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MAY 17: TransMountain delays aren’t just hurting Alberta

Did you know that for every day the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Project is delayed, the Canadian economy loses $80 million dollars in revenue? That’s over $29 billion dollars a year. In fact, in the two minutes it takes to read this article, we’ll have lost over $110,000. Since January 1st, the delays have cost our economy over $19 billion dollars in revenue. That’s $19 billion dollars that could go towards new roads and schools, social programs, and employment benefits.

Instead of a private sector company building a brand-new pipeline with private money, Trudeau single-handedly bungled the Trans Mountain project and put $4.5 billion of your dollars nationalize it –  only to slow it to a complete halt not long after. Just to be clear; we’re not getting a new pipeline for that money, we’re getting the same old one that has existed since the 1950’s. That’s $4.5 billion dollars of your money directly thrown away, given to a private company that turned around and used your money to build pipelines in the US.

At the same time, the Liberal government has given $250 dollars to the China-led Asian Investment Bank – to build pipelines in China. Your tax dollars are being used by the Trudeau Liberals to build pipelines in China and the US.

Each year Alberta contributes over fifteen percent of the national GDP, equaling to over $331 billion dollars to Canada’s national economy. The oil sands alone have injected almost $13 billion dollars into the economy in 2017.

Unfortunately, we are faced with a Liberal government run by ideologues that do not support our energy industry and the jobs and prosperity it brings. They actively work against our province and ruin major energy projects. Since winning in 2015, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government have displayed their traditional interest in fighting against Alberta and our energy industry by allying themselves with foreign-funded anti-oil radicals. They killed the Northern Gateway pipeline which would have brought our oil to a deep-water port for export, and killed Energy East, which would have brought our oil to eastern Canada, thus displacing oil imports from some of the world’s worst human rights abusing regimes. They have introduced the discriminatory anti-Alberta Bill C-48 and the job killing no-new-pipeline Bill C-69 and of course the carbon tax.

The way they have treated Alberta is discouraging, but we won’t give up. My Opposition colleagues and I will continue fighting to hold the Liberal government to account for the lack of support for Albertans every step of the way. If, like us, you’re fed up with this government’s double speak, you can add your voice to the tens of thousands of Canadians who want the Trans-Mountain pipeline built. My colleague Shannon Stubbs has launched a petition calling on the government to take immediate action and I encourage you to sign it here: https://www.shannonstubbs.ca/buildtmx. Help us get this project done.

MAY 9: Tax breaks for who?

Remember just a few weeks back when the Trudeau Liberals stunned Canadians by giving $12 million dollars to the super-wealthy owners of Loblaws and Superstore to buy new fridges?  Well, they’re at it again.

In another example of how stunningly out-of-touch the Ottawa Liberals are, Budget 2019 has saddled Canadians with a cost-hiking carbon tax all the while giving subsidies to the wealthy to buy electric vehicles – that are made in the US. Yes, taxpayer dollars to subsidize the well-off and create jobs in the US.

Currently, the average cost of the most popular electric vehicles in Canada (the Chevy Bolt and the Nissan Leaf) is around $42,000 and up for a basic model. Add on tax and you’re at around $45,000. The Liberals are proposing to give a $5,000 subsidy – leaving a net $40,000 purchase (or about a $900 a month car loan). Tesla has announced it will offer a barebones Tesla as well priced at $44,995 to ensure their purchasers can access your tax dollars as well. Oh, in case you weren’t aware, Elon Musk – owner of Tesla, is worth over $25 Billion. So the Trudeau Liberals are using your tax dollars to create jobs in the US in support of the 80th richest person in the world. 

The issue isn’t about the value comparison for buying electric or sticking with the status quo – or whether having a few more EV’s on the road will help the environment.

The issue is the average Canadian simply doesn’t have $40,000 laying around to upgrade their family vehicle. Nor are they able to re-mortgage their house to buy an electric vehicle as the BC Green Party leaders suggests. The government’s taxpayers’ funded gift for the well off for electric vehicles doesn’t benefit the average Canadian. It helps the wealthy. And with the launch of the Ottawa Liberals’ carbon tax, it’s becoming even harder for middle-class taxpayers to make ends meet.

The Liberals claim their carbon tax will put more money in the pockets of Canadian taxpayers – and that it will be revenue neutral. They conveniently forgot to mention they’ll pocket the GST that they’re applying on the carbon tax. They also don’t mention the fact that companies will simply pass on the carbon tax to consumers –  making everything from food to clothing more expensive. Nor do they mention the carbon tax will make everything we produce less competitive and cost us jobs.

This is yet another way that the Liberals have misled Canadians. As I’ve said, again and again, if their reliance on policy mechanisms like electric vehicle subsidies and carbon taxes were really an environmental plan, they would include the biggest emitters to share the biggest burden. They haven’t done that. Rather, they’ve opted to increase the cost of living for people across the country, hiked the cost of food, and hiked the cost of energy and gas bills. Real action needs real change, and we have yet to see real change.

APRIL 30: Just like we warned, your taxes are going up

Let’s talk about taxes. We’ve seen record spending from a government that has absolutely no plan to pay down the deficit. The Official Opposition has said repeatedly that today’s deficits are tomorrow’s tax hikes. What’s concerning is this is exactly what’s happening. The Liberals are raising taxes across the board, making it harder and harder for Canadians to make ends meet.

The independent, non-partisan, Fraser Institute writes that more than 90% of Canadian families will pay higher taxes once the Liberals’ taxes are fully implemented. Hikes to CPP deductions will not benefit retired Canadians for decades – but you’ll pay a lot more now, and in years to come. Remember when we discovered the Liberals were planning on taxing benefits like staff meals and employee discounts? The CRA’s own website shows that the Liberals’ plan to tax employee discounts is ‘currently under review’.  Hardworking, low-income, wage-earning retail workers should not have to pay tax on the small employee discounts they receive. We also have the Parliamentary Budget Officer who has found that Trudeau’s plan to tax employer-provided health benefits will cost Canadians $2.8 billion in higher personal income tax. 

Finally we have the Carbon Tax, a tax that not only doesn’t reduce emissions but raises the price of everything for consumers. This is especially concerning for people like seniors who are on a fixed income, increasing the cost of gas, home heating, food, and everyday essentials. Let me be clear; this Carbon Tax is not an environmental plan. If it were, Justin Trudeau wouldn’t have negotiated massive exemptions for Canada’s largest emitters. They will be able to pollute for free while families and small business owners get hit with the full force of the tax.

A Conservative government will scrap the Liberal Carbon Tax, end the review to tax employee discounts and benefits, introduce tax credits like the Tax-Free Home Heating Plan, and help Canadians get ahead.