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

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.

CFCW Carbon Tax Conversation with Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel – December 18, 2020

PART 1: 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.

Carbon tax hike sparks outrage

“It’s disgusting,” said Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association president Gunter Jochum, who farms west of Winnipeg. “I can’t believe that our federal government would put a crippling tax on small businesses and farmers.” Many western grain growers are fuming at Ottawa’s surprise move to boost the federal carbon tax by an additional $15 per tonne […]

Canadian farmers ‘infuriated’ by increases in Trudeau’s carbon tax 2.0

Farmers across Canada were already angry and upset over Prime Minister Trudeau’s existing carbon tax but are now even more upset at the increases announced this month. Groups such as the Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO), Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) have all come […]

Wheat Growers Say Liberal’s Carbon Tax 2.0 Will Hurt Farmers

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) says it’s shocked that the federal government is hiking the carbon tax during the middle of a pandemic and with no regard to the impact on the bottom line of grain farmers. The Liberals plan to increase the carbon price by $15 per year, starting in 2023, rising […]

Alberta farmers upset with federal carbon tax plan

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers believe raising the carbon tax will be a huge hit to farmers. The federal government released a $15-billion plan to meet its climate change commitments Friday, which includes steady increases to its carbon tax in each of the next 10 years.

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