Alberta’s NDP MLAs sure talk a good game about the environment. They talk the talk, but they aren’t walking the walk.
The government is slapping a multi-million dollar carbon tax on Albertan families and businesses, further taxing people for driving their kids to school and heating their homes in the winter.
Don’t like it? Change your lifestyle, they say. Drive less, or drive a smaller car.
Meanwhile, Alberta taxpayers forked over $2.8 million to purchase vehicles for Alberta government bureaucrats and ministers. Some were luxury vehicles. Most were SUVs and pick-up trucks. Gas-guzzlers.
Taxpayers also pay for the gas, which will soon cost more thanks to the carbon tax.
Why are government officials – so focused on reducing carbon emissions – driving around in pick-up trucks and SUVs? Surely a more fuel-efficient fleet would be more appropriate?
“As someone who spends six hours a week on the QE2, and does that in treacherous road conditions, I need to have a vehicle that is appropriate for the driving conditions,” said Service Alberta Minister Stephanie McLean. “Any minister and deputy minister needs to have a vehicle that is safe and can contend with the treacherous road conditions that we have in the winter.”
Funny. Staying safe on sometimes-treacherous roads is exactly why other Albertans drive trucks and SUVs, too.