PM Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax plan is expected to get massive pushback as the United Conservative won Alberta’s provincial election on the campaign promise being to scrap the carbon tax and usher in a new era of fiscal conservatism.
UC leader Jason Kenney, 50, was first elected to the Alberta legislature when he won a byelection in Calgary-Lougheed in December. He retained his seat on Tuesday night.
“What a great day for the province of Alberta,” Kenney said to a lively crowd.
“Today, our great province has sent a message to Canada and the world: Alberta is open for business.”
Kenney said his party’s victory is a message from struggling and unemployed Albertans and small business owners facing financial difficulties.
“Help is on the way and hope is on the horizon.”
Kenney said his government will be “obsessed with getting this province back to work.”
He said the UCP will take Alberta from “being the slowest-moving and most overregulated economy in Canada, to being one of the freest and fastest-moving economies in the world.”
Kenney went on to deliver a scathing message to the environmental groups and others he says are impeding Alberta’s oil industry.
Kenney criticized environmental groups such as the David Suzuki Foundation for helping limit potential customers for Alberta oil and gas.
Kenney who is a fierce critic of PM Justin Trudeau wasted no time in taking aim in his direction on his maiden victory speech.
“In Ottawa, we have a federal government that has made this bad situation… much worse, killing two pipelines, including Energy East,” he said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement in the immediate aftermath of the election, congratulating Kenney.
“Albertans have chosen to elect a majority government led by the United Conservative Party,” it read. “I look forward to working with the provincial government to create good, middle class jobs, build infrastructure, and grow the businesses and industries at the heart of Alberta’s prosperity so the province can remain competitive in our changing economy.”
“Together, we will address issues of importance to Albertans and all Canadians, including supporting canola producers, and taking decisive action on climate change while getting our natural resources to market.” -CINEWS