Leaving the carbon tax in place shatters her credibility when it comes to ‘opposing’ Trudeau.
Following the awful court decision blocking the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Rachel Notley has attempted to transform her political image from a supporter of the Trudeau government to an opponent of it.
In a desperate bid to stop her party from being totally decimated in the next campaign, Notley has taken Alberta out of the Trudeau-McKenna climate plan, leaving the federal plan in ruins.
However, Notley still lacks credibility on the issue, and not just because she brought anti-oil radical activists into the government.
It’s because she’s keeping the hated carbon tax in place.
While she says the tax won’t rise to the level Trudeau wants to force it, it’s still a terrible move to keep it in place at all.
First of all, Notley has basically admitted that any ‘rationale’ for the tax has been wiped out. She’s realized that Justin Trudeau can’t deliver on pipelines, meaning the ‘carbon tax for pipelines’ trade-off has failed.
And second, the carbon tax is devastating to Alberta and the energy industry. It drives away investment, and makes other energy producing regions of the world seem far more attractive for future growth.
By leaving the carbon tax in place, Notley is trying to have it both ways by looking like she’s opposing Trudeau while leaving his failed ideological policies in place.
It won’t work.
If Notley truly wanted to stand up for Alberta, she would have scrapped the carbon tax entirely. Anything less is a failure.