‘Let’s get on with it,’ says UCP’s Rehn

Pat Rehn

Joe McWilliams
For South Peace News

United Conservative Party candidate for Lesser Slave Lake Pat Rehn says what he’s hearing recently in his chats with constituents is pretty much the same as what he heard when he was running for the UCP nomination last fall.

“Top of the list is to get rid of the carbon tax,” he says.

“Second is more jobs. Lack of pipelines. Get pipelines built.”

Rehn is able to tell these folks good news.

If you elect me, he’ll say, and the party is successful in forming a majority, the carbon tax will be the first thing to go.

He’s been hearing from people on the impact of the tax; one said he paid $500 a month extra for grain-drying in a wet fall, in carbon tax alone!

Another local businessman, Rehn says, showed him his carbon tax bills.

“He added it up to over half a million dollars last year!”

On the pipeline file, the goal, if elected, is “to work with the federal government to put pressure on B.C.”

Not only that, he says, but to get a pipeline built to the east coast. With those two problems solved, the jobs in the oil industry will come back. That’s an important pillar in the UCP philosophy, because it holds up another big part of the platform – paying for services at the same time as getting out of debt. It’s a tall order, but it is the goal.

“Our plan is to try to get the economy going and generate more revenue,” says Rehn. “That’s how we’ll be able to keep on paying for things.”

And don’t worry about cuts to front line jobs in health care and education. Rehn says suggestions that would happen under a UCP government are “fearmongering” and “totally false.”

What will happen, Rehn continues, is that a government led by Jason Kenney would cut red tape that makes industrial projects difficult to get started. He says an oil and gas project that might take two months to get approved in Saskatchewan takes “12 to 18 months in Alberta.”

Another thing it would do is take another look at Bill 6. It’s the bill that instituted rules regarding safety for farm workers. The farmers Rehn hears from don’t like it and don’t like that they weren’t consulted before it was passed.

Like everybody else, Rehn is waiting for the writ to drop before going full tilt into campaign mode. Not that he isn’t campaigning now; he is, because he can’t afford not to.

His main [only, at this point] opponent – incumbent NDP MLA Danielle Larivee, is known to be campaigning unofficially. Rehn says he wishes the government would get on with it.

“We don’t feel it should be the government’s right to play with that [the date] and hold everyone in suspense.”

As he was saying this, Larivee was working the same crowd as he was, at the Family Day event in Slave Lake’s Multi Rec Centre.

Rehn is opening a Slave Lake campaign office March 2. He plans on opening another office in High Prairie.

Click Here for the News Release from Pat Rehn that Followed This Story

Or Here for the Latest Update on This Carbon Tax Bill Controversy

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10 thoughts on “‘Let’s get on with it,’ says UCP’s Rehn

  1. Note to Rob:

    ” “…who woulda thunk politicians outside the anti-Trump media in the states needed their stories checked?…”

    Apparently not you. ”

    Our apologies. We should have identified the sarcasm more clearly lol. Oh well.

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  2. The numbers quoted by this UCP candidate are nothing but pure lies. Why would anyone trust this individual and anything he says any more after this pure hyperbole and falsity? Disgusting.

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  3. Carbon tax over $500,000 a year? Is his energy bill 30 million year? What kind of business does this man run? Somebody is lying here. Either Pat Rehn is gullible or he is making things up.

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    1. Good point. It would be nice if we had resources to do that. In the meantime, readers like Alfredo are holding down the fort. Although we think quite a few bills have a carbon tax line item added to them, we haven’t seen a specific bill just made for carbon tax. Gosh, who woulda thunk politicians outside the anti-Trump media in the states needed their stories checked?

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      1. “…who woulda thunk politicians outside the anti-Trump media in the states needed their stories checked?…”

        Apparently not you.

  4. “Another local businessman, Rehn says, showed him his carbon tax bills. He added it up to over half a million dollars last year!”

    Well, let’s see. Let’s put aside the fact that nobody gets a carbon tax bill. The estimated increase in gasoline prices due to the carbon levy is 4.4 cents for 2019. Let’s go with that. So half a million dollars works out to 11.3 million litres. Let’s assume a mileage of 3 litres per 100 km. That means he drove 380 million kilometers last year, which is about the distance to the asteroid belt.

    Or perhaps he spent it all on natural gas. At $1.5 per gigajoule, he would have consumed 330,000 gigajoules. Typical homes in Alberta consume 120 gigajoules per year. So his business has an annual energy consumption for heating equivalent to 2800 homes.

    Or maybe his energy consumption is somewhere in between, that is to say something between travelling out to the asteroid belt and heating 2800 homes.

    I think it’s safe to say Mr. Rehn is not only lying by making up some numbers, but also that he is not even capable of estimating the numbers so that they might seem reasonable. Is this really who you want representing you in the legislature?

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  5. Like other UCP dummies he does not seem to know that there is a thing called The Alberta Election Act that sets out fixed election dates. But hey, I’m sure they think that laws don’t apply to them by the way they have been shown to operate so far.

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