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.


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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