By Letter to the Editor on March 17, 2017.
The story which appears under the headline “Free energy efficient products” states that various energy-efficient items can be installed with “savings” to the citizen and that “All of the upgrades are at no charge to you as they will be available through the program.”
The use of the word “free” in the headline must involve some new, alternative definition of “free.”
The money for this program comes from the recently imposed carbon tax that all Albertans must pay. This tax will cost Albertans hundreds of millions of dollars and will be increased next year. It is my understanding that this tax is presently $20 a tonne of emissions and will increase to $30 next year.
When Albertans fill their cars, they now pay an additional four-and-a-half cents per litre at the pumps and that will go up to six-and-a-half next year. Then there is the upward effect on everyone’s heating bills, etc.
Having scooped all this money from Albertans, the government gives a small amount back for certain “programs” and then has the audacity to claim that the citizen is benefitting from “savings” and getting things for “no charge”?
Sure. And pigs can fly.
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