While the Liberal government promised to exempt agriculture from their carbon tax, it’s still being applied to the natural gas and propane used to dry grain.
While the Liberal government promised to exempt agriculture from their carbon tax, it’s still being applied to the natural gas and propane used to dry grain. Following a wet harvest, it was a necessity to dry grain last year, which has increased costs for farmers.
During Question Period last Thursday (January 30th), I took the Liberal Minister of Agriculture to task for failing to exempt farmers from the carbon tax.
I have been contacted by numerous local farmers who are requesting the Liberal government keep their pledge. On behalf of Westman’s farmers I took the opportunity to rise in Parliament and make the request directly to the Minister to exempt these fuels.
While the Liberal Minister of Agriculture ignored my request, I am committed to keeping the pressure on the government.
The Liberals are stalling and failing to exempt farmers from the carbon tax. They should immediately introduce the necessary legislation to fix this and reimburse farmers for carbon taxes they’ve paid to date.
Many farm organizations and provincial governments have spoken out about the need to exempt farmers to acknowledge the challenging harvest they endured. Because of the weather conditions, it is estimated that the Liberal carbon tax scheme will cost farmers $2-3 per acre to dry their grain. Given the average size of farms in Manitoba is over 1000 acres, the Liberal carbon tax is costing farmers thousands of dollars.
The Manitoba and Saskatchewan NDP both support the exemption of farmers from the carbon tax. Even the Green Party of Canada agrees that farmers should be reimbursed for drying grain last season.
The Liberals have made it clear they are oblivious to the challenges facing Westman’s farmers. They are a key driver of our economy and our farmers are vital environmental stewards.
Through practices including no-till farming and carbon sequestration in soil, agricultural producers are essential in protecting our air and water. Altogether, farmers help reduce 1.5 million tonnes of carbon per year in Canada.
I will always support our farm families and I will continue to push for them to be exempt from the Liberal carbon tax.