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MP Barlow wants federal carbon tax gone

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A southern Alberta Member of Parliament isn’t very happy the Trudeau government plans to implement a federal carbon tax in this province starting January 1st, 2020.

Foothills MP John Barlow says if there’s a change in federal government this October, Albertans won’t have to worry about another carbon tax…..period.

“Absolutely”, says Barlow. “It would be our first piece of legislation with a Conservative government lead by Andrew Scheer to repeal the Liberal carbon tax. We do not believe you can tax your way to a clean environment. It seems like the Liberals like to measure their success by how much tax dollars they spend.”

The new UCP government scrapped the provincial carbon tax in May and now the Liberals say they’ll be replacing that with one of their own. “I think the climate plan unveiled last week by Andrew Scheer is a game-changer. It shows we can meet and exceed our targets, without having a carbon tax.”

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Barlow says gas prices in Alberta have dropped dramatically since Alberta Premier Jason Kenney got rid of the NDP carbon tax, making life a little better for Albertans and for Justin Trudeau to come a put another tax on “is a sad state of affairs.”

Barlow notes information from Stats Canada shows farm net incomes for Alberta are down 68% and a lot of that can be attributed to the now-scrapped provincial carbon tax.


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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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