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Making things worse: NDP carbon tax will hurt charities

Premier Rachel Notley must come clean with Albertans about the full cost of the NDP carbon tax on charities and non-profits after Budget 2016 listed zero exemptions or rebates for Alberta’s charitable sector, the Wildrose Official Opposition said today.

The carbon tax will come with a price tag of at least $1,000 for the typical Alberta family at a time when many are struggling. Charities are also already facing the double whammy of dealing with less donations and higher demand because of the shrinking economy under the NDP government.

“In order to take care of our most vulnerable, charitable groups and non-profits need fuel, power, heat and other goods that will soon be more expensive,” Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said. “This NDP carbon tax will make things worse for those already working harder to take care of the victims of the current economic downturn. Premier Notley should be honest with Albertans about what the full price tag on charities will be from this carbon tax.”

Food bank use is up as high as 60 per cent, with a spike in demand for other critical services like shelter and housing.

Jean said charities can’t just stop using fuels and continue to provide services for those in need.

“Alberta charities are the ones who are dealing first hand with the economic crisis this province is facing. Charities can’t just stop heating shelters during the winter, or trade in their vehicles,” Jean said. “The fact is, this carbon tax will just make life more difficult for these charities who are already struggling to help all the Albertans who need them.”