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 hike during a pandemic a cruel prank by the federal government

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers call upon the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax on agriculture by recognizing the carbon storage that we create annually. “It is imperative that we keep our grain farmers competitive globally, especially at a time such as this,” says Gunter Jochum, president of WCWG.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers calls for the cancellation of Federal Carbon Tax Implementation

With the April 1 implementation deadline looming, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are calling for the federal government to eliminate the move to increase the carbon tax from $20 to $30/tonne for those provinces under the federal backstop.

Farm, trucking groups call for carbon tax break

In an April 1 news release, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association urged Ottawa to eliminate the carbon tax on agriculture. “In the midst of a global pandemic, the federal government is using April Fool’s Day to increase the carbon tax from $20 per tonne to $30 per tonne,” WCWGA said.

Carbon Tax Increase Takes Effect

Darryl Fransoo a Director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says a tax increase is foolish right now. “I would even implore them to get rid of it totally in this time where we are facing a big time economic crisis. It’s all the way from the top down and it ends up taking money […]

Federal Carbon Tax To Increase Despite Economic Pain

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association also urged the government to delay the planned increase saying now is not the time to be adding to household expenses. “Our focus should be on the health and economic well-being of all Canadians,” said Gunter Jochum, president of the farm advocacy group.

Wheat Growers call on Ottawa to roll-back this week’s carbon tax hike

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers is calling on Ottawa to roll-back the ten dollar a ton hike in the federal carbon tax, which came into effect Wednesday. Wheat Growers Chair Daryl Fransoo of Glaslyn says the 50 percent hike in the carbon tax is bad timing when the economy is in facing a major pandemic, […]

Canada’s carbon tax increasing April 1 despite coronavirus economic crunch

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association had urged the government to delay the planned increase. “Now is not the time to be to be adding to our household expenses,” said Gunter Jochum, president of the farm advocacy group.

Carbon pricing not going anywhere, Trudeau says

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation and the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association had called for a delay to the planned carbon pricing increase. Canadians didn’t need “higher taxes driving up the costs they still face” during this “unprecedented global crisis,” the federation argued in a statement Monday.

April Fool’s Day Carbon Tax increase is fooling no one

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers call upon the federal government to eliminate the carbon tax on agriculture by recognizing the carbon storage that we create annually. “It is imperative that we keep our grain farmers competitive globally, especially at a time such as this,” closed Gunter Jochum, President.

April Fool’s Day Carbon Tax Increase is Fooling No One

CALGARY, AB: In the midst of a global pandemic, the Federal Government is using April Fool’s Day to increase the carbon tax from $20/tonne to $30/tonne. At a time when hundreds of thousands of people are being laid off and many businesses are at least temporarily closing, the tax on just about everything is increasing. […]

Justin Trudeau Gets Crushed Online After Suggesting Canadians Turn Off Lights, TV For ‘Earth Hour’ Amid Coronavirus Quarantine

“The Canadian economy is facing a serious challenge. Adding a 50 per cent increase in the carbon tax is a further hit to grain farmers’ bottom line and Canadian consumers’ food bills. Now is not the time to be to be adding to our household expenses,” the head of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association […]

Federal Carbon Tax implementation must be cancelled

With the April 1 implementation deadline looming, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers are calling for the federal government to eliminate the move to increase the carbon tax from $20 to $30/tonne for those provinces under the federal backstop.

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