Just the (alternative?!) facts, ma'am: Why there's so much carbon tax confusion - Business - CBC News
Only a few days after the levy was introduced, a story made the rounds about a recreation centre in Calgary that expected the new tax to increase its annual natural gas bill of $60,000 by a third. On the electricity side of its bill,
the facility was bracing for costs to jump 20 per cent or more than $70,000.
Alarm bells over the sudden spike likely went off for anyone who read the story, and quite rightly so. But a closer look shows the carbon levy applies only to the natural gas used by the facility and not the other fixed charges that make up the entire bill, the upshot being that costs won't go up by nearly as much as suggested. As for electricity,
while costs may rise, it won't be because of the carbon tax. Major power producers, which do pay for carbon emissions, are still under legacy rules that didn't change when the new tax was adopted on Jan. 1.
Despite the correction, the confusion was compounded when former federal cabinet minister and current Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Jason Kenney sent the story to more than 90,000 followers with the tweet: "Disgusting: the NDP's
carbon tax has massively increased the cost of cremation for grieving families. No compassion."
On that score, at a recent rally Kenney also told supporters: "One school district, Elk Island, told me it's going to cost them $800,000 more to run their buses this year."
According to school board spokesperson Trina Boymook, the carbon tax is currently expected to increase next school year's busing costs by $80,000.