Alberta ‘fully’ pauses provincial fuel tax in response to soaring inflation
‘Our government is supporting Albertans struggling with affordability.’
(LifeSiteNews) — The province of Alberta has become the first in Canada to “fully” suspended its provincial fuel tax, a move which the United Conservative Party (UCP) government says will help families deal with the current red-hot inflation crisis.
The suspension of the fuel tax will stay in place until at least June of this year, at which time the program will be reviewed.
Smith first announced the coming measure last month, but the policy did not formally take effect until January 1, 2023.
Alberta’s Minister of Service and Red Tape Reduction Dale Nally said that if gas stations are found to not be passing on the savings to consumers, they could face fines of up to $300,000 or even jail time.
High fuel costs in Canada have added much inflationary pressure to the average Canadian’s pocketbook, with many families reporting that they are struggling just to pay for the basics of shelter, food, and heat.
While some provincial governments such as Alberta have quickly recognized that higher fuel costs through taxes are an unnecessary burden for the consumer, the federal government has continued to go the other way.
In fact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is poised yet again to raise the rate of its so-called “carbon tax” later this year, which right now is applied to gasoline, natural gas and diesel fuel and already costs Canadians nearly 12 extra cents per liter of gasoline.