Brian Jean to visit Lloyd

By Geoff Lee

October 18, 2016 8:29 AM

Wildrose leader Brian Jean will be in Lloydminster next week to rally support against the provincial NDP carbon tax plans.
Jean will be at the Royal Hotel on Oct. 25 to engage media and local voters on his party’s platform headed by a call for a referendum on the carbon tax.
In a conference call Monday from Edmonton, Jean said people across Alberta have been giving him an earful about the proposed tax.
“They are very worried about the carbon tax and the accelerated shutdown of coal, recognizing of course, these things will hurt hard working Albertans,” he said.
“We’re going to campaign on getting rid of the carbon tax as soon as possible if we get the privilege of being elected and fighting the federal government plan to impose a carbon tax on Albertans.”
Jean said it’s jobs and the economy that people are worried about, especially with 100,000 job losses in Alberta over the last 14 months.
He said the $3 billion carbon tax plan will cost the average homeowner about $1,000 more per year,  including an increase of about $300 for gasoline.
Jean qualifies his support for the NDP’s new energy diversification plan that’s focused on value added investment in refining and petrochemicals.
He said the details are what’s going to be important, but he doesn’t think the NDP government should try to pick winners and losers.
Jean also spoke about how Wildrose would deal with Border City issues of working with two provincial governments for funding and services, knowing this is an issue in the municipal election on Oct 26.
“We need to work work together with our provincial and municipal partners at all levels to make sure we have the proper services and infrastructure going forward,” said Jean.

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