Alberta carbon tax kicks in: ‘It’s already here, we can’t do anything about it’

After months of heated political debate, the Notley government’s carbon levy took effect across Alberta on Sunday.

The levy will be charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted at a rate of $20 per tonne in 2017 and $30 per tonne in 2018.

That will result in gas shooting up by 4.5 cents per litre across Alberta beginning Sunday. Diesel is set to increase by 5.4 cents per litre and natural gas will climb more than $1 per gigajoule.

As of Sunday, the cost of a litre of gas jumped by about five cents at most Edmonton gas stations and the levy received mixed reaction from drivers fuelling up.

“We’re in an unsustainable province,” Ryan McKinley said. “We have to have one (carbon levy), we have to change what we do.”

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