Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildrose's Jean Laments Dystopian Alberta under Notley, Denounces Carbon Tax

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Wildrose's Jean Laments Dystopian Alberta under Notley, Denounces Carbon Tax

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Jean says NDP waging war on Alberta business

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RED DEER, Alta. - Wildrose Leader Brian Jean, in a rousing speech Friday to party members, lamented an Alberta he says has been driven to dysfunction and dystopia by Premier Rachel Notley's NDP government.

And he implored party members to drive a symbolic stake through the heart of the NDP's carbon tax.

"There is nothing compassionate about a cold, removed, and centralized government more interested in paperwork than taking care of the needs of our neighbours, our friends, (and) our family," Jean told more than 600 supporters on the opening night of the party's annual general meeting.

"They've waged a war on business, taxed companies out of existence, and sent jobs out of province and out of country," he said.

"When we look across the province and our communities we see crime skyrocketing and poverty increasing. We see a growing number of young people being trafficked into (the) sex trade against their will.

"We see dangerous drugs like fentanyl and other opioids killing Albertans and ripping families apart.

"And we continue to see the rights of criminals put above the rights of victims. We don't have to put up with this!"

On Saturday, party members will vote on several resolutions, including a promise to repeal the carbon tax should the Wildrose gain power.

Jean, who has already denounced the levy, urged members to do just that.

"Some in their ivory towers would tell you that a carbon tax is good economic policy," he said.

"It is disastrous. For Albertans looking for hope and looking for a break from a government focused on making life worse for families around their kitchen table, let's mark this weekend as the start to ripping up the carbon tax."

Notley's government has promised to introduce legislation this fall to further an ambitious climate change plan that promises to radically refashion the energy-infused foundation of Alberta's economy. …

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