Alberta Minute: Government Overreach, Oil Tariffs, and a 50% Carbon Tax Hike

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This Week In Alberta:


Last Week In Alberta:

  • The federal government announced an outrageous plan to give themselves unilateral power to make changes to government spending, to raise taxes, and to implement all sorts of measures *without Parliamentary approval* until 2022!. In the end, after significant pushback from a number of sources (including ourselves) they removed the clause that permitted unlimited spending, and shortened the time it will apply for from 18 months to about 6 months, but the bill that ultimately passed is still very concerning.

  • The provincial government introduced further restrictions in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19. Public gatherings in Alberta are now being restricted to 15 people or fewer and a wide range of non-essential businesses — from clothing stores to hair salons — have been forced to close. Businesses might be able to survive a few weeks of this, but not months.

  • Premier Kenney floated a new idea to attempt to combat low oil prices - a North America only oil market, which would include tariffs on foreign oil imported into North America. It remains to be seen whether the US would be interested in such a plan, and the federal government in Ottawa has remained almost completely silent on the damage being done to Alberta's oil and gas industry.




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    published this page in News 2020-03-29 22:10:45 -0600