In an act of civil disobedience, Alberta woman refuses to pay a carbon tax
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In an act of civil disobedience, Alberta woman refuses to pay a carbon tax

Last Updated Jan 3, 2019 at 6:31 pm MDT


She hopes Notley will suspend the tax until Trans Mountain is built

She says she won't pay the carbon tax until pipelines to tidewater are built

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – One woman in Alberta has had enough of the carbon tax, so she stopped paying it.

Sheila Griffith hopes this act of civil disobedience will spur some action.

She stopped paying the levy when she noticed she was billed separately for the tax when she refilled a propane tank.

“So much talk and not enough action,” said Griffith, “I just thought ‘what’s one thing I can do personally?’ so when my propane tank got filled in December I looked at the bill and saw that the carbon tax is separate and thought ‘I’m not going to pay that’.”

Griffith believes while there is no pipeline bringing Alberta oil to tidewater, there should be no carbon tax.

“I think everybody was ‘duped’ so to speak, even Premier Notley. Which is why I was surprised that she hasn’t suspended it.”

She hopes Notley and the rest of the Alberta Government take a note from her and stop the carbon tax while the province waits for the approval of Trans Mountain.

“I hope the tax gets suspended for the short-term until the pipeline gets built. I think money talks and that’s why I am doing what I am doing. If Notley did that on behalf of all Albertans, it might get Trudeau’s attention.”

The province responded with the following statement.

“Alberta needs action from the federal government. Our government has always said that taking the next step and signing on to the federal climate plan can’t happen without the Trans-Mountain pipeline, which is why when the project was halted Alberta pulled out of the plan. Right now Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario residents are all paying into that made-in-Ottawa plan that does not support critical infrastructure in their communities or invest in renewables.”

“Our province has a made-in-Alberta plan that works for our economy and our environment. The carbon levy does not apply to the use of marked gasoline and diesel by farmers for farming purposes. As part of our plan, we’ve provided nearly $90 million for the agriculture sector for solar panels, irrigation and other energy-efficiency programs that help farmers save money and energy. We’ve also invested $225 million for innovation projects across sectors that support research, commercialization and investment in our province.”

“Two thirds of Alberta households also receive a rebate and Alberta continues to be the lowest taxed jurisdiction in the country with an $11.2 billion tax advantage over the next closest province.”

With files from City News