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Border City Calls For Carbon Tax Pause





Welcome to Municipal Affairs, I’m Your Host Christopher Brown


In this episode, we turn our attention to the recent call from the City of Lloydminster, straddling the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, regarding the impending increase to the federal carbon tax.


In a bold move, Lloydminster City Council has urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government to halt any further escalation of the carbon tax. Scheduled to take effect on April 1, 2024, the proposed increase would see the price of carbon rise from $65 to $80 per tonne, with a subsequent yearly increment until 2030, reaching a $170 per tonne that year.


Mayor Gerald Aalbers, spearheading this initiative, emphasizes the critical need for municipalities to have adequate time to evaluate the impact of such increases on local service provision. With municipalities at the forefront of service delivery, the implications of rising carbon taxes extend far beyond environmental concerns, affecting essential services that communities rely on daily.


To shed light on this pressing issue, we are privileged to have Mayor Gerald Aalbers of Lloydminster join us as our guest.


The Mayor will provide insights into the rationale behind Lloydminster's call for a pause on the carbon tax escalation and the potential implications for municipalities grappling with these fiscal challenges.


As a bit of background, as we have listeners and viewers from around the globe, the carbon tax, initially implemented by the Liberal Government at $20 per tonne in 2019, has gradually increased and now encompasses several provinces and territories, including Alberta and Saskatchewan.


The Provinces of BC, Quebec, and the North West Territories have their price on Carbon, so the federal increase to the Carbon Tax will not affect those provinces and jurisdictions.


Join us as we delve into how the April 1st increase will impact municipalities, by gaining valuable perspectives from Mayor Gerald Aalbers.


This is Municipal Affairs.


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