Delay of C-208 is a Slap in the Face to Family Farms
CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers were dismayed to learn that the federal Liberal Government and Ministry of Finance have refused to immediately implement C-208. The Bill was given Royal Assent on June 29, 2021, and yet the government has announced it will not be implemented until at least 2022. The Bill removes an unfair tax burden that farmers face when transferring their farm to a family member.
“It is clear that the Liberals don’t care about family farms or where Canadian food is grown,” stated Daryl Fransoo, Chair and Saskatchewan Director. “Sadly, this government talks about the environment and food safety, in reality would rather hurt Canadian family farms and import food from countries that often have poor environmental standards or food safety standards.”
Member of Parliament Larry McGuire understands the importance of the family farm and took the right steps to protect the transfer of it from one generation to the next. Without this legislation, it would cost the owners hundreds of thousands of dollars to sell to their son or daughter. It is actually more profitable to sell to an outside corporation than a family member.
“Canadians need to understand that this current government is not looking out for the best interest of Canadian family farms. They say one thing and do something completely different. Virtue signaling and questionable ethics will not put safe food on the plates of Canadians,” closed Gunter Jochum, President and Manitoba Director.
About the Wheat Growers:
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association is a voluntary farmer-run advocacy organization dedicated to developing public policy solutions that strengthen the profitability and sustainability of farming, and the agricultural industry as a whole. The 50th anniversary book, “Warriors For Wheat” is available to purchase online.
For more information, please visit wheatgrowers.ca.