CARBON TAX

Updated: November 15, 2019

About Carbon Tax

The federal government is imposing a “price on pollution” that will be attached to all inputs including transportation, repairs, equipment and so on. The farm use of gas and diesel fuel will be exempt, however, there are many other input costs that the government is adding a carbon tax to. Each province is dealing with the federal government’s mandated carbon tax differently and some provincial governments have attempted to make it revenue neutral.

The Issues

Farmers will fully bear the cost of this tax, shrinking our margins even further. We have no way to pass these costs on to end users. Farmers have been leaders with many environmentally friendly practices – no-till planting, fewer crop inputs, better water management and fuel-efficient equipment are all steps that we have implemented for years.

Farmers should be recognized for the positive way that they treat the land they work on. For many generations, farmers have taken good care of their land, in order to ensure that they can continue to grow safe, healthy food in an environmentally sustainable way and ensure sustainability for the next generation. Farmers should be rewarded for the huge carbon sink that agriculture creates, not penalized through a carbon tax.

Our Position

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association believes that the coalition opposing the federal carbon tax is the right and necessary step. For example, Saskatchewan grain is sold into the global market and the imposition of a carbon tax makes our grain less competitive. A federal carbon tax will hurt farmers.

What We Are Doing

Carbon tax ruling disappoints farm groups

Western Canadian Wheat Growers said taxing farmers to reduce greenhouse gases is an “ill conceived” idea. “They are placing a huge financial burden on family farms,” said president Gunter Jochum. “I am concerned that many family farms will be taxed so high that the next generation will leave the industry.”

Supreme Court rules in favour of national carbon tax

Director Stephen Vandervalk at 2:25 in the video.

Farm groups sound off as Supreme Court rules in favour of federal carbon tax

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has also expressed their strong disappointment. Gunter Jochum, president of WCWGA, says the Liberal government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gases through taxation is ill conceived. “They are placing a huge financial burden on family farms,” say Jochum. “With the ongoing increases in the carbon-tax moving to $170/tonne by 2030, I am […]

Wheat Growers Disappointed in Supreme Court Ruling on Carbon Tax

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers expressed their strong disappointment in the ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada upholding the constitutionality of the carbon tax. “The Liberal federal government’s plans to reduce greenhouse gases through taxation is ill conceived. They are placing a huge financial burden on family farms. With the ongoing increases […]

Federal ministers promise carbon tax rebates as Conservative bill to exempt on-farm propane and natural gas passes 2nd reading

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers said there have been major investments to agriculture since the elimination of the Canadian Wheat Board nine years ago.

Federal ministers promise carbon tax rebates as Conservative bill to exempt on-farm propane and natural gas passes 2nd reading

Several farm groups, including Grain Growers of Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario, and the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, have fully supported Lawrence’s bill, welcoming the effort to exempt fuels used for grain drying from the carbon tax. However, the Liberals have decided to argue the bill won’t achieve its intended outcome with grain drying due […]

Wheat Growers Support Bill C-206; An Act to Amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers is pleased to offer its support for Bill C-206, An Act to Amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, sponsored by Phillip Lawrence, MP (Northumberland-Peterborough South). “Estimates vary from farm to farm, but some farmers have paid over $10,000 in carbon tax on their grain drying bill,” said […]

Western Wheat Growers chair hopes for profitable year in 2021

Daryl Fransoo says the pandemic created some challenges for farmers but had limited effect. He says grain exports are booming and prices are on the rise.

Carbon Tax Putting Heavy Burden on Farmers

“I would argue that we as farmers are actually a carbon sink—we sequester more carbon in our soils than we emit in greenhouse gases,” he said.

Jeff Bennett Talks Carbon Tax on Sher-E Punjab Radio

Listen by clicking below.

Farm and Crop Times – WG Carbon Tax Feature – December 2020

Beginning on page 12: Farmers in Canada are outraged over a decision to hike carbon taxes as part of the government’s plan to tackle the climate crisis. In order to achieve net zero emissions in 2050, Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau’s government has decided to increase the carbon price by $15 per year starting […]

CFCW Carbon Tax Conversation with Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel – December 21, 2020

PART 2: Wheat Growers’ Director Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel has a passionate discussion with CFCW’s Cheryl Brooks about the brutal additional carbon tax hike announced by the Trudeau’s Liberal government.

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