Updated: March 13, 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

Wheat Growers “Very Disappointed” Liberals Voted Back In

The President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says they're very disappointed to see the Liberals back in power. Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power.

Wheat Growers Disappointed With Election Results

Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power. "Anything rural in Ontario was blue as well, and us in the West, naturally all blue, and that is because of how the Liberals treated agriculture [...]

840 CFCW’s Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist of the Wheat Growers regarding the upcoming federal election

One of the main concerns from many rural Canadians, especially those on the Prairies, is the lack of talk about agriculture during the federal election campaign. In reality, there's been very little and yet agriculture is one of the biggest economic drivers in the country. 840 CFCW's Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist [...]

Federal Parties Answer Agriculture Questionnaire

The federal parties' commitments to farmers and the agricultural sector are highlighted in a questionnaire released by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Tuesday. The questionnaire was sent to all registered political parties and consisted of five questions exploring their view on priorities for farmers overall, on transporting grain, trade barriers and carbon pricing.

One Stop Shop For Election Issues Affecting Grain Farmers

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association has put together a one stop shop for Federal election issues affecting grain farmers. Back in September, the farmer-run advocacy organization sent five questions to each of the registered parties on topics they thought would be of interest to prairie grain producers. The policy questions cover industry priorities such [...]

Listen: Comparing federal political party ag policy

With this challenging and stressful fall, many producers haven’t had a lot of time to focus on the federal election campaign. One farm group has gathered the ag policy platforms of political parties into one convenient location. Alice McFarlane with Ag Access talked to Western Canadian Wheat Growers Executive Director Dave Quist about the five policy questions [...]

Weekend rain and snow cause more harvest delays across Saskatchewan

Wheat Growers chair Jim Wickett at Rosetown says some crops have been flattened and downgraded to livestock feed by the rain and snow. Wickett adds farmers face much higher costs for grain drying and he is hoping for some rebate from the federal carbon tax.

Canadian farmers on trade, environmental policy and the federal election

For Matt Sawyer, a canola and wheat farmer in Acme, Alta., the most pressing issue this election is trade. "The last 36 months, we've lost trade with Vietnam, Peru, Saudi Arabia and China and we need to come forward with some measures to re-establish trade for our producers as soon as we can. Bottom line," [...]

Carbon Pricing Rebates Return a Portion to Farmers

CALGARY, AB: Yesterday’s Federal Government announcement of the Climate Action Incentive Fund (CAIF) is simply a way to bribe farmers with their own money. CAIF will be available to farmers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. “While the federal government continues to apply and collect a carbon tax on almost everything farmers use, our […]

GX on Agriculture Podcast: Director Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel on Fed’s Climate Action Incentive Fund

Director Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, Saskatchewan Director on the board of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, talks about the federal government's climate action incentive fund. Listen at 6:20.

Wheat Growers Oppose Carbon Tax Ruling

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers is disappointed by today’s ruling that the federal government may impose a carbon tax onto the provinces. “Today’s ruling denies the premise that provinces are best able to deal with the issues that impact them. Agriculture environmental policy and its implementation is best managed by the provincial government […]

Wheat Growers Congratulates Premier Kenney and the UCP

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers would like to congratulate Premier Elect Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party on their strong win in Alberta. “Wheat Growers support the values of lower taxes, smaller government and the elimination of the ill-formed carbon tax. We look forward to working with the new provincial government to […]