May 2, 2017 — Today, Premier Christy Clark proposed a $70 per tonne carbon tax on all thermal coal shipments traveling through British Columbia, regardless of the point of origin. Premier Clark’s proposed thermal coal levy would not only impact our business with the United States, but it would impact thermal coal being shipped from Alberta as well. This is type of policy-making is not in the spirit of the barrier-free trade and would have significant impacts on coal production outside of B.C.
It would be unfortunate to see these longstanding business relationships – which create jobs and economic opportunity to British Columbians, Albertans, and Canadians at large – become a casualty of heated political rhetoric in the final legs of an election campaign. We would encourage Premier Clark to reconsider her position on this egregious levy.
Director of Communications and Media Relations