Alberta small business owners worried about new carbon tax

The majority of businesses believe the NDP carbon tax will negatively affect them

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Western Investor
December 20, 2016





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Alberta small business owners say the NDP government’s carbon tax, expected to roll out next month, will negatively affect their businesses.

A survey conducted by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) indicates a majority of small business owners in Alberta are against the carbon tax. Of the 865 small-business owners who participated in the CFIB’s summer survey, 86 per cent said the carbon tax could increase operating costs and 85 per cent said it could reduce profitability. Sixty-six per cent said it could increase pressure to cut salaries and 59 per cent said it could delay business investments.

“There couldn’t be a worse time than right now to introduce this carbon tax,” said Amber Ruddy, Alberta director with CFIB. “We’re urging the government to make carbon pricing completely revenue- neutral. That means returning all of the funds back through tax reductions and rebates.”

Starting January 1, a carbon tax will be applied to fuels at a rate of $20 per tonne in. Provincial officials say it will cost the average Albertan $191 in 2017.

“It’s going to definitely put a lot of these oil companies out of work,” said Darrell Reuer, branch manager at Rebel Transport Ltd. in Airdrie.


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