June 4, 2019 5:42 pm
Updated: June 4, 2019 8:41 pm

Alberta makes it official: Bill passed and proclaimed to kill carbon tax

WATCH ABOVE: Alberta's carbon tax became officially dead on Tuesday, the same day that federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer arrived in Edmonton and spoke about the policy. Kendra Slugoski reports.

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Alberta’s consumer carbon tax is now officially gone.

Members of the legislature voted Monday night to pass the bill that repeals the tax, and it was signed into law by Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell.

The province stopped charging the tax last week, and the federal government announced it will soon replace the fee with its own carbon levy.

READ MORE: Carbon tax can help deal with extreme weather, Alberta fires: Trudeau

The provincial carbon tax was implemented by the former NDP government, adding a surcharge to gasoline at the pumps and on fossil-fuelled home heating.

United Conservative Premier Jason Kenney won the April election on a promise to kill it, saying the tax hasn’t helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions and took money out of the pockets of working families.

WATCH BELOW: Kenney thanks Scheer for commitment to scrap the federal carbon tax

Kenney’s government will continue with a tax on large industrial greenhouse gas emitters, and has promised to challenge the constitutionality of the federal carbon tax in court if Ottawa imposes it.

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