Even though MLAs won’t pass repeal legislation in the province’s legislature until Monday the Alberta carbon tax ended on Thursday.
Now the fuel sellers will no longer be able to collect the tax, though the bill hasn’t yet passed. But the government has already started making the changes.
In an hour long speech Premier Jason Kenney said “Today we will liberate Albertans from that tax with the adoption of this bill, our central election commitment.”
The end of the provincial carbon tax has sets the stage for Ottawa to impose its own tax. The press secretary for federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna stated that the government will move as quickly as possible in order to minimize a gap in coverage.
The Carbon Tax Repeal Act was the first piece of legislation introduced by Kenney and his newly elected United Conservative government.