Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprising move on Monday Oct. 3, announcing the implementation of a Federal Carbon Tax.
Under the new tax, every province in Canada must adopt a carbon tax or cap-and-trade plan, or the federal government will impose it's own.
The federal government will set a minimum price on carbon of $50 a tonne by 2022, the price will start at $10 a tonne in 2018, and go up by $10 a year for the next four years.
Banff-Airdrie MP Blake Richards thinks the tax is a wrong move.
"Well for Alberta, what a kick while we're down," he says. "It's a tough time right now for so many people who have lost their jobs, and the only way we have any hope at the end of the tunnel is to see our energy industry have some support from this government. Rather than a government that's trying to engage to make sure we can see those kinds of opportunities come, instead they're going to slap a huge new tax on us and drive up the cost of everything we buy. It's completely backwards."
A $50 carbon tax would drive up consumer gasoline prices by 11 cents a litre, Richards says while he thinks it's a poor choice, there isn't much room for negotiating with the Liberals.
"Justin Trudeau made it quite clear they will impose this on every province, this is not something that they're giving any ability to negotiate. In fact from a government that claimed they were going to try to do politics differently and work together with provinces, this is the complete opposite."
Richards says anyone in Alberta can go to his website to register any opposition to the Carbon Tax.
"I'm standing up for them, I'm fighting for them, and I will make as much noise as I can."