The Conservative Environment Plan
Coast to Coast Energy Corridor
Energy Independence by 2030
Repeal Bills C-48 (anti-tanker) and C-69 (anti-pipeline)
Replace the carbon tax with a fair and effective environmental plan
Review the home buyers’ stress test
Remove tax on EI parental benefits
Remove GST on home heating
Save interest payments by reducing debt
Spending Conservatives will cut
Cost of Living Anxiety
The policies outlined in this plan will further lower Canada’s emissions and strengthen environmental protection without taking money out of Canadians’ pockets. Our plan does not have a carbon tax.
A Real Plan to Protect Our Environment is built on three guiding principles:
Green Technology, Not Taxes
A Cleaner and Greener Natural Environment
Taking the Climate Change Fight Global
This is a detailed plan with 65 commitments. Download the plan here: https://arealplan.ca/
A Conservative government would start to build a dedicated, coast-to-coast right-of-way specifically set aside for energy infrastructure projects like pipelines or electricity corridors.
Rather than have industry submit complicated route proposals for every new transmission line and pipeline project, we could have a single corridor – planned up front and in full consultation with the provinces and with Indigenous Canadians who would share in the prosperity that it would provide.
With a single corridor, we could minimize environmental impacts, lower the costs of environmental assessments, increase certainty for investors, and, most importantly, get these critical projects built.
Even the most conservative estimates don’t have global demand for oil and gas peaking until 2030, with OPEC projecting demand to skyrocket past 2040. So we have a choice to make.
Justin Trudeau has made his. He would rather countries like Iran, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia meet that demand and, in doing so, boost regimes that abuse human rights and take virtually no steps to protect the environment. And he would rather the United States fill the void in the North American market, ceding investment and jobs that should be ours to our biggest economic competitor.
Conservatives would make a different choice.
The world is no better off when dangerous regimes are able to ramp up their economies because Canada has vacated the market.
And Canada is no better off when it allows its competitors to take the field uncontested.
The fact is Canada has more than enough oil – not only to displace imports from the aforementioned rogue states – but to put an end to all foreign imports once and for all.
An energy independent Canada would be a Canada firing on all cylinders – across all sectors and regions.
Bill C-48 (tanker moratorium on BC’s northern coast) is specifically targeted to Alberta oil. It does not apply to oil tankers plying the St. Lawrence seaway or Atlantic coasts (some of which contain oil from environmentally reckless countries). It does not apply to US oil tankers going down the BC coast from Alaska to Washington. It does not apply to products other than Alberta oil, such as British Columbia LNG. It is only about Alberta's core product. One province. One product. Conservatives will repeal this bill if it is passed.
The new Impact Assessment Agency created by Bill C-69, and the minister responsible, will have much more discretion, including a veto before assessments commence. The legislation has broad terms and loose definitions imposing few limits on the minister’s discretion. The bill adds considerably to the uncertainties associated with future major projects, and ups the risks, and ultimately the costs.
We have a regulatory system in Canada that is already too complex – as demonstrated by the contradictions and confusion among government, regulators and the courts. As your Member of Parliament, I will strongly advocate for a simpler and more credible system that works for Canada’s economic benefit and respects the rights of all Canadians; one that enables greater certainty with clear timelines, and without the loopholes that threaten to make the hearings and decision-process go on forever.
We must strike the right balance between the development of Canadian resources and preserving Canada’s environment. This government has failed to meet that simple goal.
The fact is, Canada’s carbon tax is not going to significantly reduce emissions. It is a tax plan, not an environmental plan. In fact, the Parliamentary Budget Officer says that in order to meet Canada’s Paris Accord commitments (30% below 2005 levels by 2030), the carbon tax would have to rise five fold. That would be an extra 23 cents on every litre of gasoline - about $1000 per year for an average family.
The Liberals also put the biggest burden on families and small businesses, which will pay 92% of the carbon tax, versus 8% for the big emitters.
And yet, Canada is getting further and further away from our Paris targets. In 2016, Canada was 44 megatons (MT) of CO2 over our Paris target. In 2017 that rose to 66 MT. Last year, we were 103 MT over.
Conservatives will replace the unfair and ineffective carbon tax with an environment plan that reduces emissions by focusing on big emitters, new technology investments, and on alternative energy projects with global scale. Climate change is a global issue, and Canada must play its part both at home and by supporting countries with very large emissions.
Conservatives are committed to reviewing the “stress test” on home buyers introduced in 2018. The rules require uninsured-mortgage applicants to qualify at a rate 200 basis points higher than what their federally regulated lender is offering.
