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SIMS: Alberta Taxpayers support provincial gas tax cut

CALGARY, AB: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the Alberta government’s move to suspend the provincial gas tax for at least the next six months.

“The provincial gas tax usually costs people about $15 every time we fill up a pickup truck in Alberta, so seeing it suspended is a good thing,” said Kris Sims, Alberta Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation. “This fuel tax relief will also take some of the sting out of the high cost of diesel, so that helps with job site costs and shipping essentials.”

In a live address Tuesday evening, Premier Danielle Smith announced the provincial excise tax on gasoline and diesel will be entirely suspended for at least six months.

Smith also promised that the policy of reducing or eliminating the tax based on changes in the price of a barrel of oil will become a permanent policy of the UCP government.

Previous to the Tuesday night announcement, the tax was 4.5 cents per litre of gasoline and set to rise along with the price of oil.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has been urging the provincial government to entirely suspend the fuel tax for months.

“This means Albertans pay the lowest fuel taxes in Canada,” said Sims. “The remaining fuel taxes total about 28 cents per litre and they’re all imposed by the federal government.”

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