Taxpayers: Alberta government must cut taxes

Author: Kris Sims 2024/05/30
  • UCP government elected one year ago
  • Income tax still not cut
  • Fuel tax is back up

LETHBRIDGE, AB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is calling on the Alberta government to keep its election promise to cut taxes for all Albertans.

“When this government was elected one year ago, drivers were paying nothing in the provincial fuel tax and today we are paying 13 cents per litre,” said Kris Sims, CTF Alberta Director. “The UCP campaigned on cutting taxes for all Albertans, but we still haven’t seen any income tax relief.

“The Alberta government needs to keep its promises and cut taxes.”

After suspending the provincial fuel tax for a year, the Alberta government increased it back up to 13 cents per litre of gasoline and diesel on April 1, 2024.

Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador have all cut fuel taxes.

During the election, the UCP promised to reduce the lowest income tax bracket to eight per cent for the first $60,000 of earnings. The government says the move would save Alberta workers about $760 each, or about $1,500 per family.

In the February, budget the government stated it would now wait until 2026 before reducing the income tax to nine per cent.

“Police officers and plumbers are taking a hit on their paycheques when they move here from B.C. and drivers are paying more here in fuel taxes than they are in Manitoba,” said Sims. “Taxpayers are struggling and the Alberta government needs to keep its promise to cut taxes now.”


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