On February 7th, Ben Lobb, Conservative Member of Parliament for Huron-Bruce, tabled Bill C-234 Act to amend the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (qualifying farming fuel). This legislation will exempt farmers from paying the Liberal carbon tax on natural gas and propane used for farming operations.
The Liberal carbon tax will reach $170/tonne by 2030. Bill C-234 provides farmers with relief by extending the exemptions to include grain drying and housing livestock. This is a crucial change, as these activities are not optional for farmers.
In January, the Parliamentary Budget Officer found that Bill C-234 will save farmers over $1.1 billion over the next 10 years. For farmers that have dealt with unpredictable weather conditions and global trade wars, this will be a much-needed relief and a necessary change for our farmers and producers.
“Many farmers in Huron-Bruce and across Canada grow crops that must be dried in a grain dryer. Many raise livestock that must be kept warm through our country’s harsh winters. These activities are crucial to farmers’ ability to keep food on Canadian’s tables. They should not have to pay a carbon tax.”