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ALBAS: Why does the average person have to pay the price on pollution?

Dan Albas a Member of Parliament.
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April 13, 2019 - 12:00 PM

 


OPINION


This week’s report will be a short one.

Chances are you have heard of the giant grocery retailer that is owned by Canada’s second wealthiest family, the Weston’s.

Loblaws is a multi-billion dollar company that media sources reported, posted a $221 million net profit in the fourth quarter of 2018

The reason I mention this is the Liberal Government announced this week that it is giving Loblaws up to $12 million to help the for profit company to buy new, more energy efficient, refrigeration systems to help reduce Loblaws emissions.

This announcement has been one of considerable controversy in Ottawa as both the NDP and the Conservative opposition strongly disagree.

The obvious concern is that, when it comes to what Mr. Trudeau calls “putting a price on pollution”, why does the average person have to pay when a multi-billion dollar private company earning hundreds of millions in profits receives potentially $12 million towards new refrigeration?

My question this week:

Do you support large private corporations being given millions of your tax dollars on programs such as this one?

I can be reached at Dan.Albas@parl.gc.ca or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.

— Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan Similkameen Nicola. This riding includes the communities of Kelowna (specific boundaries), West Kelowna, Peachland, Summerland, Keremeos, Princeton, Merritt and Logan Lake.


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