Existing borrowers looking to change lenders must pass the test again, even if they passed it with their first lender. Conservatives would remove that provision because it gives the existing lender too much leverage over the borrower, and makes it hard for borrowers to shop around for better rates.
Conservatives would also consider bringing back 30-year amortizations, and would review red tape that hikes the cost of building homes, in order to encourage more new housing units in the market, and thus lower the cost.
When parents go on EI parental or maternity leave, they sacrifice up to 45 per cent of their salary. They then have to pay tax on the benefits they receive. With tax being withheld from every cheque, it means that families with a parent on leave see their take-home benefits cut down and many get hit with an extra tax bill afterwards when they file their income taxes.
Conservatives would introduce a non-refundable tax credit which would average $4,000 for a parent earning $50,000.
It makes no sense to support new parents with one hand, and tax away the benefits with the other hand.
The Conservatives are committed to replacing the carbon tax. In addition, we will remove the GST that is applied to home heating fuel. The savings would be in the range of $118 per year per Alberta family, would be capped at $200, and would not apply to commercial heating or investment properties.
"Heating your home in winter isn't a luxury for Canadians. It is a necessity," said Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. "We don't tax other basic necessities like groceries, medical supplies and prescription drugs, and we shouldn't be taxing home heating."
We all understand how debt payments with interest can eat up a big part of your monthly budget. It is no different with government. When governments spend beyond our means, and pile up debt, the government has to pay interest on that debt.
In fact, by the end of 2019, the Trudeau Liberals will have added $71 billion to the national debt. The share for each Canadian family of that colossal $705 billion millstone is more than $50,000 a piece. Put another way, each Canadian family is responsible for about $7,000 per year in interest payments on government debt. What would you do with $7,000?!
The cost of servicing that debt will rise 40% to $34 billion in just a few years, almost the same as the federal government spends on health care.
That’s actually a $34 billion spending cut - money the government does not have available to spend on health care, family supports, tax relief or other priorities. It also means future tax increases, for us and for our children, to pay for stuff we bought today but couldn’t afford.
A Conservative government will tell the difference between “need” and “want”; and will make choices. Just like families do.
Liberals will tell you the only place to cut is in front line services. But it isn’t true. It is meant to scare you into thinking that responsible spending means slash and burn to services you value. Conservatives are explicitly committed to not cutting services and supports like the Canada Child benefit, seniors’ benefits, or transfers to provinces (health etc.).
Here are a few examples of Liberal boondoggles that Conservatives will cut.
$256 million that Canada has in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China doesn’t need it. It’s against our national interests for them to have it. And Canadians can certainly use it.
The Liberals’ failed Canada Infrastructure Bank. Aside from being a money-sucking administrative nightmare, supporting projects that make no economic sense, the Canada Infrastructure Bank is a $35 billion boondoggle waiting to happen – with taxpayers assuming all the risk while corporate investors make all the profit.
And Conservatives will end the Liberal practice of handing out taxpayers’ money to billion dollar companies - like $12 million to the very profitable Loblaws Corp. to buy new fridges.
We all know that big economic recovery numbers aren’t trickling down to our households. Two thirds of Canadians say they have trouble paying their monthly bills, or have nothing left after they’ve paid them. Almost half say they are only $200 away from insolvency and couldn’t handle an unexpected loss of revenue or unplanned expense. Half say they have stopped saving for retirement and are just trying to stay afloat.
Government piles on with new taxes. More than 80% of Canadian families are paying $800 more per year in taxes than when the Trudeau Liberals came to power in 2015.
And the Liberal government has actively gone out of its way to harm Alberta’s core industry: oil and gas. Pipeline delays, discouraging investor confidence with bills like C-69 and C-48, and even just statements from the Prime Minister that we need to phase out the oil sands - all of that scares away investors and keeps unemployment in our province too high.
Conservatives will end the “death by a thousand cuts” taxation hikes, will attract new investment that means new jobs, and will keep government growth in spending to a more moderate level, allowing the debt and deficit to diminish, and reducing the amount of our budget we must dedicate to interest payments.
The Trudeau Liberals increased spending by 21% during their term. If they had held spending increases to just half that amount - still a considerable year-over-year increase in spending - the deficit today would be just $3 to $4 Billion, with the possibility of a balanced budget on the horizon. Drastic spending cuts aren’t necessary, but discipline is. New spending ideas must be accompanied by an equivalent cut to a no-longer-necessary program.