Tory leader heckled after announcing energy plan

« How is your plan a green plan? Reductions by 2050 is out of the question. Reductions now or your plan won’t help anyone. »


Albertan households will receive a $100 tax rebate for buying energy efficient appliances if the Tory government is re-elected, Conservative Leader Ed Stelmach announced yesterday.

But, while in Edmonton announcing a parks plan, a Greenpeace activist quickly emerged from the crowd of Tory MLAs and party faithfuls to heckle the premier on his environmental record.

“How is your plan a green plan?” Paul Baker asked while attempting to present Stelmach with a mock “Environmental Destroyer of the Year” award. “Reductions by 2050 is out of the question. Reductions now or your plan won’t help anyone.”

But Stelmach countered that his climate change strategy is practical and achievable while Kyoto-style targets would slash 335,000 jobs and pull $1 billion out of the economy.

“I’m for good change for Albertans. I’m not about radical change,” he told the audience of Tory supporters. A member of the premier’s security team then removed the activist from the building.

Alberta Liberal Leader Kevin Taft took issue with Stelmach not explaining where he was getting his figures from on massive job losses if harder green targets were utilized.

“I don’t know if he’s trying to run a campaign of fear or a campaign of goofiness,” he said. “Pulling numbers like that out of a hat doesn’t do the issue any justice.”

Meanwhile, New Democrat Leader Brian Mason vowed yesterday to increase oil royalties to fund a $20 billion green plan of his own.