Alberta Minute: Christmas Messages, Methane Emissions, and Taxpayer Respect
Alberta Minute - Your weekly one-minute summary of Alberta politics.
This Week In Alberta:
- The Legislature is, of course, not sitting this week, and there are no committee meetings either, due to the holidays. As for next year, the 2020 Session calendar hasn't yet been released. The Government House Leader has until January 15th to do so but, unless the calendar indicates otherwise, the spring sitting will commence on February 11th, 2020.
- There are a large number of New Years events happening around the province - here are some in Calgary and in Edmonton.
- Albertans will be paying two new carbon taxes from January 1st - the new provincial carbon tax, called "TIERS" that the UCP created after repealing the NDP carbon tax, and the federal carbon tax that will now be imposed on Alberta. CBC, of course, don't just think this is a good thing overall, they think it's a good thing financially!
Last Week In Alberta:
- Premier Kenney released a Christmas video statement, which you can view here. For those who prefer, the Queen's Christmas Message can be found here.
The provincial government have convinced the federal government to recognize Alberta's reporting system for methane emissions, which will mean less paperwork for oil and gas firms. However, they have not, at least yet, convinced the federal government accepted Alberta's standards as equivalent to the federal standards, so businesses will still be required to meet both standards.
- Edmonton Mayor took a shot at the provincial government, saying that there needs to be respect between the city and the province in 2020. How about some respect between the City and the taxpayers who pay for everything? That would apply equally well in Calgary too!