Letter to the Premier

Council was carbon-copied on a letter from the Mayor of Whitecourt, AB to the Premier of Alberta regarding the Carbon Tax, and the indirect costs that will ultimately be downloaded to businesses and residents. Council deemed it prudent to support the intent of the letter by sending another to the premier under the Mayor's signature, and publish the letter for the residents of Cardston to see.

January 4, 2017

The Honourable Rachel Notley
Premier of Alberta
Office of the Premier
Room 307, Legislature Building
10800-97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta TSK 286

Dear Premier,

Re: Carbon Tax Program

On behalf of the Council of the Town of Cardston, our residents, industry and non-profit organizations, I would like to add my voice along side other municipal leaders, and express my concern regarding the impact the upcoming carbon tax will have on our community. 

The uncertainty surrounding this tax is concerning not only for the general operations of our municipality, but also the effect it will have on local industry, small businesses, and households. As a small Town in a large rural agricultural area, our citizens, and those in our surrounding area depend on transport in order to access many services. While we understand the government will be rolling out further information regarding the program, the indirect costs that will ultimately be downloaded to families and households is troubling. 

I ask that Government of Alberta consider the following points when finalizing the details of the carbon tax program to ensure that this tax does not become a financial burden to municipalities, and ultimately downloaded to both businesses and residents.

1. Commence extensive consultation and engagement with local government, businesses, and the general public on how to disperse funds realized through the carbon tax program.

2. Ensure that the program remains revenue-neutral for municipalities and non-profit agencies similar to the model the Province of British Columbia has adopted. 

I appreciate you taking the time to consider the above suggestions, and look forward to hearing how the
Government of Alberta will proceed.

Mayor Maggie Kronen

cc: The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks
Mr. Grant hunter, MLA for Cardston – Taber – Warner