Edmonton, AB (June 17, 2016): Dr. David Swann made this statement on today’s leaked financial report detailing possible economic effects of the government’s Climate Leadership Plan:
“For three months in the spring legislature session I asked the government repeatedly for the cost benefit analysis of the carbon tax. For three months we were told that all the information was in the budget, in the business plans and that the potential economic effects of the proposed carbon tax were negligible.
“Today, a leaked report from the government’s own financial advisors has indicated possible serious repercussions on an already ailing Alberta economy as a result of this proposed system.
“Even now, the government is disputing the accuracy of the report but have not produced updated figures. We are told, yet again, that all will be made clear in the next budget, the next business plans and in the coming years.
“‘Just trust us’ isn’t good enough. Albertans deserve to know the possible effects of a combination of the carbon tax, the accelerated coal phase-out and the high-cost electricity transmission build out.
“Albertans deserve the right to make informed decisions and they deserve the right to a transparent process.
“This is the reason I could not support the government’s carbon tax this spring and we will continue to fight for a more accountable, transparent process in the months and years ahead.”