was originally a Private Members Bill by Michaela Glasgo, MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat, that would nullify the federal law in Alberta.






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  • Dawnelle Dame
    commented 2021-02-23 00:10:34 -0700
    The Alberta Court of Appeal – by a majority of four to one justices – has found that the federal carbon tax legislation (the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the Act)) is unconstitutional: Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. The Court determined that the Act is ultra vires the federal government, and that the federal “Peace Order and Good Government” (POGG) power of section 91 of The Constitution Act, 1867 does not give Parliament the power to legislate in relation to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    While the Alberta Court of Appeal is the third appeal court to consider the constitutionality of the Act, it is the first to conclude that the Act is unconstitutional. Whether its imposed at the Federal Level or Provincial Level.
  • Alberta Institute
    published this page in News 2021-02-22 00:07:55 -0700