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Alberta group demands plebiscite on carbon tax

The Alberta group that recently organized rallies against the provincial carbon tax is hoping to get at least 500,000 signatures on its petition, calling for a plebiscite on the carbon tax issue.

Alberta Wide Rally hopes to get half a million signatures on its petition

Hundreds gathered in Edmonton and other Alberta communities on Nov. 5 to protest the NDP's carbon tax. (Emily Fitzpatrick/CBC)

The Alberta group that recently organized rallies against the provincial carbon tax is hoping to get at least 500,000 signatures on its petition demanding a plebiscite on the carbon tax issue.

The Alberta Wide Rally movement, which calls itself a grassroots organization, held about a dozen rallies throughout the province earlier this month.

Todd Beasley, Alberta Wide Rally's managing director, calls the carbon tax "an economy killer." 

The NDP say the tax is a way to fight climate change and reduce the province's carbon footprint.

Beasley told the Calgary Eyeopener on Monday the government does not have a mandate to implement the tax.

"Most certainly in Alberta, Rachel Notley did not go to the people and say, 'This is what we are going to do', moreover 'This is the economic cost of it,'" said Beasley.

The Alberta Wide Rally hopes to submit the petition to the legislature within the next couple of months.

"Our goal is to secure 500,000 signatures of support in a petition, asking the Alberta Provincial Legislative Assembly to urge the provincial government to hold a plebiscite/referendum/vote, in support or opposition to the Alberta Provincial Governments Bill 20, the 'Climate Leadership Plan,'" the group says on its website.

For more information, the group has set up a web page about the petition, or visit the Government of Alberta's website for details about the carbon levy.

With files from Jennifer Lee and the Calgary Eyeopener

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